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EPA Victoria using Dell Boomi integration platform for IT transformation

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Victoria’s environmental regulator, the Environment Protection Authority, is set to deploy the Dell Boomi integration platform to synchronise its full IT transformation.

The deployment will allow the EPA to streamline its cloud-first strategy, enabling it to capitalise on the Internet of Things by incorporating data from sensors, drones and satellites.

The EPA’s IT transformation is part of a comprehensive $182.4 million investment by the Victorian Government designed to transform EPA into a world-class regulator equipped to address current and future challenges.

The EPA originally kickstarted its transition to a cloud-first strategy in 2017, implementing a series of new, best-in-breed applications to succeed its outdated "all-in-one" environment.

“We identified the need to move to a more responsive, scalable and modern technology base – an environment built on a series of fit-for-purpose systems that address the needs of individual functions within the business, with data stored in the cloud,” said Chris Moon, chief information officer, EPA.

“However, with the shift to a cloud-first, fit-for-purpose model underway, it became increasingly apparent we needed an efficient connecting mechanism so we could develop a single, common understanding of what is happening across the entire organisation despite that data coming from various systems and processes.”

The Boomi integration platform-as-a-service will replace a series of bespoke, on-premise middleware connectors to allow EPA to scale as required without straining IT resources. The Boomi platform has a low-code architecture, making it easy to implement and manage integrations even in the most complex and dispersed IT environments.

“With Boomi we will be able to connect a vast number of systems into our customer relationship management and human resources platforms, and therefore exchange data accurately and rapidly with government departments, emergency services and other parties we rely on,” said Moon.

He said that when organisations are deploying smart lamp posts or putting sensors into their buildings, for example, EPA would be able to combine data generated by these devices with satellite and drone feeds by using Boomi to build a holistic picture of the state of the environment in Victoria.

According to Dell Boomi, with this extensive visibility, the organisation will be able to assess hazards and develop the most appropriate solutions, such as waste removal strategies in the case of spills, or tailored advice to land managers and local councils.

“Boomi gives us the technical foundation to support our organisation’s transformation. Its cloud-native architecture will let us respond quickly to incidents that impact our business and the state,” said Moon.

“This will help us get on the front foot and become more proactive in the decisions we make for the benefit of the environment and all the Victorians who live in or engage with it.

“It will also give us the reliability and redundancy we need to ensure our various geographically-isolated systems can cope when environmental issues arise, whether it’s from natural disaster or suspicious causes.”

Michael Evans, managing director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi, said, “EPA is at the start of a long-term and large-scale transformation that will completely revolutionise the way it manages data, and consequently the environment.

“By migrating to the cloud-based Boomi platform, it will have a linking mechanism that operates with the same speed and reliability as its modernised IT environment, and its IoT objectives. This provides EPA with the flexibility to continuously expand its data analytics capabilities by integrating data reliably across its organisation.”

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