Software Defined

The University of Texas at Austin defines “software” as computer applications, services, and databases that are installed locally or remotely (in the cloud). Examples of university software include:

  • Traditional Applications – applications installed on your individual computer (e.g., Microsoft Word).
  • Hosted Applications – applications that are installed on a server (the cloud) and accessed via the Internet and Web browser.
    • Hosted Locally – applications installed on a server onsite at the university.
    • Hosted Remotely - applications installed on a server offsite by the vendor (e.g., Amazon Web Services). Certain applications hosted remotely are also known as Software as a Service (SaaS) (e.g., Smartsheet).
  • Free – any software offered for free or for trial periods, including open source applications.
  • Donated – any software that is donated at no cost or at a significant discount.
  • Purchased via Purchase Order or Business Contract – the software purchasing method does not affect whether review by Business Contracts is required.
  • Accessed via the Internet– applications and services which are accessed via the Internet and Web browser (e.g., UTBox).
  • Lab and Research - applications installed on computers connected to lab or research equipment.
  • Online Databases – a license to access online databases.
  • Mobile Applications – development and publishing of applications for mobile devices (e.g., iOS or Android applications).
  • Websites – applications and hosting services used to host, develop, and run a website.

Note: Some of these categories overlap, but are included for clarity.