Custom Apps in Higher Education

Colibri Solutions offers superior services and custom apps for Higher Education



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Higher Education Computing: The Challenges


Higher Education is an environment where neither appliance apps like MS Office or Google Apps nor enterprise student information systems like Ellucian Banner can solve all information management challenges. Individual users and departments quickly outgrow appliance apps, and IT can be way too busy with campus-wide responsibilities to address requirements such as:

  • Managing departmental processes simply and efficiently 

  • Ensuring FERPA compliance

  • Managing multiple roles/access, specially student workers

  • Providing access to data from a variety of sources

  • Minimizing impact on IT resources and supporting standards

  • Minimizing third-party vendor relationships

  • Staying within budget


What Can We Do Together?


Custom Apps Integrated with Banner® and other Student Information Systems

Every institution uses a Student Information System (SIS) like Banner. But an SIS ecosystem can be an expensive way to solve smaller information management challenges. Managing multiple vendor relationships and platforms can overtax academic IT resources.

The FileMaker Workplace Innovation Platform is a cost-effective yet extremely powerful partner environment for your SIS. FileMaker custom apps integrate with your SIS using REST APIs and ODBC and solve challenges in student activities, residential life, community engagement, and other non-academic processes. FileMaker custom apps can be found at thousands of higher education institutions throughout North America.


We at Colibri Solutions provide expert technical advice and app development services to help you evaluate the FileMaker Workplace Innovation Platform or maximize the potential of current FileMaker custom apps.

Apps for Student Life


Student Life apps are mission-critical, but many features are
from a core SIS. Instead of generic or expensive apps,
get exactly
what your institution needs with a custom app.

We build FileMaker custom apps for:

  • Student government meetings and minutes

  • Club management

  • Residential Assistant (RA) selection

  • Dorm security and logs

  • Residential hall priority and placement

Custom Apps for Programs and Community Engagement


Does your institution have a robust community engagement or volunteer program? Then you may have struggled to set up and manage these programs, get students to and from program sites, and give them academic credit for their efforts. Take advantage of custom apps for:


  • Integration with web-based program registration tools

  • Program shift reservations and attendance

  • Resource management and student transportation

  • Assignment of academic credits


Small Apps with Big Impact


Appliance apps are found everywhere trying to solve

problems better left to a workgroup custom app:


The Value Story


  • Departments and academic IT can take great advantage of custom apps from Colibri Solutions. 

  • You can take advantage of many apps using one platform and one consulting partner relationship.

  • Our custom apps have low impact on academic IT.

  • Extensive standards support – ODBC, SQL, SSL, REST APIs, iOS, Windows Server, Terminal Services and Citrix, and VMware – plus proactive support make it easy to adopt custom apps into your existing higher education environment.

More Information 



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Contact us today to earn how Colibri Solutions can address your higher education challenges.

Colibri Solutions LLC

New York City  |  San Francisco  |  New England

toll-free:  888-998-3925


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