Miami-Dade Deploys SAP ERP

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In an effort to bolster its operations management, Miami-Dade County Public Schools is deploying an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system as part of its district-wide Business Operating Solutions for Schools project. Deployment began in September 2007.

For the implementation, SAP Public Services is supplying its flagship enterprise resource planning system, SAP ERP. The company has previously deployed SAP ERP in four other districts in Florida, as well as numerous K-12 school districts around the country. The move will allow Miami-Dade to integrate financial, procurement, human resources, and payroll systems. It will also allow employees to access self-service options for payroll and benefits and will manage several processes that used to be paper-based int he district, including attendance recording and travel expenses, according to SAP.

"Given the challenges, M-DCPS officials committed to modernizing their IT systems by leveraging SAP ERP to increase transparency and accountability," accoirding to SAP. "This helps to ensure that funds are spent to hire more teachers and allow for smaller classes, to update text books, to better maintain buildings and to fund programs such as music, sports and the arts. Additionally, by eliminating isolated pockets of information, M-DCPS can spur collaboration among principals, teachers and administrators to help ensure that activities and resources are aligned to achieve the district's mission of providing the highest quality education to its students."

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the fourth-largest school district in the United States, with about 350,000 students and 50,000 employees operating across 850 sites and with an annual budget of more than $6 billion.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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