The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is a public research university in Melbourne, Australia. It has an enrollment of around 97,000 higher and vocational education students, making it the largest dual-sector education institution in Australia. RMIT wanted to modernize its data platforms and processes to better accommodate the growing complexity of its architecture and increasing data volumes. The university’s end goal was to create a comprehensive digital system that could access datasets generated by student and staff touchpoints across all locations.
A Powerful Platform
RMIT primarily wanted to create asset-based datasets that would enable the institution to create scalable data-as-a-service, ready to be used across the business with no or minimal IT dependency. The university also wanted to prioritize key data integrations that were critical for decision making and operations, to continuously improve student participation and engagement.
The Denodo Platform acted as a unified data access layer, integrating data from SaaS applications such as Salesforce, Workday, Adobe, Canvas, Microsoft Office 365, and a variety of on-premises systems. This unified data access layer helped RMIT build a logical data fabric that fed data to the university's enterprise insights portal, which consisted of a variety of consuming applications including Power BI, as well as data cubes, IOT dashboards, and mobile and desktop apps.