University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business


enterprise systems overview


In 2010, IBM, one of the world's top IT companies, loaned for five years, a fully configured z10 and accompanying software at $7.5 million in 2010 and about $5 million annually thereafter, to the Walton College for its use in its cutting-edge Enterprise Curriculum. Additionally, IBM loaned the college a 20 Terabyte DS8300 storage system. IBM had previously, in April, 2007 IBM loaned, for five years, a fully configured zSeries z900 to the Walton College to support the campus Enterprise Curriculum. The 5-year value of the loan package of hardware/software exceeded $25 million. Many Information Systems faculty are active members of IBM's Academic Initiative which helps faculty and researchers at the Walton College use and implement the latest technology into curriculum and research.

Teradata in the fall of 2010 gifted the Walton College of Business with a new Teradata 2650 system. This Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) system has 576 Gigabytes of memory and 20 TB of storage. This is a replacement of a previous systems donated by Teradata. Teradata sits atop Gartner's magic quadrant for data warehousing and give students hands-on experience with data warehousing technology which is a critical component of today's competitive businesses. The Walton College is also a member of the Teradata University Network (TUN), a group dedicated to being the premier academic resource for knowledge about data warehousing, decision support systems, business intelligence, and databases. Also, the Walton College Enterprise Computing systems serve as a host to TUN members for access to its large-scale, real-world databases.

In 2006 Microsoft joined with Walton College to establish a consortium of universities to share instructional materials and resources to further education and research. Microsoft has gifted the Walton College with MS SQL Server 2005 Management Studio that has upgraded to MS SQL Server 2008 and Business Intelligence Development Studio along with MS Visual Studio Team Systems, MS Visual Student.NET 2005, analysis & design/project development software, and data warehousing software all valued at $4.5 million. Using these tools students will have access to real-world datasets donated by Walton College's corporate partners. Through the Microsoft Enterprise Consortium, member universities and students will have access to these large, real-world datasets through MS SQL Server 2008.

As a member of the SAP University Alliances, the Walton College provides students hands-on training in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that runs businesses today. We are a dual hosted university and through this alliance, SAP, the current market leader in ERP software, donates its SAP software for our academic use. The value of the donation depends on the number students using the software in courses and generally is valued between $12 million and $14 million annually. Almost all of the Fortune 100 companies use some form of ERP software and 59 of those 100 companies use SAP. Baldor, ConocoPhillips and Tyson Foods, Inc. also provides an annual gift to support the faculty training, course development and system support for our SAP systems. Recently, the Walton College Enterprise computing system was designated as a "large system warehouse hub" for SAP University Alliance members.