Corrections Business Functions Publication Released
Monday, June 6, 2016
Posted by: Andrea Walter
The IJIS Institute, in partnership with the Corrections Technology Association (CTA), a public, non-profit network of professionals actively involved in leveraging technology in the field of Corrections, announce the release of an important new resource document, Common Business Functions for Correctional Management Systems, http://www.ijis.org/page/CorrectionsFunctions, to aid state and local correctional agencies in assessing, upgrading and/or replacing their offender management system (OMS). The intended audience for this document is anyone involved in procuring, developing, implementing and/or supporting an OMS for state and local correctional agencies.
By categorizing and describing the primary business functions that offender management systems must support, Common Business Functions for Correctional Management Systems helps agencies identify and close gaps in their existing OMS, with the goal of helping to optimize correctional agencies’ use of technology. For agencies seeking to procure an OMS, this document provides a potential blueprint of the functional requirements to be met by the new system, thereby accelerating creation of the Request for Proposals (RFP) and reducing risk that business processes are overlooked in the RFP. Likewise, for agencies and vendors involved in developing and supporting an OMS solution, this document serves as a functional checklist and provides input into the system design specification. Moreover, by defining business functions in precise terms, the document promotes standardized terminology to help IT professionals communicate with business staff and acquisitions specialists, enabling IT staff to better serve the business needs of corrections agencies.