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Cornell University

Cornell University builds campus connected to Boomi

Universidad de Cornell

Customer

Cornell University

Industry and market

Higher education

Central Office

Ithaca, New York

Students

23,000

General Context

Cornell University, an Ivy League school with 15 universities 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 technology-savvy students, including Gen Z digital natives, 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 on-premise legacy middleware tool 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 problems with stability and speed of execution.
The university’s IT team evaluated several market-leading iPaaS products including Boomi in their search for cloud integration tools. Boomi, was ultimately selected for its speed, ease of use, and its comprehensive capabilities to deliver a complete matrix of integrations needed to run in a hybrid IT environment.

Business Results

The IT group at Cornell is discovering transformational benefits in systems integration and modernization of its academic, IT and business processes since the adoption of Boomi. Boomi’s native low-code cloud platform has been instrumental to CIT in creating a connected campus:

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

The Cornell IT team has also included Boomi in their university classes in data modeling, so “Integration Students” can have hands-on experiences and enter the workforce as Certified Developers at Boomi.

Comments on the case

  • Boomi is a cornerstone for our ongoing transformation to a more efficient connected digital campus.

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    John Parker
    Lead Software Engineer & Integration Architect
  • We built integrations with Boomi in a quarter of the time it took us before, and those integrations run three or four times faster than they did on the previous platform.

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    John Parker
    Lead Software Engineer & Integration Architect

How Boomi helped

In just three months, the Cornell Information Technologies (CTI) group migrated all its integration processes from on-prem middleware to Boomi. In contrast, the university would have required a year to change the 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,” said Dennis Frederick, an integration developer at Cornell. “With Boomi’s extensive set of connectors, 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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