Atma Jaya accelerates digital transformation strategy with Aruba.
As part of a 5-year IT roadmap by Danny Natalies, CIO and Head of Information Technology, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia (Atma Jaya) wanted to upgrade its network infrastructure, and align it with its IoT strategy to better cater to increasing student and staff demands for higher connectivity.
“We wanted a robust infrastructure with seamless connectivity across our three campuses to ensure our students and staff can communicate, collaborate and share anytime, anywhere,” Danny said.
Aligning network planning with IoT strategy
“Our previous network required many skilled engineers to maintain and operate, which added to operational costs,” Danny elaborated. “Furthermore, we were not getting the support required from our solution provider.”
Atma Jaya’s planned technology upgrade included a new core ERP system, paperless workflow automation system, resource management system, smart identity management system, and a system that enables mobile access to the cloud. Danny needed to ensure high reliability and scalability to support the new deployments.
Specifically, because one of the campuses houses a hospital, the network equipment needed to meet the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 2016 while not interfering with medical devices certified by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) EN 301 893 and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 60601.
Seeking a solution that catered to their needs
Danny’s team devised a series of scenarios for vendors, testing their solutions under unfavorable conditions. It ultimately adopted Aruba as its connectivity network platform across all three campuses.
“We selected Aruba as its offering matched leading vendors, while demonstrating a strong business case such as lifetime warranty on equipment,” said Danny. “Also, my staff who had little experience with Aruba faced no technical difficulties switching over.”
Seamless network across connected campuses
The Aruba solution provides a solid platform that allows all business processes to run in an effective and seamless way. It creates a faster and more efficient environment. Danny Natalies, CIO and Head of Information Technology, Atma Jaya University
The network, with Aruba 5406R as a core switch integrated with existing wireless infrastructure, provides wireless connectivity across the school’s three campuses in different parts of Jakarta, delivering access to over 10,000 students and 1,000 staff, keeping them connected and collaborative.
Danny said that the solution has brought them closer to their vision of a multi-campus connected university.
Aruba also connects 700 patients and 250 visitors at the hospital daily. To ensure network security, authentication was implemented with a captive portal.
Cost-effective equipment with lifetime guarantee
With Aruba’s solution, Danny’s team now manages the entire network on one platform. The system offers visibility into user profiles, an overview of all connected devices at any time, alongside seamless network security—freeing up resources as less manpower is required to manage the network.
Danny commented, “The solution provides a solid platform that allows all business processes to run in an effective and seamless way. It creates a faster and more efficient environment.”
More importantly, Danny now saves up to 80 percent of his network equipment replacement budget, as the Aruba solution comes with lifetime warranty. “With it, we can invest the budget into new projects, enabling our budgets to stretch further,” he said.
Certified and assured
All the network equipment in the Atma Jaya hospital is now HIPAA certified. Danny also finds the Aruba sales and service teams to be responsive.
Danny added, “I felt assured that our network infrastructure was in good hands. With Aruba, it was a collaboration between two partners working to make this project a success.”
Charting the course for the IT roadmap
The Aruba platform puts Atma Jaya on course for its IT roadmap. Danny is now able to focus on upgrading the campus’ backend system, and ensuring that skilled talents are in place and ready. He believes in investing in this long-term partnership will bring great returns in the long run, such as better efficiency and being more future-ready.
Danny concluded: “We have a role to play in bringing greater access to the Internet for all Indonesians, not just those on the university campus.”
Danny further shared that next step for him is to ensure that the school is effectively equipped to support existing e-learning modules, and that would include working with Aruba to ensure sufficient bandwidth and network capacity on campus.