Intelligent Pathways was engaged to develop the Clontarf Information Management System (CIMS). CIMS is a custom web-based enterprise application that enables Clontarf to gather and store data, present information in meaningful reports, provide visibility into the success of Clontarf programs and enable decision making.
The basis for the solution is individual student records, which contain all detailed information on the student’s activities, achievements, events, and attendance. This allows Clontarf a single view of the ‘customer’ to better determine success at the individual and program level. Strong security and permissions were paramount, as the system also houses students’ sensitive personal documents.
A strong focus on the end user was also pivotal to the success of the application. Clontarf wanted a solution that was simple and intuitive, allowing time-poor academy staff to use the system effectively. The focus on ease of use for the end users would also reduce change management and resistance to the new way of working, allowing CIMS to aid academy staff in achieving outcomes, rather than being seen as a burden.
This was part of the overall goal that the application be truly fit-for-purpose; the solution was explicitly designed around Clontarf’s unique needs as a not-for-profit with a low internal IT maturity. The application was developed to be simple to use, but also simple to maintain and highly reliable, allowing Clontarf the freedom to operate and manage the application with their existing resources.
CIMS is a Java application hosted and developed on AWS.