Thursday, March 14, 2013


KUANTAN, March 13, 2013 – Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) and IBM today announced a collaboration to market its home-grown knowledge based integrated education management system (KIEMS).

KIEMS is a campus management system developed by UMP using IBM DB2 and  Websphere solutions. The 12-year-old tertiary institution switched from the previous information management system to KIEMS last year.

According to UMP’s Chancellor Yang Berhormat Prof. Dato’ Dr. Daing Nasir Ibrahim, the migration to IBM platform saved the university more than 70% in maintenance cost and licensing fees.

“By migrating our computing system to IBM’s platform, we managed to reduce our operating expenses and the total cost of ownership is much lower,” he said. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Daing Nasir Ibrahim added that UMP succeeded  in commercialising KIEMS and have since sold the solution to two universities in South-East Asia.

“UMP will work jointly with IBM to continue to promote KIEMS at public and private universities here and abroad. We are confident that KIEMS will be well received and hope to stretch its reach further through IBM’s network,” he said.

Apart from lowered costs, KIEMS’ scalability has benefited UMP with the ability to manage its increase in student population.

“Together with UMP, we are creating a more robust and interconnected management system for universities that will improve their day to day operations. These collaborations are intended to help all institutions of higher learning to tackle their most important business needs to achieve high performance at a lower cost,” said Noorliza Abdul Bakar, Chief Financial Officer, IBM Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

“This two year collaboration started in the last quarter of 2012 when UMP expressed their interest to replace the Information Management System (IMS) they have been using for the last 12 years,” she added.

The KIEMS suite comprises an Academic Management System, Human Resource Management System, Financial Management System, Student Management System, Research Management System, Corporate and Quality Development Management System, Property Management System, Security Management System, Centre For Graduate Studies Online Management System and ICT Consultancy and Technical Services System.

With KIEMS, university authorities are able to utilise the campus infrastructure optimally and track usage of common facilities such a lecture halls, library, auditorium and more. In addition to resource planning, KIEMS also provides a dashboard for the authorities to introduce new courses as and when the need arises.

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