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UT Students Place 2nd in International Business Simulation

Published: Jun 22, 2009
A team of recent UT graduates came in second in an international competition where they participated in a business simulation game using enterprise resource planning software.

In the annual ERPsim competition, teams operate a virtual business over four simulated quarters. They use SAP software to solve enterprise problems in a manufacturing company, such as sending and receiving orders and delivering products. A software program automates the sales process, so every firm receives a large number of orders each quarter. The students use SAP to analyze the transactions and make lucrative business decisions. The team with the highest net income, or profit, wins.

A team from the University of Oklahoma took the top prize this year, but The University of Tampa beat out 39 other teams. Forty-one teams from 20 universities participated in the qualifying trials, and only eight teams made it to the finals. The third annual ERPsim Competition was held June 20, and the competition was broadcast live over the Internet.

Since one of UT’s team members was located in Morocco, the team used several information technologies, such as Skype and Twitter, in addition to SAP, to communicate with one another and participate in the competition. The team consisted of Gary Christensen MBA ’09, Aissam Talouni MBA ’09 and Bill Webb ’09, who is now enrolled in a master’s of accounting program at UT.

“UT was designated ‘Team G’ during the competition and fought a tough competition with the lead switching several times between them and the winning team,” said team coach Dr. Harold Webb, associate professor of information and technology management.

UT joined the SAP University Alliance in June 2008. Since then faculty from the John H. Sykes College of Business have been involved in multiple training and information sessions both on campus and at SAP hosted faculty workshops. As a teaching tool, SAP, the leading enterprise resource planning provider (ERP), has been integrated into selected courses by the Department of Information and Technology Management at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

For more information, contact Dr. Harold Webb at (813) 257-3967 or hwebb@ut.edu.