UWC decided to migrate off their existing Unisys platform for mainly two reasons. Firstly, Their strategic Student Administration System (SASI) needed more agility and an uplift to meet future requirements. Secondly, they were experiencing just too many challenges with the current environment (from a technology point of view).
Asysco’s Migration Technology (AMT) solution was chosen over options like Unisys AB Suite, Java migration, and a re-write. The migration was a way to eliminate UWC’s dependency on Unisys, as well as a way to reduce their total cost of ownership (TCO). Asysco’s unique code transformation based approach was the only way to meet UWC’s requirements and to deliver a solid business case.
The University of the Western Cape is a public university located in the Bellville suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It was established in 1960 by the South African government as a university for black people only. The establishing of UWC was a direct effect of the Separate University Education Bill of 1957. This law accomplished the segregation of higher education in South Africa. Black students were only allowed at a few non-white universities. In this period, other ‘ethnical’ universities, such as the University of Zululand and the University of the North, were founded as well. Since well before the end of apartheid in South Africa in 1994, UWC has been an integrated and multiracial institution.
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