Metro State joins national SAP University Alliance
Business School/NIMBL offer high demand project management training
Contact: Tim Carroll, Metro State, 303-556-5136
Paul Suter, NIMBL, 303-694-9232
Posted: August 3, 2011
(Denver, Colo.) — Successful companies across the country know the importance of having a solid project management infrastructure. Without it, time and money is wasted.
In an October 2009 Economist Intelligence Unit report, 90 percent of executives surveyed claimed that project management is either critical or somewhat important to their operation, while a mere 37 percent of respondents felt their firm did at least a “very good” job of managing important projects.
To better prepare students for the growing job market for information technology and project management professionals, Metropolitan State College of Denver has formed a public-private partnership with Denver-based NIMBL LLC, a nationally recognized SAP professional services company. SAP reports that its enterprise application software is used by 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies.
Under the partnership, curriculum enhancements were made to classes in the Department of Computer Information Systems (CIS), and the College is now a select member of the SAP University Alliance. With many of today’s businesses struggling to find skilled workers, SAP-trained professionals are in high demand.
“We’ve found that a number of our clients, many of whom are some of Denver’s most respected and successful companies, are in great need of full-time IT professionals familiar with SAP, a critical business technology solution,” said Yosh Eisbart, NIMBL co-founder, who approached Metro State to collaborate on driving more attention on campus to the world’s largest business software.
“We recognize the potential and competitive advantage this training can offer our students,” says Ann Murphy, Metro State dean and professor of the School of Business. “This level of instruction is most often found at the graduate level, so we feel fortunate to bring this relevant and enriching teaching to our students at the undergraduate level.”
As a member of the SAP University Alliance, Metro State students and professors have access to SAP’s software license, offering students in-depth, hands-on experience with SAP software. Metro State first integrated SAP course work in the classroom through CIS’s Introduction to Information Technology class in the summer of 2010. Now SAP applications are being developed for classes in Enterprise Resource Planning with potential for expansion into management and accounting programs.
“Our business students get a better and more integrated view of how all the various business functions and processes work together,” says Biswadip Ghosh, assistant professor of computer information systems. “Since SAP software uses common data it really illustrates the connections between sales, production and accounting.”
The partnership exemplifies how Metro State is working with the private business sector to identify where there are needs and provide opportunities for students to plan for and achieve a career path.
The Project Management Institute (PMI) indicates that there will be roughly 1.2 million new project management jobs created every year on average for the next 10 years. The growth is fueled in part by the generation of baby boomers reaching retirement, as well as by companies vigorously emphasizing efficiency in the post-recession economy.
As part of the effort, Metro State and NIMBL are planning a full-day “SAP day” conference co-located with the Colorado chapter meeting of Americas’ SAP User Group (ASUG) to take place on the Auraria Campus on Sept. 30, 2011. The event will include two tracks:
- hands-on introductory training with application case studies
- training geared towards SAP professionals working intimately with the product day-to-day.
Both tracks will feature presentations from local businesses speaking about how SAP acts as a strategic business (and IT) platform transforming their organization. At the end of the conference Metro State will host a SAP internship fair focused on matching local businesses with prospective students. Learn more at http://www.mscd.edu/cis/about/conf_fall11.shtml.
About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, and will offer a master’s in social work starting fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts more than 70,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.
About SAP University Alliance Program
Through advanced curricula, technologies and academic research, the SAP University Alliances Program (UAP) supports more than 1,000 member institutions of higher learning, custom-tailored courses and projects, which develop highly qualified graduates with critical skills for the 21st century workforce. The UAP provides connections between university leaders and students, SAP customers and partners, and SAP internal experts by providing students in-depth, hands-on experience with SAP software and solutions.
About NIMBL, LLC.
NIMBL, LLC. is a leading SAP consulting services company focused on nimble delivery and SAP specialized solutions. NIMBL’s business driven SAP initiatives provide recognizable return on investment for their clients and best-in-class SAP implementation standards. With expert consulting focused on enhancing customers’ SAP platform, companies across the United States are actively seeking engagement with NIMBL. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Denver, Colorado with satellite offices in Los Angeles and Chicago, NIMBL serves both Fortune 500 organizations and the Small to Midsize (SME) marketplace. Privately held with annual growth of over 400%, NIMBL has quickly