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Sydney University to use Mid-Comp’s Odyssey for supply chain education

  • 28 August, 2007 10:13

<p>The University of Sydney's Institute of Transport &amp; Logistics Studies (ITLS) is to use the Odyssey intelligent supply chain software solution from Mid-Comp International for hands-on teaching.</p>
<p>ITLS becomes the latest in an expanding group of educational institutions to take advantage of Mid-Comp’s Education Initiatives program.</p>
<p>Professor David Hensher, ITLS Director, says the decision to use Mid-Comp’s software recognises that many ITLS graduates need to be exposed to integrated commercial planning packages, such as Odyssey and SAP.</p>
<p>He adds: “Odyssey enables students to develop an understanding of how all the elements of the value chain fit together and actually monitor and audit the performance of an enterprise with a focus on the logistics task. As a teaching tool, Odyssey brings together all of the various roles performed in an organisation and enables students to establish and analyse key performance indicators relating to finance, customer service and operations.</p>
<p>“We’re hopeful in the long term that through Odyssey students will learn to appreciate the way all the parts fit together in running a good business.”</p>
<p>Odyssey is an advanced technology ERP suite with a distribution focus. Its fully integrated, real-time distribution and accounting system functionality is focused on supply chain efficiency. Built to run via standard web browsers, the solution provides true integration between all elements of the supply chain. Basic and advanced business functions can be performed by internal or external staff, customers and auditors (based upon pre-assigned user authority).</p>
<p>Mid-Comp’s Managing Director, Steve Bridges, says: “Although Odyssey will become the point of reference / example for students at ITLS, we understand it is vitally important for credibility and commercial relevance that the learning outcomes are seen as application software agnostic.</p>
<p>“The take-up by ITLS means that Odyssey will form an integral element of courses at the post-graduate 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>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. Odyssey is believed to be the worlds 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 delivered 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) 9915 5200 or 0407 498 400
<p>Prof David Hensher
Sydney University ITLS
Phone: (02) 9351 0071

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