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Custom Apps for Higher Education

Colibri 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 data management challenges. Individuals and departments quickly outgrow appliance apps, and IT can be way too busy with campus-wide responsibilities to address requirements, such as:

  • Managing department 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

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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 data 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 at institutions throughout North America.


Colibri provides expert technical advice and services to help you evaluate the FileMaker Workplace Innovation Platform or maximize the potential of current FileMaker custom apps.

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Apps for Student Life


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

Colibri 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. Colibri builds 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 like Excel are found everywhere trying

to solve problems better left to a custom app:


  • Faculty tenure and leave

  • Student Center info desk and room management

  • Social events and ticketing

  • Student job timeclocks

  • Permit parking and ticketing

The Value Story


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

  • We offer one platform and one consulting partner relationship.

  • Our custom apps have low impact on academic IT.

  • Extensive standards support – ODBC, SQL, 256-bit EAR and SSL, REST APIs, iOS, Windows Server, AD, OAuth 2, Terminal Services and Citrix, and VMware – plus proactive support make it easy to adopt custom apps into your existing higher education environment.

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Contact us today to learn how Colibri can address your higher education goals.

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