Welcome to the Centre of Excellence (CoE) at the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM)! As one of the five institutional pillars of MSBM, the Center of Excellence seeks to provide activist leadership in realizing ICT-enabled business innovations, in the wider business community.
The CoE is a multi-disciplinary research and application-oriented technological environment for IT-Enabled Business Innovation
Much of the CoE's emphasis relates to the use of FOSS - Free and Open Source Software, a phenomenon that has already dramatically changed the way that software is being developed and used across the World.
We are convinced that with FOSS, the Barriers to Entry for utilizing enhanced ICTs and the external Digital Divide can be considerably diminished thus creating real opportunities for business growth, increased productivity and innovation.
That is why our Vision and Conviction is that "The MSBM Centre of Excellence will become the preferred source of information, knowledge and expertise, within Jamaica and the Caribbean Region, about the application of Open Source Software to drive business innovation"
The Information Systems function within the CoE provides desktop computing and classroom technology support for MSBM Staff and students, as well as implementation and operational support for business applications such as Banner-Financials, OrangeHRM Human Resource Management System, the MSBM-ELS eLearning System, and others.
The Centre of Excellence also offers a range of services to SMEs and other Organizations interested in taking advantage of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) to enhance the effectiveness of their business operations. We have compiled a Small Business Solution Portfolio, that certifies and packages implementation support services for a select, best of breed range of FOSS solutions, applicable to core business functionality including office productivity, Intranet applications, Line of Business applications including inventory management, procurement & accounting (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and human resource management (HRM).
The Centre of Excellence is involved in a number of innovative projects that demonstrate the value of OpenSource tools and applications to rapidly develop and deliver business value. Some examples include:
Visit our "OpenForBusiness" Website that features more detailed information on the CoE's FOSS-related Business Projects and Research Initiatives.