3.3 Administrative Information Systems (AIS)

The Administrative Information Systems (AIS) department provides information technology solutions and services that enhance the administrative operations of The University of Iowa business, collegiate, academic, and service groups. These services include the full spectrum of development activities (design, programming, implementation, and maintenance), database management and administration, information access, consulting, and project management. These services are provided for internally developed and purchased software. Additionally, Administrative Information Systems provides coordination and support for the University Data Warehouse, which provides end users with decision support, and web-based reporting environments for Admissions Office, Grant Accounting, General Ledger, Human Resources, Payroll, and University Billing Office data. For more information on any of these services, please contact AIS.

The administrative systems supported by AIS encompass a diverse set of University functions such as academic and financial student records, library automation, central business office functions, human resources, payroll, and personnel services. AIS's major customers include the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Registrar, University Housing and Dining, Admissions, Financial Aid, Finance and Operations, Business Office, Accounting and Financial Reporting, Human Resources, Facilities Services, Research, and University Libraries.

The University's administrative systems are hosted on a variety of computing platforms (IBM Enterprise Server, Unix, Linux, and Windows servers) and databases (DB2, Oracle, and MS SQL Server) using many different development environments (PL1 Batch and CICS, PeopleSoft, Java, and MS Access). AIS services are supported through strong partnerships with sponsoring customer departments and other ITS departments.

The Administrative Information Systems department is organized into customer-centric and service-oriented work groups. Currently, there are four work groups aligned directly with major customer groups (Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Library, Finance and Operations, and Finance and Operations-PeopleSoft) to provide their specific support needs. The Institutional Data and Data Management Group is a service-oriented work group that provides broad services across all the administrative customer base. Project MAUI consists of several project-centric work groups focused on either functional modules (Admissions, Student Records, Billing, or Degree Audit-transfer Articulation) or technical infrastructure.