One university already on board, second deal being finalized
UMP and IBM to jointly market the campus management system
UNIVERSITI Malaysia Pahang’s homegrown knowledge-based integrated education management system (KIEMS) has been sold to Universitas Teknologi Yogyarkarta while a second deal with another university in Indonesia is being finalized.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) has also announced a collaboration with IBM to market the system, according to a statement from IBM.
KIEMS is a campus management system developed by UMP using IBM DB2 and Websphere solutions. The 12-year-old tertiary institution switched from its previous information management system to KIEMS last year.
“UMP will work jointly with IBM to continue to promote KIEMS at public and private universities here and abroad,” said UMP Chancellor Prof Dato’ Dr Daing Nasir Ibrahim.
“We are confident that KIEMS will be well received and hope to stretch its reach further through IBM’s network,” he added.
According to Daing, the migration to the IBM platform saved the university more than 70% in maintenance cost and licensing fees, although he did not elaborate.
“By migrating our computing system to IBM’s platform, we managed to reduce our operating expenses and the total cost of ownership is much lower,” he said.
Apart from lowered costs, KIEMS’ scalability has benefited UMP with the ability to manage its increase in student population.
“Together with UMP, we are creating a more robust and interconnected management system for universities that will improve their day-to-day operations,” said Noorliza Abdul Bakar, chief financial officer at IBM Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
“These collaborations are intended to help all institutions of higher learning tackle their most important business needs to achieve high performance at a lower cost.
“This two-year collaboration started in the last quarter of 2012 when UMP expressed its interest to replace the information management system it has been using for the last 12 years,” she added.
The KIEMS suite comprises an Academic Management System, Human Resource Management System, Financial Management System, Student Management System, Research Management System, Corporate and Quality Development Management System, Property Management System, Security Management System, Centre For Graduate Studies Online Management System and ICT Consultancy and Technical Services System.
With KIEMS, university authorities can use the campus infrastructure optimally and track usage of common facilities such a lecture halls, library, auditorium and more. In addition to resource planning, KIEMS also provides a dashboard for the authorities to introduce new courses as and when the need arises, IBM claimed.
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