As universities have evolved to keep pace with the “Information Revolution”, their technology stack has quadrupled, and technology debt has increased. It has led to creation of ‘application silos’ with no visibility of information outside it. Universities started with Mainframes and Midframes to satisfy their early technological needs and now increasingly use the Web and Cloud Data Applications. It is becoming complex and laborious for their IT Departments to keep all the different technological stacks integrated together so that correct decisions and analytics can be derived out of them.
Many universities have embarked on ambitious Information Technology programs to retire their IT Debt and embrace new cloud technologies and cloud applications. As the technology stack evolves – universities have a need to integrate these different platforms on the cloud (Salesforce, Workday, ServiceNow, etc.) and on-premise (legacy mainframes and midframes, existing enterprise data warehouses, etc.).