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Competition showcases CMU students' SAP knowledge

CMU students' knowledge of SAP software will be put to the test at an annual competition Thursday that is unlike any other in the world.

Contact: Heather Smith

​Central Michigan University continues to be a world leader in training students in SAP, the world's leading business enterprise software. Students’ knowledge of this software will be put to the test at an annual competition Thursday on CMU’s campus that is unlike any other in the world.

More than 170 CMU students and 40 business mentors from global corporations will battle for profitability for their fictitious companies in the third annual ERPsim. This business simulation competition, which has more than doubled in size since it began in 2013, engrosses students in a high-stress business environment.

Teams of four to five students will run fictitious dairy companies, selling milk, ice cream and cheese wholesale to retailers using SAP. Students that are part of the top five most profitable teams will be awarded scholarships, and the team with the most profitable company will compete in the ERPsim international competition – a competition won by CMU students in 2013.

This ERPsim competition will bring in mentors from 40 leading companies – up from 17 in 2013 – who have coached the students in business strategy. The companies include General Motors, Consumers Energy, Caterpillar, Ernst and Young, Cargill, John Deere Landscapes, 3M, The Dow Chemical Co., Dayco, Dow Corning, Harley-Davidson, Johnson Controls and Dawn Food Products.

These companies not only provide mentors – they also hire CMU students. General Motors, for example, has hired 38 ERPsim students in the past three years.

“CMU is a world leader in SAP certification – our students are trained better than any in the country,” said Frank Andera, director of CMU’s SAP University Alliance Program and professor of business information systems. “This competition is a great way to showcase this expertise to potential employees.”

CMU has certified more than 750 students in TERP10 – Integration of Business Processes in SAP ERP.

“CMU’s program is first class, not only in the state of Michigan but nationwide,” said Sean Kramer, chief information officer at John Deere Landscapes and a former executive at Volkswagen. ”It is amazing to see how much these students know about SAP and how it creates efficiencies in the business."

A panel discussion prior to the competition Thursday will include executives from Harley-Davidson, 3M, General Motors, Consumers Energy, IAC group and CMU. RSVP for the luncheon, panel discussion, and/or the dinner and awards presentation here. Get a full schedule of Thursday’s event at

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