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Custom Apps for Higher Education

Colibri offers superior services and custom apps for Higher Education

NEW: Explore the eLife App Framework for Higher Education

The Challenges


Higher Education is an environment where neither appliance apps like MS Office or Google Apps nor expensive student information systems (SIS) can address all data management requirements. Individuals and departments quickly outgrow appliance apps, and IT can be too busy with campus-wide responsibilities to address other needs such as:

  • Managing individual department processes simply

  • Ensuring FERPA compliance

  • Managing multiple roles/access, specially student workers

  • Providing access to data from a variety of sources

  • Minimizing impact on IT resources while supporting standards

  • Minimizing third-party vendor relationships

  • Staying within budget

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What Can We Do Together?


Custom Apps That Share Data with Student Information Systems

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

The FileMaker Professional Low-Code Platform is an cost-effective yet powerful partner 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 academic and non-academic processes. FileMaker custom apps can be found at institutions throughout North America.


Colibri provides expert technical advice and services to help you evaluate the FileMaker Platform or maximize the potential of current FileMake-based 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 address situations 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

  • All types of projects across academics, athletics, art and cultural centers, and physical plant. If you are managing and sharing data for your department or across campus, we can create the perfect app for it!

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/SSL, REST APIs, iOS, Windows Server, AD, OAuth, RemoteApp, Citrix, and VMware – makes it easy to adopt custom apps into your existing environment.

More Information 


View our webinars for Higher Education: 


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

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