Hochschule Bochum is a mid-sized higher-education institution in the Ruhr region of Germany. The school is comprised of approximately 7,500 students and 350 faculty members.
Like many higher-education institutions, Bochum deals with numerous software vendors and licenses a wide range of digital products for its students, faculty, and staff. This includes products from Microsoft, Adobe, Sophos, Oracle, and VMware.
Bochum decided to revisit how they handle the distribution of this software. The university was in the process of redesigning their existing software-download site, which they saw as an opportunity to assess third-party options. The goal was to find a more efficient way to distribute digital resources – one that was more secure, easier for end users, and a centralized portal with one single sign-on (SSO) mechanism that will be less of a burden to manage than the institution’s existing system.
Michael Tomath, a member of IT at Hochschule Bochum, was given the job of determining how this could be done.
Bochum already had a process in place for distributing software. However, they wanted to improve their security and more efficiently manage license delivery. Here were the key things they needed their new solution to achieve.
“Kivuto addressed our criteria; it met our security requirements; the platform is extensible to support what we need in the future, and due to reporting we now have better insight. We were able to free up resources, and the end-user support saves us even more time.”
– Michael Tomath, member of IT at Hochschule Bochum