Client: Helsinki University
Technologies: Drupal, Microservices, React.js

Helsinki University

Partnership means advice, solving problems and implementing great services

We started as a strategic technology partner for the University of Helsinki in 2013. Our successful cooperation sprang to action with a website renewal, after our proof-of-concept demo convinced the client about Drupal and its flexibility. We’ve worked from the beginning as a team with client-side colleagues and this has made things uncomplicated and effective.

The university’s website is a massive entity with over 30,000 pages, more than 40 million annual page visits and with numerous different target groups. With a proactive and solutions-oriented attitude, we have developed the portfolio of sites and services to better meet the strategic needs of the university. We’ve had our hand in ideation, development and maintenance.

The collaboration has spawned not only more functional digital solutions, but also more efficient operating models. We’ve also introduced agile best practices through our projects.

Our projects site renewal

Refreshing this vast website to be responsive and accessible was our first task for Helsinki University in 2013. It’s an ongoing development project and we work proactively to keep improving the site to make it more and more user-friendly.

Research and faculty sites

To ease the work of the university’s research groups and faculties, we built a website engine. The engine helps them quickly and easily create visually consistent mini-sites under a common platform.

Style guide

We created a highly usable style guide to ensure a consistent look and feel across the university’s web development projects.

Search services

The university wanted to centralize its various portals and search services under the website. We built services for Degree Program Search, People Finder and the Unitube Video Service, and all services can be found from a central location. It’s convenient for users and enhances the visibility of the university’s digital branding.

What we did

“When we work with Druid developers it feels like we are a truly cohesive team with the same goal – to find the best solutions and implementations for the needs of the university and our users. Our long-term partnership has helped us understand our complex organization and anticipate risks. Druid is a reliable supplier and the cooperation with them is always smooth and flexible. They are always ready to continuously develop their processes and skills for the best interests of their clients.”

Paula Durston, Project Manager in Digital Communication, Product Owner of
Other projects

Other projects

  • A survey application for students to map their career planning strengths and skills

  • The Wizard function for research data services, that maps suitable services for research data management
  • The Tietoset online magazine for the University Information Technology Center’s internal communications

  • Technology consulting on various topics, such as server environment renewal, server management, systems utilization and compatibility