Nitor develops the student information system Sisu

May 29, 2020, 10:07 AM

Sisu is a student information system catering to the needs of the teachers, the students, and the personnel. Nitor is co-developing Sisu together with Funidata based on requirements gathered from different universities.

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“Our co-operation with Nitor has evolved and deepened throughout the years. The current maintenance project is a natural continuum of the great work we’ve done together”, says Funidata’s Account Manager Pekka Äikäs.

Nitor has worked in close collaboration with Funidata for five years with roles in design, software development, and testing of Sisu. Nitor continues the partnership with Funidata in maintaining and developing the system further.

Sisu is a core system for teaching and studies, with faculties and students from major universities already using it. Nitor too, has experts familiar with Sisu from their time as students.

“It’s exciting to be involved in developing a system used by thousands of people every day,” says Nitor’s Software Architect Erkki Pulliainen.

Lifecycle thinking is a core principle in developing Sisu, achieved using the modern DevOps model. Continuous integration and delivery together with advanced runtime monitoring have been key focus areas from the start. Sisu is offered through a SaaS model, providing vast integration interfaces to enable data migrations and real-time data utilization. During the past couple of years, Nitor has also worked with Funidata and its customer universities to employ user-centric design principles with an increasing focus on usability.

“Usability testing, iterative design, and joint development have played a key role in helping both the development team and the client to better understand how to make Sisu as good as possible. A shared understanding of customer needs and expectations improves client and user satisfaction”, says designer Ville Henriksson.

Funidata is owned by the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, Hanken School of Economics, University of Tampere, University of Jyväskylä, and the Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology.

More about Funidata: Funidata.fi

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