Connecting ANU Project (Data Integration)

Separate data systems and islands of data are not just the domain of business but affect universities and in particular the ANU. In the past the ANU has acquired hundreds of IT systems that range from being completely separate, to being connected with complex and bespoke integrations. This now is changing.

What are we trying to achieve?

The Connecting ANU Project aims to create data integration services to provide access to key data within the University. The program of work has already made available a set of core Staff, Student, Department and Location data. It is now currently working to offer a broader set of Staff data and offer the data to a larger number of systems.

How will it improve our services?

The Connecting ANU Project will standardise the methods of data integration and deliver the following key benefits:

  • Improve service outcomes and responsiveness to customer needs by reducing manual data-entry from one system to another.
  • Reduce problems due to inconsistent data and fragmented business processing by entering data once and reusing it many times.
  • Reduce costs associated with implementing new systems and processes through reuse of existing data.
  • Improve process speed and flexibility by ensuring that data is available in near-real-time.
  • Reduce development and integration costs, as well as costs associated with storing and managing redundant data.

What are we up to?

The Project is currently in its third stage of delivery. Focussing on “Staff” Data, the Project is aiming to be able to capture changes to a person’s data and then share that change with consuming systems so that all systems with a requirement will be provided the data in near-real-time with accurate and up-to date data. For example, by the end of the Project any ANU Staff Member should be able to change their name in PeopleSoft HR and that updated name would be reflected in any system that has a feed from PeopleSoft. 

Event Flow of Staff Changes Diagram

In previous stages the Project has implemented the tools and infrastructure required to provide the integration services (the Enterprise Service Bus - ESB) and has built a number of integration services that are already being utilised to access data from the University sources of truth in near-real-time. The Connecting ANU Project has also implemented data event capturing for the Location data domain and so now pushes changes to location data (e.g. Room Name) to all systems (such as Timetabling) that have subscribed to the updates.

Visit the Connecting ANU system page for more information about the Services currently available through the ESB.

For a demonstration of how these services could be used, please see this video

Have more questions?

Feel free to email the Connecting ANU Project Manager at William.bruce@anu.edu.au.