University of Arkansas creates new learning with SAP and IBM

Published on 8 Jul 2009

The collaboration between the University of Arkansas, local businesses, SAP and IBM demonstrates our commitment to providing future generations with mutually beneficial teaching, research and learning experiences.

David Douglas, Director of Enterprise Systems, University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas


Deployment country
United States



The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville resides on 345 picturesque acres overlooking the Ozark Mountains. The University is one of the leading academic institutions in America, with nearly 19,000 students from some 100 nations enrolled in almost 200 courses.

Business need
Providing the opportunity to learn real-world business skills in the academic environment presents a significant challenge for higher education institutions. Ensuring students gain access to commercial-scale databases, enterprise software and high-performance infrastructure can strain the resources of even the most progressive institutions.

The University of Arkansas, supported by local businesses, and by SAP and IBM, has implemented a complete SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse application landscape on an IBM System z900 server running Linux. Businesses have contributed copies of anonymized commercial databases, which run on IBM DB2 for z/OS, to provide a real-world education environment available for Arkansas students and thousands of guest students from other institutions.

Students in multiple schools such as computer science, computing, finance and accountancy have access to a world-class enterprise-scale server, complete with commercial data and the latest software and applications. Free licenses for the entire SAP application suite for the z900 and IBM software components allow students to learn the latest techniques on the most current software, gaining skills on IBM System z that will be valued by their future employers.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V4.1, DB2 for z/OS, FlashCopy, Rational Developer for System z, z/OS

System z: System z9 Business Class (z9 BC)

IBM-SAP Alliance

Empowering People, Enterprise Modernization, Enterprise Resource Planning, Learning and Training

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