College of Charleston students gain access to business software

By Ashley Barker 
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published Dec. 24, 2013

College of Charleston School of Business students will have access to new business software in January, according to a news release from the college.

The school joined the SAP University Alliance in 2013 and plans to include SAP software in classes beginning in the spring 2014 semester.

SAP, a Germany-based company, produces Enterprise Resource Planning software for clients such as BMW, the Boeing Co. and Microsoft, the college said. Many medium to multinational businesses rely on ERP software to manage their operations.

Jose Gavidia, coordinator of the SAP University Alliance at the College of Charleston School of Business
Jose Gavidia, coordinator of the SAP University Alliance at the College of Charleston School of Business
By joining the alliance, the College of Charleston will now have a university membership license to use its ERP, supply chain management, customer relationship management, supplier relationship management and product lifecycle management software, the news release said.

Jose Gavidia, a decision science professor, is the coordinator of the SAP University Alliance at the College of Charleston School of Business.

“When we enhance our business curriculum with our students’ mastery of this software, we become a very desirable place for companies to hire from,” Gavidia said, in a statement. “Joining the SAP University Alliance is a large piece of the School of Business’ overall strategy to graduate motivated, capable students.”

ERP software reinforces theoretical concepts by allowing students to apply them in a business setting, according to the release.

“Our trained faculty will provide valuable ready-to-work skills for our graduates by incorporating the software modules into everyday classroom curriculum,” Alan Shao, dean of the School of Business said in a statement.

College of Charleston students in marketing, supply-chain management, accounting, business administration, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management and international business programs will have access to SAP software.

The college, one of three South Carolina institutions in the alliance, paid for the membership through Dean’s Excellence Fund donor contributions in the School of Business.

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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