Brisbane-based college boosts cloud-first strategy with Boomi

Brisbane-based college boosts cloud-first strategy with Boomi

St Laurence’s College ensures data consistency across hybrid cloud environment.

Brisbane-based St Laurence’s College (Lauries) is using the Boomi platform to enhance the end-to-end experience of its 1,990 students and 250 teachers and staff, from enrolment and onboarding through to exiting the school.

Founded in 1915 in Brisbane, Lauries is a boys’ school for students from grades five to 12 managing significant volumes of data across dozens of systems within a complex hybrid environment.

With no integration capability previously in place, Lauries selected the Boomi platform to connect its on-premises and cloud-based applications to establish a centralised database and ensure data is consistent across all systems.

“The vast number of groups and user accounts within the Lauries community makes our data processes similar to that of universities – we face the same challenges in managing student and staff information,” said Nick Lieschke, Dean of Business Operations and Information Technology.

“We needed an integration platform to remove the complexity and chose Boomi for its robust, low-code integration capabilities. Boomi connects our data points and helps us maintain a single source of truth, reducing the burden of data entry practices and freeing up time for staff.”

Lauries is using Boomi’s integration platform as a service (iPaaS) to connect its human resources (HR), finance and school management systems, as well as a growing number of cloud-based applications. The platform maintains all data in a consistent manner between these systems and Microsoft Azure and Active Directory – with data validation built in to notify staff of any conflicts in account data.

Before using the Boomi platform, Lauries handled all data collection and management processes manually, causing data consistency difficulties.

The platform has helped save an entire IT staff member’s workload.

“Boomi is a crucial part in our mission to future-proof Lauries and makes it much easier to introduce new software as a service (SaaS) as part of our cloud-first strategy.”

Once students, teachers and staff leave Lauries, the college can also ensure their information will be disposed of – reducing the risk of data leaks.

In future Boomi projects, Lauries is looking to deploy Flow – Boomi’s workflow automation solution – to handle onboarding and exit forms.

Once in place, Flow will help Lauries send letters of offer to new teachers and enrolment documents to prospective students, making it quick and easy for those parties to complete and sign, and for the school to create accurate records at the end of the process.

The automation will also support requested changes to user accounts, such as instances of students changing their elective subjects.

“Schools should be able to direct their resources to education and the overall student experience and not be bogged down in maintaining the technology systems they use to do this,” said Nathan Gower, Director of Australia and New Zealand, Boomi.

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