OM&IS Expands SAP in the Classroom
According to a recent estimate in Business Management, 70% of Forbes 500 companies run their business with the help of SAP.
SAP, which stands for "Systems, Applications, and Products in data processing," is one of the elite systems used in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software market. SAP allows all major business processes to be integrated and standardized. Last year, the College of Business officially became a member of the SAP University Alliance Program.
More companies are performing business analytics now more than ever. Joining the SAP University Alliance allows our faculty to use and to access curricular materials of SAP. It also provides big benefits to our students' learning. Ten faculty members attended a 3-day SAP training workshop, which has now been integrated into the curriculum.
The College of Business offers two SAP certificates: one for graduate students and one for undergraduates. As of the fall 2013 semester, 49 students received SAP recognition awards. "SAP fits nicely with the department goals - businesses run better by improving processes and using technology," say Department Chair Chang Liu. He adds, "By adding SAP into our curriculum, we can offer better job opportunities to our students and provide companies with those talented students who know how to use technology to improve business processes."