NUS Successfully Streamlines Heterogeneous IT Landscape, Laying Foundation for Continued Expansion as One of Asia Pacific’s Leading Universities
Singapore — SAP Asia today announced that the National University of Singapore (NUS) has successfully gone live with a Web-based employee portal named myNUS, using mySAP™ Enterprise Portal, a people-centric solution for unified access to applications, databases, knowledge management systems, and Web-based content and services. The myNUS portal currently offers 6,000 university employees the ability to sign on once to gain quick and easy access to more than twenty applications, services, and information sources from across the campus. This will make it one of the first and largest enterprise portals within the education sector in Asia Pacific. The implementation of myNUS portal is one of a number of large-scale mySAP Enterprise Portal successes by SAP’s customers over the past few months.
Increased Efficiencies to Support Growth and Excellence
“The implementation of mySAP Enterprise Portal is a timely one,” said Professor Lawrence Wong, director of Computer Center, NUS. “As the University has grown — in terms of knowledge base, courses, students, staff, and physical infrastructure — so did our number of IT systems that helped to support and manage these areas. We ended up with a highly heterogeneous IT environment, which we knew could be streamlined to increase productivity and lower our total cost of ownership. In particular, we had a number of non-integrated systems across the NUS campus, ranging from faculty and facilities management to library and academic support systems, that required users to keep track of multiple log-ins and inconsistent access methods.”
In addition, the myNUS portal has enhanced the clarity of work roles among users and has tightened control and access for the numerous projects that the university has been simultaneously undertaking, especially since these often involved a large number of project members and roles. Since myNUS went live, users have had one-point access to information based on their roles and authorization levels.
“An efficient and robust IT infrastructure is a pre-requisite if we wish to stay at the forefront of twenty-first-century tertiary education” said Professor Wong. “It will help us continue our aggressive growth and roll-out of new initiatives that support NUS’s commitment to provide world-class tertiary education and academic opportunities that attract the best students and teaching talent to Singapore.
Complete Visibility Improves Administration and Overall Management
In addition to mySAP Enterprise Portal, NUS implemented SAP® Business Warehouse to help the university consolidate the generation of reports from its various systems. “Once we have extended myNUS and SAP Business Warehouse to the entire campus, we will be able to have a complete and consolidated view of required information,” said Professor Wong. “This standardized information access across the organization will help us improve the administration and overall management of the university.”
“Increasingly, enterprises are realizing the strategic business value of bringing together disparate data and applications and tailoring the portal content to fit specific functions and roles that individual users have within the organization,” said Simon Dale, Director of Market Development, Global Collaborative Solutions, Asia Pacific, SAP Asia. “mySAP Enterprise Portal is a people-centric platform that provides secure, personalized content to employees, partners, suppliers, and customers and can be accessed using Web, wireless, and mobile devices. The solution eliminates conventional barriers to productivity, reduces cost of ownership, and dramatically accelerates business throughput.”
In addition to integrating existing enterprise systems for each type of user, mySAP Enterprise Portal helps businesses extract additional value from previous IT investments by supporting painless future expansion through an open-standards-based infrastructure that supports heterogeneous systems from all major vendors, including SAP and its partners.
“The success of the myNUS project is another milestone in supporting the best-run organizations with solutions that leverage SAP’s thirty years of experience,” said Chan Wai Leong, managing director, SAP Singapore. “mySAP Enterprise Portal provides a fast track to generating business value and competitive advantage through the rapid deployment of predefined, portal-based business content.”
For more information about mySAP Enterprise Portal, please refer to the mySAP Enterprise Portal Fact Sheet.
About National University of Singapore (NUS)
Acknowledged as one of the finest universities in the Asia-Pacific region, NUS is a comprehensive university which offers a broad-based curriculum underscored by multidisciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. It has 10 faculties, with an enrolment of 22 000 undergraduate and 8,600 graduate students. NUS actively promotes innovation and entreprenuership, both in the classroom and research facilities. It enjoys a close teaching-research nexus with 9 national-level institutes, 12 university-level research institutes and more than 50 faculty-based research centres. The University is strongly committed to advancing knowledge and fostering innovation; educating students and nurturing talent in service of country and society.
About mySAP™ Enterprise Portal
mySAP™ Enterprise Portal (formerly mySAP™ Enterprise Portals) is the first portal solution based on open standards that unifies collaboration, knowledge management and relevant content by integrating information, applications and services. The solution unifies all types of enterprise information, including SAP applications, third-party applications, databases, data warehouses, desktop documents, and Web content and services. It provides employees, suppliers, customers and other communities with immediate, secure, and role-based access to key information and applications across the extended enterprise. Because information and applications are unified through the portal, users can identify and address business issues faster, more effectively, and at lower cost – creating measurable benefits and strategic advantages.