Activate Learning is a progressive education group that combines secondary and higher education with apprenticeship and workforce training. The group members are united by a common purpose - to transform lives through learning. Activate works across industries to build career pathways for thousands of students every year.
Activate Learning had been utilising multiple CMS frameworks to manage a group of sites. Moreover, they were using different administration modules, different frontend themes, and different user workflows - all to manage similar processes around updating large quantities of marketing and educational content.
The lack of a single point of access to editorial content limited the conglomerate's ability to push out integrated marketing efforts on a large scale, making it difficult to deliver information, updates, and data to users. To better connect with their users, Activate required a new framework for Content Management.
Icreon's Drupal team developed a multi-domain enterprise-grade CMS for students, employers and staff that supports online news, events, articles, course data, academic track information, and online application assets. The CMS manages the content of four college sites from a centralised backend system, each with a customised look and feel. Each backend can dynamically generate different views of the same existing content based on their domain destination. Using SOAP, the CMS also fetches and stores course information from Microsoft Dynamics ERP. Future iterations of development have been optimised so that OCVC can directly write data from the CMS into the CRM component of the ERP.