Not long ago, Australian Catholic University (ACU) was among the many organizations working through a legacy of point-to-point interfaces among its enterprise application portfolio.
Challenges centering around enterprise-level data ownership, identifying single-source of truth, and visibility of data sharing between business systems were further aggravated by a need for higher levels of maturity in information management practices such as data lifecycle management, information security, data flow visibility and accountability within the university.
These issues mandated the IT directorate to introduce a central data sharing platform – the Enterprise Integration Hub (EIH), allowing the university to embark on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and pave the way for an API-based ecosystem enabling seamless integration among internal and external systems and partners.
Over the past 18 months, the University has created APIs around student datasets and integrated with a purpose-built student portal and public websites. Student datasets are also being shared through the API cloud with external partners in a secure manner. Currently, we are working on human capital management datasets and are sharing these through the latest version of WSO2 Enterprise Integrator.
Enabled by the API-centric integration development processes and platform, ACU in the very near future will also develop microservices bringing better mobility and service options to the wider university stakeholders as well as exploring potential monetization opportunities with industry partners and employers through the platform.