Aalto University operates in several locations: the Greater Helsinki area, Mikkeli and Pori, making it Finland's second largest university. It has an extremely complicated enviornment consisting of tens of systems and thousands of integrations ensuring that close to 22,000 students, 4,000 staff members across all campuses will have the best academic experince.
The aim was to revamp the implementation model of integrations so that one integration solution can meet the business development needs and the gradual replacement of the back-end systems.
In addition, integrations of new services implemented with the SaaS model required new solutions such as OpenAPI interfaces. Particular emphasis was placed on centralized management of data flows and their ability to control them themselves.
With FRENDS we are able to operate and understand everything without technical knowledge.
Patrick Maltusch, Head of Integration, Aalto University
Aalto had used many different Open-Source integration platforms in the past and the cost of continuous use was a problem. That was especially evident as a resource challenge for day-to-day operations and management, when even basic maintenance required developer-level expertise.
Aalto has implemented numerous integrations through the FRENDS iPaaS. FRENDS has also allowed Aalto to manage and control the integrations without the help of a 3rd party vendors, enabling ad-hoc integrator roles within the organization.
Aalto has implemented FRENDS public interfaces in accordance with the OpenAPI standard as well as traditional data transfers between systems. Process automation is also a significant part of Aalto's integrations.
Recently Aalto has started using FRENDS to orchestrate RPA-robots (Robotic Process Automation) and their executions in addition to more traditional integration patterns.