“It was ambitious to try a SAP implementation project in education in only one year. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of all involved, the SISCOL application has been completed on time - a significant strategic accomplishment for the future of CNAM. A milestone that will be remembered.” Denis Coree, Director of Information Systems at CNAM
Training, promoting innovation and disseminating scientific culture: CNAM offers a wide range of activities. The first operator of adult vocational training in Europe, CNAM welcomes over 100,000 students annually in its 150 offices located across 28 regional centers in France. In particular students continuing education come from a broad range of professional experiences, backgrounds, locations and a wide age range. During their studies, most students are also engaged in a professional activity.
The workforce consists of 2,000 permanent employees (teaching and administrative) and 7,000 professional suppliers.
The project objectives can be summarised in a few words: unity, openness and quality of information. Indeed, since the law concerning the freedom and responsibilities of universities was passed in 2007, the government has identified three main target areas: “Make university attractive,” “break free from the paralysis of the current governance model,” and “make academic research visible internationally.”
CNAM has striven to respond to the first two objectives through actions aimed at enhancing its attractiveness to potential students, teachers and the professional world, whilst equipping them with effective management and reporting tools.
The project, named Siscol, is part of a continuous improvement strategy. It is therefore subject to continuous development implemented on an incremental basis.
The aim of the first release is to make a tool available to the institution for managing all activities centred on structuring the educational management, including: the education offer, planning courses and exams, student registration, managing attendance, managing grading, and student finances (pricing, billing, accounting). This first release was rolled out in institutions based in Paris.
The tool chosen by the CNAM is SAP’s Student Lifecycle Management (SLCM) module. The institution was particularly impressed by the broad functional coverage of the product, the flexibility it offers in modelling the training courses, and the strong commitment of the integrator/editor partnership on the subject.
Constrained by tight deadlines and uncompromising completion dates (the enrolment period coming a year after the launch), the project is a real challenge. The CNAM and Logica teams work harmoniously to support the transformation of CNAM and deliver a product that meets the requirements on time.
- Enrolments transmitted freely and easily
- Time is freed up for managers
- Quality of the data has improved
- Enrolment, planning and record of grades into a single tool