SOURCE: Cast Iron Systems

January 12, 2010 08:00 ET

Cast Iron Systems and Westmont College Rapidly Integrate Cloud-Based and Private Network Applications to Simplify Fundraising

IT Connects Salesforce CRM With Core ERP for Mobile Delivery of Fundraising Data and Rapidly Configures Environments for Future Internal and External Cloud Services

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - January 12, 2010) - Cast Iron Systems, the #1 Cloud Integration Company™, today announced that Westmont, a Christian liberal arts college located in Santa Barbara, California, is teaming with Cast Iron to enable a secure two-way exchange of real-time information between Westmont's on-demand CRM solution and its core ERP system, which runs on the college's private network. Longer term, Westmont plans to use Cast Iron's enterprise cloud integration platform to rapidly integrate many other cloud-based and network applications with existing data sources and efficiently prototype ideas for additional cloud services.

Westmont is one of the first colleges in the country to move entirely to a high-speed, wireless network. As the foundation of its cloud computing strategy, the college has installed an 802.11n wireless Meraki network to create a wireless cloud. Now, faculty, staff, students, and visitors can easily use laptop computers and mobile, Internet-based devices such as iPhones or Google Android phones anywhere on campus.

The IT department is responsible for delivering and supporting over 135 unique services 24/7 to the Westmont community. While some applications are appropriate in the cloud, there are others that are better kept on the college's private network. By moving appropriate services such as email, spam filtering, email storage, collaboration, and wireless management to the cloud, the IT team is freed to work on more strategic projects. Cast Iron is playing a key role in Westmont's cloud strategy.

"Cast Iron lets us harness both cloud and network applications very quickly and provide dynamic interaction with accurate, real-time data," said Reed Sheard, a vice president and CIO at Westmont, and the driving force behind the college's cloud-computing initiative. "We thought about in-house coding, but development and revisions would take far too long. Cast Iron lets us pick and choose which applications and data sources we want to integrate in a very granular way according to our business rules and objectives. The speed and flexibility of the Cast Iron solution give us a tremendous creative advantage."

Initially, Westmont's major gifts officers will use Salesforce CRM combined with real-time visibility of ERP data by Cast Iron to manage their information and work more effectively with prospective donors. Future projects may include an internal cloud-based student information system, which would provide confidential personal data, class schedules, and class lists that would be connected to the learning management system, which contains course assignments, syllabus, and exam dates, among other data. Students and faculty would be able to access the information on their iPhones and in the Google and Amazon clouds.

"Westmont is one of just a few prestigious schools that are quickly moving to cloud computing," said Ken Comée, president and CEO of Cast Iron Systems. "The IT team recognizes the benefits of secure, dynamic cloud services to faculty, staff, and students, and the importance of integration with on-premise systems and data to make these services truly useful."

About Westmont

Westmont is one of seven colleges and universities named to the annual InfoWorld 100 Awards as one of 100 IT organizations that have "implemented and integrated technologies in innovative ways in pursuit of concrete business goals." Other InfoWorld 100 winners include the University of San Diego, George Washington University, Harvard Medical School, Purdue University, the University of Chicago Medical Center, and West Virginia University. Business winners include the Cleveland Indians, the New York Stock Exchange, Southwest Airlines, and the U.S. Army. For more information, visit

About Cast Iron Systems

Founded in 2001, Cast Iron Systems is the #1 Cloud Integration Company™. Cast Iron has thousands of deployed customer integrations across all industries and around the world at companies such as Allianz, British American Tobacco (BAT), Amerisource Bergen, Emerson, IBA Molecular, Krueger International, Peet's Coffee & Tea, PGP Corporation, and, among many others. All are benefiting from the simplicity, speed, and flexibility of the Cast Iron Integration Platform, which enables them to integrate Cloud-based and SaaS applications with the rest of the enterprise in just days. Backed by Sequoia Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, and Tenaya Capital, Cast Iron is privately held and led by experienced technology executives from Informatica, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Siebel, Vitria, and webMethods.

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