Cornell University

Cornell University builds campus connected to Boomi


Cornell University

Industry and market

Higher education

Head office

Ithaca, New York

General context

Cornell University, an Ivy League school with 15 colleges and schools in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, adopted a cloud-first modernization strategy to create a connected digital campus for its 23,000 students and nearly 10,000 employees.

Led by the Cornell Information Technologies (CTI) group, the modernization initiative focused on business objectives that included improving administrative efficiency, reducing costs, and providing a collaborative learning environment for students and faculty.

It also aimed to meet the high expectations of tech-savvy students, including Gen Z digital native students, to access course materials and other information through desktop, mobile, and social platforms.

The IT team faced a hurdle in the university’s journey to the cloud: it needed agile integration across new cloud applications and legacy systems that would remain in place within its hybrid IT environment.

The legacy on-premises middleware tool that CIT had been using for integration was not scalable. Not only was it a complex and time-consuming tool, but it also had high maintenance costs, was incompatible with the variety of cloud applications in Cornell’s IT modernization process, and had issues with stability and execution speed.

The university’s IT team evaluated several market-leading iPaaS products including Boomi in its search for cloud integration tools. Boomi was ultimately selected for its speed, ease of use, and comprehensive capabilities to deliver the full array of integrations needed to run in a hybrid IT environment.

Business results

The IT group at Cornell is discovering transformative benefits in integrating systems and modernizing its academic, IT and business processes since adopting Boomi. Boomi’s low-code cloud-native platform has been instrumental for CIT in creating a connected campus

  • Speed of development - CIT builds integrations in a quarter of the time required with its previous on-prem middleware - With only two developers
  • Easy to maintain and monitor - CTI has eliminated the hassle of trying to manage complex custom code, and has far better visibility into your integration processes.
  • Accelerated execution times - Integration processes run up to 4X faster with Boomi compared to the legacy platform previously used.

The Cornell IT team has also included Boomi to its undergraduate classes in data modeling, so “Student Integrators” can have hands-on experience and enter the workforce as Boomi Certified Developers.

Comments on the case

  • We built integrations with Boomi in a quarter of the time it took us before, and those integrations run three to four times faster than they did on the previous platform.

    John Parker
    Lead Software Engineer & Integration Architect
  • Boomi is a cornerstone for our ongoing transformation to a more efficient connected digital campus.

    John Parker
    Lead Software Engineer & Integration Architect

How Dell Boomi helped

In just three months, the Cornell Information Technologies (CTI) group migrated all of its integration processes from on-prem middleware to Boomi. In contrast, the university would have required a year to switch integrations to the previously used middleware platform.

With Boomi, CTI was able to quickly build 37 integrations across its hybrid environment of best-of-breed cloud applications, and on-prem legacy applications.

“Boomi is powerful, easier to use and much more flexible than our previous integration tool,” says Dennis Frederick, an integrations developer at Cornell. “With the broad set of connectors in Boomi, we can easily integrate almost anything.”

The university is also using Boomi API Management to discover data from legacy applications and supports its modernized cloud and mobile environment.

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