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Aussie software playing key role in supply chain education

  • 24 May, 2007 15:48

<p>MELBOURNE, May 24. Following the successful use of Mid-Comp International’s Odyssey corporate distribution and accounting software package for teaching students at Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE, similar arrangements have been agreed with Wodonga TAFE and the newly formed Australian Technical Colleges (ATC).</p>
<p>ATC is a Federal Government initiative to address skills shortages in supply chain and logistics disciplines.</p>
<p>Until Kangan Batman adopted Odyssey, its extensive campuses at Broadmeadows and Melbourne’s Docklands offered relatively manual, low tech training in supply chain related subjects. Consequently these courses were of limited appeal to an industry searching for high technology education and skilled personnel resources.</p>
<p>But as an advanced technology ERP suite with a distribution focus, Odyssey fitted the organisation’s objectives and provides the cornerstone delivery mechanism. Mid-Comp donated Odyssey in return for showcasing the product on the TAFE web site.</p>
<p>Mid-Comp International Managing Director Steve Bridges said: “Now Odyssey forms an integral element of courses ranging from Certificate IV to Diploma level, offered to local and international students for either academic or commercial industry-based learning. The courses encompass the full gambit of supply chain, business administration, and financial applications.”</p>
<p>Transport and logistics students at the Broadmeadows campus utilise a real world warehousing and distribution environment under an arrangement secured with Automotive Training Australia. They gain ‘on-the-job’ experience in warehousing, security and logistics by operating the National Distribution Centre on behalf of the ATA, receiving automotive component donations from various manufacturers and dispatching them to automotive engineering educational institutions Australia-wide.</p>
<p>Students work in a state-of-the-art warehouse using bar code and RFID technologies which gives them practical hands-on exposure, making them totally employable when they complete their courses. The breadth of the Odyssey software application suite enables course graduates to go into any distribution company operating modern workflow processes and become productive immediately.</p>
<p>The Victorian Government is creating a transport and logistics hub in the Melbourne’s Hume region because of its excellent supply routes to the north and west, and with its advanced infrastructure Broadmeadows campus is ideally placed as a training site for the industry influx.</p>
<p>Kangan Batman Institute is the first TAFE in Australia to offer a two-year full time Diploma of Information Technology focusing on Supply Chain Management, delivered at its Transport Logistics Facility at Broadmeadows campus. The new training also links two Institute departments, IT and Multimedia and Transport &amp; Logistics.</p>
<p>Staff of both departments have undertaken professional development on the Odyssey software, representing a cross-pollination between two previously disparate educational disciplines, with benefits for both departments. Course graduates have the potential to advance to IT management positions in technically advanced distribution companies.</p>
<p>A wide range of Certificate and Diploma courses are expected to attract both mature age people working in the field, and exiting VCE students wanting a career in the transport and logistics field. The courses provide hands-on experience that translates directly to the skills required by employers in supply chain management.</p>
<p>About Mid-Comp International</p>
<p>Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd ( is an Australian developer and supplier of business software solutions that encompass intelligent supply chain, managed availability and IBM systems management. Recently Elders Ltd chose the firm’s Odyssey intelligent supply chain solution in preference to systems from 100-plus vendors including SAP AG and Lawson Software. The implementation, costing $10 million, is believed to be the world’s largest pure Java system. Stockman, Mid-Comp’s scaled down version of Odyssey, is targeted at SME supply chain customers. Both solutions are based on Internet-accessible technology. Mid-Comp enjoys a strategic relationship with IBM, and supplies products and services to a client list that includes dominant Australian commercial enterprises. The company also supplies product to organisations in 26 countries, including many Fortune 500 companies.</p>
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<p>For more information</p>
<p>Steve Bridges,
CEO, Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd
Phone: (03) 9011 8288 or 0407 498 400
<p>Terry McNamara
Manager, Information Communication Technology
Kangan Batman TAFE
Phone: (03) 9279 2431

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