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UGA’s MIS department partners with Sapiens International

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s department of management information systems has partnered with Sapiens International Corp. to enrich the educational experience of business students.

Through the partnership, students in UGA’s Terry College of Business will have the opportunity to learn advanced modeling and decision techniques using Sapiens’ state-of-the-art DECISION software.

“We see this alliance as an outstanding opportunity for everyone involved,” said Tomer Srulevich, executive vice president for sales and operation for DECISION. “The next generation of IS professionals will have the opportunity to be exposed to new and innovative educational opportunities via the university’s MIS department curriculum. The university benefits by being able to offer a new kind of educational experience, and Sapiens gets the opportunity to expose the next generation to our technologies and products.”

MIS faculty have already begun incorporating the software into one master’s class and three undergraduate classes. The formalized partnership helps ensure that UGA students stay up to date with the rapidly changing landscape of information systems.

“One of the major areas of change is to manage business processes and business rules as separate resources, yet resources that are closely connected,” said Bob Bostrom, emeritus professor of MIS at UGA. “Today’s dominant IS development paradigm focuses on business processes with business rules embedded in program code, making information systems difficult to change. However, there is a paradigm shift underway resulting in the business process being separated and managed by a business process management system, while the business rules are separated and managed by a business rules/decision management system such as Sapiens DECISION.”

The software is used to build, maintain and leverage a centralized hub of business logic. It operates on the “Decision Model,” a business logic framework that provides a system for organizing rules into well-formed decision-based structures that are predictable, stable, maintainable and normalized.

The software and additional support from Sapiens will bolster the university’s offerings in business process management by adding a component of business rules management, which is just as critical, Bostrom said.

“The Decision Model defines a technology-independent way of organizing and modeling business logic in terms of decisions and sets of business rules that go into making a decision,” he said. “Despite being independent of technology, the Decision Model is easily implementable in technology, applicable to both current and future technology products.”