KSA’s King Abdulaziz University Selects IBM & Java Gulf to Im-plement SAP Solution for Enterprise Resource Planning

Investment in Institution Comes as Saudi Arabian Government Recently Initiates US$ 3.1 billion Injection to Educational System; King Abdulaziz joins SAP’s Global University Alliance Program

JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaKing Abdulaziz University yesterday signed an agreement with Java Gulf and IBM to implement SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution to ensure transparency, streamline operations, maintain operational excellence and provide Best-in-Class facilities for its 140,000 students.

King Abdulaziz University was established in 1387 H / 1967 G as a national university aiming to deliver higher education to the Western area of Saudi Arabia and has since grown to become a leader in education across the Middle East and also recognised on a global platform. With this announcement, the institution declared that is has become a member of the SAP University Alli-ance Program – a global endeavour that provides university faculty members with the tools and resources necessary to teach students how technology can enable integrated business proc-esses and strategic thinking; giving students the skills to add immediate value to the marketplace

Commenting on the agreement, Professor Osama Bin Sadeq Tayyeb, President of King Abdu-laziz University, noted the university’s distinctive competencies as well as its global rating in the IT field and confirmed the university’s continuous interest in developing its IT practices.

During yesterday’s signing of the ERP agreement, which aims to develop and enhance the effi-ciency of administrative and financial processes in the university by using the latest global soft-ware and systems, Professor Tayyeb confirmed the university is keen to implement the latest technologies in their operations to keep pace with modern developments.

As a leading KSA educational institution we are continuously evolving our IT practices to stay up-to-date with the latest market trends in order to provide the best quality teaching to our students. We have selected SAP’s business solutions for their functionality to support teaching, learning, and business processes, enabling us to improve our financial management, maintain operational excellence, improve productivity, and ensure best-practice. After careful consideration we called on IBM expertise and commitment to the region along with Java Gulf and entrusted them with the SAP ERP implementation,”

“King Abdulaziz University is renowned for employing cutting edge technology to benefit its stu-dents and staff. As implementation partner on this project we will be working with the institute, SAP, and in conjunction with IBM to ensure that the solutions are deployed rapidly and efficient-ly. Java assists its clients in implementing a perfect fit business solution using business integra-tion approach that is based on a vast of local and global experiences, project resources, best practice methodology and trusted partners,” said Bashar Baidas, CEO, Java Gulf.

“IBM’s experience and knowledge in working with academic institutions in the region allows us to capitalize on best practice models ensuring that King Abdulaziz University operates efficiently to remain at the forefront of educational practices,” said Amr Refaat General Manager, IBM Middle East and Pakistan. “The implementation team will be working together to consolidate systems, applications, data, and business processes”

“Technology and education provides the platform for KSA’s continued growth and development which is why the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) recently outlined how the country has initiated a complete overhaul of its educational system at a cost of US$3.1 billion. As a pioneer in the educational arena, King Abdulaziz University is at the forefront of recognising the importance of investing in IT for the benefit of its students and the Saudi Arabian knowledge economy in general,” said Abdul-Raheem Bawazeer, Managing Director, SAP KSA.

The university witnessed much development in quality and quantity since it was first established and is now one of Saudi’s most distinguished universities in terms of the number of students, the number of scientific and theoretical fields of study and the exclusiveness of certain speciali-zations such as Seas Sciences, Geology, Nuclear Engineering, Medical Engineering, Meteorol-ogy and Aviation and Mineralization. King Abdulaziz University is considered a pioneer in offering higher education to Saudi women, which saw female and male sections inaugurated in the same year. The university not only has a regular students program but it also has an external program to make it easy for all students to get higher education. It also established the Deanship of Distant Teaching to cope with the development in learning and teaching technology.

About KAU:
King Abdulaziz University carries the name of the establisher of Saudi Arabia- God bless him. This university was established in 1387 H / 1967 G as a national university aiming at spreading higher education in the western area of Saudi Arabia. This dream has come true through the continuous efforts of the loyal citizens of this country. The members of the initiating committee had the chance to meet King Faisal Bin Abdulaziz –God bless him- and His Majesty showed all support for this idea. The establishing committee was formed headed by King Faisal- God bless him and his highness the Minister if Education at that time Sheikh Hasan Bin Abdullah Al Al- Sheikh

About JAVA Gulf:
Java Gulf is a business integrator, headquartered in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. Its core services encompass managed services, business and system integrations covering; ERP/GRP, SIS, CRM, Web technologies, ECM, IT strategy, operations and maintenance services. For more information. www.javaits.com

For more information on IBM, visit www.ibm.com

About SAP
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