The mission of Central Michigan University's SAP University Alliance program is to facilitate the integration of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) concepts into and across functional areas of the College of Business Administration's curriculum and programs of study.
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The picture above is of SAP Student User Group with their advisor, Dr. Frank Andera, at MillerCoors in Milwaukee. They were given private tours of the facilities with the ability to interact with SAP business professionals within the company. This is why CMU has a leading program.
Our goal is for our students to have a more global knowledge of business operations as a total entity. We're not training technicians, we are teaching students how to become better managers who have an understanding of how theses enterprise systems work and why they are important. We are teaching students how to use SAP to manage a business to deliver tangible business benefits (Return on Investment).
World Champions in the ERPsim 5th International Competition
Four SAP business management software students from the Central Michigan University College of Business Administration are world champions after winning the fifth annual International ERPsim Competition on June 12, 2013. CMU’s team competed against teams from 156 universities from around the world to qualify for the final round. Ten teams from universities such as Colorado State University, Purdue University and Universitas Islam Indonesia competed virtually from their campuses.
CMU team members Ashley Hall of Taylor, Ryan Vanneste of Washington, Jeremiah Primeau of Auburn and Nicole Ladouceur of Escanaba won CMU’s first annual ERPsim Invitational competition on campus this spring. Consumers Energy sponsored the team at CMU’s competition.
ERPsim is a simulated competition replicating a high-stress business environment. During the competition, students run their business using SAP, the world’s leading business enterprise software. More than 38,000 companies in 120 countries, as well as 850 of the Fortune 1,000 companies, use the software. CMU is a world leader in SAP certification.
The championship event was hosted by the ERPsim Lab at HEC Montreal, one of Canada’s leading business schools.
“To be successful you have to want it as much as you want to breathe,” Vanneste said after the competition. “As a team, we were at that point today. We wanted to be successful that much.” College of Business Faculty Dana McCann said the simulation brings together every aspect of business. “This experience is not just teaching students how to use SAP software,” said McCann. “They’re learning about the integration of all the business processes and the impact all business disciplines have on running a company and how one decision can affect the whole organization.”
The four students each received a $500 scholarship from the College of Business Administration.