SIMS student system rolls out

Tshepang Lesejane, 1st year BSc Engineering student at a Wi-Fi hotspot in the Wartenweiler Library using the new Student Self-service facility introduced earlier this week by the Student Information Management System.

Tshepang Lesejane, 1st year BSc Engineering student at a Wi-Fi hotspot in the Wartenweiler Library using the new Student Self-service facility introduced earlier this week by the Student Information Management System.

Prelene Singh

WITS introduced a new, interactive and accessible software for students and staff earlier this week with administrators saying the process has been relatively glitch-free.

The Student Information Management System (SIMS) is focused around software changes and administrative activities to reduce red tape. Being useful and usable by students and staff when interacting with Information Systems are the main objectives of this project.

Wits decided to implement Campus Solutions which is a student administration product solution from the People Soft (Oracle) suite, according to the Wits Intranet.

Maggie Maseka, acting head of Academic Information and Systems Unit (AISU), said in an e-mail: “Both SIMS and the Student Self-service are working fine and have been embraced by staff and students. The only complaints received were due to log-in problems.”

It is a new system and some glitches in the beginning are expected, Maseka said.

Students using the system in the library told Wits Vuvuzela the new system is better than the old system.
Students can now enter Wi-Fi hotspots on all campuses and download a signed affidavit from the Commissioner of Oaths.

Lesego Ndhlovu, 2nd year BA, said more options are available “especially for our email and fees statements”.
According to the Wits Intranet site, some of the benefits of the introduction of the SIMS are: improved allocation of resources and efficiency; better information will be supplied for better decision making; improved service delivery by the University; improved reputation for the University and efforts which are refocused on teaching research.

Ditshego Makwala, 2nd year Biological Science, said: “It is time saving and is easier to check for mistakes with courses and names.”

First year LLB , Sanele Hlela, said: “It’s more convenient, updates your information timelessly and it won’t take me two weeks to get a fees statement from faculty anymore.”

The university was notified in 2009 the Oracle Student System it was using would be decommissioned. Wits management decided to implement Campus Solutions, which is a student administration product solution from the People Soft (Oracle) suite.

The complete rollout of the project will take 30 months to be fully implemented according to the Wits Intranet.

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