LeanSwift, Coles College Partner To Bring Enterprise-Level Software Into The Classroom

Jan 6, 2021

LeanSwift, Coles College Partner to Bring Enterprise-Level Software into the Classroom

(Jan 6, 2021)
As enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems remain critical to the success of many
large and mid-sized companies, Kennesaw State University is partnering with technology
firm LeanSwift to teach students the skills to help clients roll out these powerful,
yet complex, business systems.

Kennesaw State’s Michael J. Coles College of Business Department of Information Systems and Security is working with LeanSwift to develop a curriculum around implementing INFOR, one
of most widely used ERP systems, with more than 90,000 corporate customers worldwide.
The learning materials, as well as access to full version of the INFOR software, will
be available to students in the information systems program’s Business Process Management
course beginning Spring 2021.

ERP systems help enterprises manage their day-to-day activities, with modules for
virtually all business functions. Teaching undergraduate students how to implement
this software provides them with a skill that will be instantly marketable after graduation.

“INFOR implementations across organizations in the area have increased,” said Khawaja
Saeed, chair of the ISS Department. “Consequently, the demand for skills in implementing
and managing the INFOR platform have gone up. The key motivation behind the partnership
is to capitalize on this opportunity.”

The agreement with LeanSwift will see students working with INFOR CloudSuite Distribution
Enterprise, which is a comprehensive ERP system featuring modules for customer order
management, purchasing, supply chain planning, inventory management, manufacturing,
distribution, and financials. LeanSwift representatives will collaborate with faculty
to develop student-focused training materials and will co-lead the instruction alongside
information systems professor Wes Rhea.

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While accessing an ERP system can cost businesses tens of thousands of dollars, LeanSwift
is making the software available to students and providing training at no charge to
the University. Their goal is to help prepare students to be competitive when they
join the workforce.

“It’s not very common for consulting firms to give this kind of support and training
at no cost to the user,” said Anise Madh, LeanSwift’s chief executive officer. “The
big software companies sometimes partner with universities to put their systems in
the classroom, but it’s rare for students to also have access to implementation consultants
and the additional expertise they bring.

“The partnership will train students on a contemporary ERP system and get them ready
for job roles in enterprise systems implementation and management that are highly
desired by organizations,” he added.

Kennesaw State’s contract with LeanSwift is a one-year agreement, with the ISS department
having the option to renew each year at no cost.

This collaboration represents the latest in a long line of partnerships between the
business community and the Coles College of Business. Other examples include the School
of Accountancy’s partnership program, where major accounting firms like Aprio and
Bennett Thrasher fund scholarships and create student networking opportunities, as
well as the interdisciplinary PhD in Data Science Program, where business students
and others work with real customer data from companies like Coca-Cola and Equifax.

LeanSwift has been working with the ISS department in recent years to host lunch-and-learn
events and class presentations. The company has also hired multiple information systems
graduates. For LeanSwift, giving students access to INFOR and helping design a curriculum
around the software is a natural extension of that relationship.

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According to Saeed, the goal of working with corporate partners like INFOR and LeanSwift
is simple.

“It’s about jobs,” he said. “These students will be ideal for organizations implementing
or using INFOR.”

– Patrick Harbin

This press release was produced by Kennesaw State University. The views expressed here are the author’s own.


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