Integration and Interoperability: Reducing Costs through Industry Standards and Specifications

Interoperability among an institution’s systems, its e-learning tools, content, and system components, is one of the keys to the successful implementation of an e-learning environment. In general, the purpose of e-learning interoperability standards is to provide standardized data structures and communications protocols for cross-system workflows and e-learning objects. When done correctly, this provides a seamless experience for end users and reduces your overall “Costs of Fragmentation”. More often than not, however, e-learning interoperability is a goal that institutions do not achieve. We are the team that academic technologists turn to when they want to make interoperability a reality.

Application Integration

There is no shortage of software in education today. CRM, SIS, ERP, LMS, there are dozens of acronyms. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of clarity about how to make these various systems work effectively together. Our consultants can help integrate your disparate systems into a cohesive, efficient unit. By sharing information effectively across these systems, our consultants are able to improve operational efficiencies within your organization. Gilfus Education Group team members have successfully integrated hundreds of Learning and Content Management Systems with ERP/SIS systems. We know how to bring clarity and continuity of information to your overall operations.

Centralized User Access and Single-Sign-On

Would you like to provide your users with easy single-sign-on (SSO) access to their most vital applications? No longer a ‘nice-to-have’, this capability is now considered a requirement of all modern academic environments. Fortunately, achieving true single-sign-on requires a series of straightforward technical steps and business process changes. Our consultants can guide you through the process to delivering SSO using a central authentication system (CAS), LDAP, Active Directory, portal services, or a combination of methods.

Data Interchange and Data Warehousing

Data integration is the process of moving and combining data across information systems. It typically consists of extracting data from different sources (databases, files, applications, Web Services, emails, etc.), applying transformations (join, lookup, deduplication, calculation, etc.) to this data, and sending the resulting data to target systems. Data warehousing systems can be invaluable in assisting with the process of making informed, real-time business decisions. Our team knows what it takes to create reliable data warehouses and benefits from business intelligence tools. What problem are you trying to solve? We can help you do it.

Content Compatibility and Conversion

If your operation requires the conversion or migration of courses and course content, our tools and processes can help you make the switch. We can help you move from one version of an LMS or CMS to another, convert courses for import or export between two difference systems, and streamline course content to optimize it for use on mobile devices. Our experienced team of consultants can manage the necessary project and technical details to complete these conversions and also provide guidance for your future technology decisions based on our well established proven practices.