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King Fahd Uni integrates data systems

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Saudi Arabia has unified its IT operations.

The university has created a single integrated information system that covers its entire campus.

Through the project, codenamed Raed (Arabic for pioneer) the university has modernised its enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, implementing a business suite from Oracle containing 15 modules, including finance, HR and payroll, projects, purchasing, maintenance and service.

The university, which is located in Dhahran, was previously dependent on a combination of legacy systems that had some efficiency problems, according to project manager Iftikhar Nadeem.

Nadeem said the university had invested ‘a multi-million dollar' sum in its move to a unified system.

"[The project is a] major breakthrough in the way we are connecting our business, we have made a lot of things electronic that used to be manual or semi manual. There were a lot of islands of information and databases," he said.

"Technology had reached a dead end and upgrades were not possible. This integration brings a lot of other issues, there is interdependence of functions over one another," he added.

KFUPM has also implemented an online portal from SunGard Higher Education, a feature of which is that it provides students with a single sign-on access to learning resources, library and administrative services.

A third strand to the Raed project is the creation of a business intelligence system through a combination of solutions from Oracle, Cognos and SAS.