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Malaysian university saves 70% costs with IBM collaboration

AvantiKumar | March 14, 2013
Universiti Malaysia Pahang joins with IBM to push market knowledge based integrated education solution.

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Photo - Noorliza Abdul Bakar, Chief Financial Officer, IBM Malaysia.

Malaysia-based Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) and IBM have signed to market homegrown knowledge-based education management system (KIEMS), which has already saved 70 percent in maintenance and licensing fees, said UMP.

UMP chancellor YB Prof Dato' Dr Daing Nasir Ibrahim said the migration has benefited KIEMS scalability, "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."

Dr Daing said UMP has already sold the solution to two other universities in Malaysia. "UMP will work jointly with IBM to continue to promote KIEMS at public and private universities here and abroad. We are confident that KIEMS will be well received and hope to stretch its reach further through IBM's network."

Apart from lowered costs, KIEMS' scalability has benefited UMP with the ability to manage its increase in student population, he said.

"Together with UMP, we are creating a more robust and interconnected management system for universities that will improve their day-to-day operations," said IBM Malaysia chief financial officer, Noorliza Abdul Bakar. "These collaborations are intended to help all institutions of higher learning to 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 their interest to replace the Information Management System (IMS) they have been using for the last 12 years," said Noorliza.

She aid 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 are able to use the campus infrastructure optimally and track usage of common facilities such as 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.


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