Reference: Aalto University

Aalto University has an extremely complicated enviornment consisting of tens of systems and thousands of integrations serving hundreds of thousands of students.

Customer Quote

With FRENDS we are able to operate and understand everything without technical knowledge.

-Patrick Maltusch, Head of Integration, Aalto University

Integration Patterns

  • Open API's
  • File Transfers
  • Legacy System Modernization
  • Process Automation
  • RPA


  • 1 650 000 integration flow executions per month
  • Over 60 systems and applications integrated

IT Landscape

  • Hybrid environment
  • Student Data Protection
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Business Goals

Aalto University is composed of six schools with close to 17,500 students and 4,000 staff members, making it Finland's second largest university.

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.

Integration Challenges

Aalto had used many different Open-Source integration platforms in the past and the cost of continuous use was a problem. This 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 and their executions in addition to more traditional integration patterns.

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