UGM launched an integrated information system named as SIMASTER on Friday (17/11) in Solo.
In the second stage of its development, the integration of database and information system of SIMASTER has reached 50 percent of all systems and database from faculties as well as units at UGM.
“This is the second integration stage. In the near future, all systems of UGM are expected to be integrated as one,” said the Director of System and Information Resources UGM, Widyawan, S.T., M.Sc., Ph.D. during the Workshop on the Development of Information System Trimester 2 and the Launching of SIMASTER UGM.
After launching SIMASTER website version, the Directorate of System and Information Resources UGM establishes the SIMASTER mobile version, both for Android and IOS, with similar features in the website version, in order to give convenience to its users.
However, Widyawan admitted this integration is not easy due to various procedures and regulations that have to be made at first.
“Sometimes the problem is policy instead of the technical one. Therefore, UGM has to develop its SOP at first,” he added.
Regarding the issue, UGM Vice Rector of Planning, Finance, and Information System, Dr. Supriyadi, M.Sc., Ak., said his office would encourage the integration process with the required policy. Supriyadi said the current regulations are not supposed to hinder the development which is beneficial for all academic community.
“Regulation is a subject that can be changed. If it is not suitable for the development, we are able to change it,” said Supriyadi.
Supriyadi further said the information system integration is something that has to be owned by big universities, including UGM. Aside from increasing efficiency, it also aims to uniform each unit’s data.
By using SIMASTER UGM, information technology service of UGM is expected to become more focused, monitored, and provide convenience for the academic community.
“UGM is a big university which has incredible resources. The problem is how we develop those resources in order to achieve an outstanding target,” said Supriyadi.
Supriyadi said in the next years, the integration is targeted to reach 75 percent with a better system. He hopes through this system, the Directorate of System and Information Resources UGM can become the backbone of UGM development as well as achieve its targets.