The largest university in South Africa and one of the biggest distance education institutions in the world, the University of South Africa (Unisa), has appointed Datacentrix, a provider of high performing and secure ICT solutions, to roll out an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution, in a project that will extend over three years.
The implementation will span the entire organisation of Unisa internally, as well as delivering capabilities to external stakeholders.
According to Rudie Bronkhorst, ECM account manager at Datacentrix, Unisa is a diverse organisation that creates, receives and uses recorded information in a wide variety of formats. “The increased emphasis on good governance and accountability outlined by the Promotion of Access to Information Act and other compliance legislation, requires that the university manages its information effectively, which led to Unisa opting for the provision of an ECM solution,” he explains.
Unisa awarded the contract to Datacentrix as a specialised services provider, having satisfied all the requirements as specified in the procurement policy.
“The project, which kicked off at the beginning of April this year, involves the rollout of OpenText’s ECM Suite, which will deliver capabilities including document and records management, scanning and imaging, and workflow and web experience management, delivering portal and web content management capabilities.
“This ECM solution will provide Unisa with the means to securely manage and share (collaboration) information and intellectual property in order to improve service delivery and contain the costs associated with managing content,” Bronkhorst concludes.