Ciber has a long standing IT partnership with this client, spanning nearly six years, and has an in-depth knowledge of its IT landscape. Together with Ciber, the school evaluated its portfolio of applications in order to identify and remove redundancy, and move applications to the cloud. They identified the Force.com solution as the cloud platform that most closely matched their requirements.
Typical of mature IT organizations, the business school evaluated their application portfolio and identified areas of data duplication, excess management and personnel costs associated with their legacy applications built over the last 20 years. Many organizations that have similar challenges as this university also find that their IT department focuses much of its time and energy on maintenance, software and hardware upgrades and system troubleshooting, rather than other important initiatives.
Ensuring efficacy of the processes it uses to evaluate applications, and incorporating industry best practices was important to the overall success. Additionally, the business school wanted IT spending its time and resources on business initiatives outside of routine application maintenance and software updating issues.
Salesforce.com’s (SFDC) Force.com platform was identified as the most viable option for migrating key applications to a cloud-based platform. Out-of-the-box components provided immediate benefits to the business school’s application development process, including: auto-generated user interfaces, comprehensive reporting capabilities, workflow and approvals, and mobile optimization, to name a few.
Ciber partnered with the school to co-develop the logic that outlined which applications should be retired, re-factored (both business and technology), re-hosted or retained. Ciber acted as the client’s sole partner for the migration of the identified applications onto the Force.com Platform.