Financial Computing System Technical Requirements

These technical considerations need to be fully addressed:

 ConnectivityIf several campus units use the newly created system, it should operate through the campus backbone network. (See the Information Technology Services (IT Services) site for more information on the campus network.) It should also support TCP/IP, the primary communication protocol for UCLA and UC computing.

 Hardware purchases should be evaluated with several criteria in mind, including:

  • Connectivity
  • Performance
  • Reliability
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Efficiency
  • Availability of software
  • Vendor support
  • Cost
 Software Software purchases should also be evaluated with several criteria in mind:
  • The choice of operating system should consider such issues as connectivity, consistency of user interfaces, vendor support and ease of application interfaces.
  • UCLA administrative applications should be based on relational databases, with SQL the standard database access and manipulation language.
  • The selection of a programming language should depend upon code availability, performance, staff skills, development time, interoperability, long-term vendor support and how well the programs will work with existing programs.

 User InterfaceAdministrative applications should provide a standard, consistent and friendly user interface incorporating screen appearance, navigation procedures, menu selections, function keys, colors, messages, online help and terminology. 


For further information, contact IT Services (see Related Information).