2018 Competition News
2018 Competition News

MonsoonSIM Enterprise Resource Management Competition(MERMC) Singapore Grand Final 2018  

Creator : Donald Lim | Last edited: 2019-Mar-15

Clementi (Singapore), September 21&22, 2018 -- 

MonsoonSIM Finals held in Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) over the weekend has once again demonstrated to our fellow competitors coming together from Southeast Asian countries that no two MonsoonSIM games are the same. Failure to adopt financial strategy change to rudimentary catch up with today’s Corporations worldwide markets can make the difference between winning and losing.

Teams from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman(UTAR) of Malaysia, by virtue of having applied a better overall strategy and demonstrated a more agile ability to adapt to a pool of KPIs randomly selected for the day, took the limelight amongst fellow competitors from Southeast Asian countries and Hong Kong by finishing 1st, 2nd, and 4th places.

MERMC, an annual competition co-organised by the School of Business of Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and Monsoon Academy this year, aims to encourage students to learn about Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) via Gamification and to incubate ERP talents for their future careers. Through the fun and interactive cloud-based MonsoonSIM, short for Monsoon Simulation Platform, students experience virtual companies management in real time, and learn how 12 different core business modules are integrated and interlinked:

  • Production
  • Material Requirement Planning
  • Warehouse Logistics
  • Budget and Forecast
  • Inventory Procurement
  • Asset and Capital Management 
  • Retail
  • Wholesale
  • Marketing
  • Customer Service
  • Human Resources
  • Finance

150 students from a widespread 30 tertiary education teams across 5 ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong) were determined to win a total prize money of Ten Thousand Dollars plus trophies & medals in the competition.

Participants structured under a team of 5 competed for the highest scores from their group challenges to qualify for the Final round which included 25 percentage points to be allocated by a panel that comprised 3 judges.


Day 1 Morning Session @ 09:00

Teams participating in the qualifying round were selected through a ballot system. They were divided into 3 groups (A, B, and C) resulting in 10 teams per group.

Teams sprang into action as soon as the bells in two adjoining halls on the 4th floor of Building-C rang to kick off the start of the competition. 

The teams worked towards the objective of running a successful virtual enterprise as they applied the business concepts they had learned and reacted quickly to situations based on practical constraints similar to real-life situations. 

Unlike first-time MonsoonSIM players who are always exuberant and making noise, both halls became somewhat quiet as the teams strategized while a fierce simulation battle was already underway.

Competitors in actions.... 

After a highly intense morning completing over 100 virtual days, the top 3 teams from each group emerged as finalists. These 9 teams will progress to win the top prize in the Final round -- SGD 4,000.00.

The finalists were:

  1. Team Universe Universitas Ciputra
  2. MICFS UTAR
  3. Team Lucky Universitas International Semen
  4. Kokobap UTAR 
  5. Team Random SUSS
  6. Panda Monash University 
  7. UC Warriors Universitas Ciputra
  8. Texas Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy
  9. JAVAMAN UTAR

Lunch break @ 12:30

Final round @ 14:00

The battle for supremacy of the day began after a good buffet lunch. All 9 teams were hopeful for the top spot. A couple of wrong decisions or a crucial mistake then would mean GAME OVER.


DAY 2 Final round 2nd session @ 09:00

The best team score remains up for grabs as the judges' panel of 25% score could change the outcome of the competition altogether. 

In order to gain highest score from the panel of judges, the 9 teams needed to display professionalism through a round of PRESENTATIONS to the judges and endure gruelling INTERVIEWS by the judges.

Judges scoring criteria look for the following attributes:

  • Strategy and execution
  • Ability to respond to judges questions
  • Crisis handling adaptation
  • Coordination & Execution
  • Overall presentation










you can see the teams presentation here

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs8h70J_elzQYfOo5km5LpjnF3T4eL0tr


After judging @ 12:00

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Team Kokobap of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman(UTAR), followed by JAVAMAN of UTAR, and UC Warriors of Universitas Ciputra, emerged victorious in this intensifying and exciting simulation battle with the other 6 teams. 

One thing worth pointing out is that the Champion, Team Kokobap went bankrupt in the Malaysian Country Final. But, given the opportunity to compete again this time, in the Regional Grand Final, they redeemed themselves from their past mistakes. Bravo! 


The rest of the competitors all had put up a very high-spirited fight and deserved praise. The fact that they made it to SUSS for this Regional Grand Final, after over 3000 competitors in the region to begin with, proves that they were already winners. 


All 30 teams were presented with certificates of participation. The top 3 teams were awarded with trophies & medals on top of cash money -- 4,000, 2,500, and 1,500 respectively. The rest of the finalists also walked away with gifts and a consolation prize of 200 dollars each. 


The 2nd and final day concluded with a high-spirited photo session along with rejoices among the finalists especially the winners followed by another lively afternoon buffet.


Congratulations to the Winners!


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

We thank our host Provost Tsui Kai Chong and President Cheong Hee Kiat for their supports for MonsoonSIM, and their approval of this Regional Grand Final to be held at their prestigious university, SUSS.


We thank Dr. Lee Pui Mun, Dean, School of Business(SBIZ), SUSS for the opening ceremony and closing of the event, for giving tokens of appreciation to special guests and judges, and for his support for MonsoonSIM and Experiential learning...


We thank SAP for its endorsement of MonsoonSIM, and Mr. Arun Rao, Head of Southeast Asia SAP Education for the prize money sponsorship. 


We thank Mr. Herman So of Guoan International Limited for his support and the prizes sponsorship. 


We thank Dr. Jonathan Leong and his team at SUSS for their time and efforts in the organizing of this Regional Event.


We thank all the participating universities' lecturers for leading their students to SUSS, Singapore for the competition. 

Mr. Alex Ong of Monsoonsim Singapore with the Champion, KokobapMr. Alex Ong of MonsoonSIM Singapore and the Champion, Kokobap  

 

We thank our colleague Mr. Alex Ong of MonsoonSIM Singapore for facilitating the competition and chairing "Challenges in Transforming our Education System" Roundtable Discussion. 


We thank Dr. Gonzales of National University of the Philippines, Dr. Shah of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Mr. Paramin of Zonix Services Co., Ltd Thailand, and Mr. Arun Rao of SAP for sharing their views on "Challenges in Transforming our Education System".

Dr. Jonathan Leong of Singapore University of Social Sciences (Singapore) sharing MonsoonSIM implementation.

Dr. Ma Nang Laik of Singapore University of Social Sciences (Singapore) sharing MonsoonSIM implementation.

Dr. Choo Peng Yin of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Malaysia) sharing MonsoonSIM implementation.

Dr. Edwin Lim of Deakin Business School (Australia) sharing MonsoonSIM implementation.

Mr. Adi Suryaputra Paramita of Ciputra University (Indonesia) sharing MonsoonSIM implementation.

Mr. Ivan Chan from Hong Kong sharing MonsoonSIM implementation. 

We thank our President, Mr. Abdy Taminsyah for refreshing the students' memories about the business concepts they had learned. 

We thank Mr. Arun Rao of SAP,  Mr. Herman So of Guoan International Limited, and Dr. Edwin Lim of Deakin University, Australia for judging the competition. 

Finally, we thank Dr. Ma Nang Laik for leading all the student volunteers to help make this event a success. 

https://www.monsoonsimthailand.com/merpc-2018.html

MonsoonSIM Enterprise Resource Management Competition(MERMC) Singapore Final 2018   

Creator : Donald Lim | Last edited: 2019-Mar-15

Clementi (Singapore) September 12, 2018 -- At the conclusion of MonsoonSIM Enterprise Resource Management Competition(MERMC) SUSS Final 2018 held this week in Singapore, 30 teams across 5 ASEAN countries plus Hong Kong will now prepare to challenge each other for the prestigious Regional Grand Final Prize to be conducted in Singapore on September 21st & 22nd.

This week,19 teams comprising 95 students from four institutions across Singapore – Temasek Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic(School of Infocomm), Kaplan Higher Education Institute, and Singapore University of Social Sciences(SUSS), participated in the Singapore SUSS Final competition. 

Participants in team-of-5 competed for the highest scores in this competition co-organized by the School of Business of SUSS and Monsoonsim Singapore Pte. Ltd. 

This year, Monsoon Academy is proud to present our latest innovation – the Man vs Robot challenge. The scores from this third ever challenge against the robots after Indonesia and Malaysia, constituted 20% of the total competition scores. 

The 5 Robots:

MERMC, an annual Business Process Simulation competition, is based on Monsoon Simulation, short for MonsoonSIM, a SAP endorsed Experiential Learning Platform developed to help students learn Enterprise Business Process involving Integrated ERP(Enterprise Resource Planning) concepts by performing various business transactions via Gamification.  

Through the fun and interactive cloud-based MonsoonSIM, students experience managing virtual companies in real time, and learn how 12 different business modules – production, material requirements planning, warehousing anod logistics, forecasting, procurement, asset maintenance, retail, wholesaling, marketing, customer service, human resources and finance – are interlinked. 

The 19 teams were divided into 2 groups, A and B with 10 and 9 in each in the qualifying round(semi-final). And the top 5 and top 4 of each group, a total of 9 teams, would each earn a place in the final round.  

Eager participants sprang into actions to challenge the robots in the first session of the qualifying round for the highest points possible as soon as the bells in 2 adjoining halls on the 4th floor of Building-C rang to kick off the start of the competition. 

The second session, man vs man kicked off with Sir Alex Ong of Monsoonsim Singapore again facilitating the competition for all 19 teams in the 2 halls concurrently. The teams worked towards the objective of running a successful virtual enterprise as they applied the business concepts they had learned and reacted quickly to situations based on practical constraints similar to real-life situations. At this time, unlike first-time players who are always exuberant and making noise, both halls became somewhat quiet. And at this time actually, a fierce simulation battle was already underway. 

Participants in actions….

 

 

After an intense battle, 5 top teams from Group A and 4 top teams from Group B emerged as finalists.

 

The final battle for top spot of the day began after a short break. And the climax of this third and final 110 virtual days competition came in mid way after the top 3 teams broke away from the pack. At this point, while the rest were chasing, these 3 were battling it out in a see-sawing back and forth movements until the final 30 virtual days which saw Mission Impossible of SUSS moving ahead of the other 2 and the rest. At the end, all 3 managed to hold their positions while the rest wished they had more time. Coincidentally, the top three were all from SUSS. 

 

Nevertheless, regardless of their finishing order, all 9 teams will be representing Singapore and competing against 21 other teams from Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines in the Regional Grand Final in Singapore University of Social Sciences(SUSS), Singapore on September 21st & 22nd. 

 

Champion. : Mission Impossible(SUSS)

First Runner Up : The Queens(SUSS) 

2nd Runner up : Team Random(SUSS)

 

 

On top of the trophies and medals, MonsoonSIM and its sponsor also gave away prizes to the winners.

The day ended with a high-spirited photo session and a lively buffet at the nice Bamboo Court of SUSS.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

 

We thank our host Provost Tsui Kai Chong and President Cheong Hee Kiat for their supports of MonsoonSIM, and their approval of this Singapore Final to be held at their prestigious university, SUSS.

We thank Associate Prof Allan Chia Beng Hock, Vice-dean, School of Business(SBIZ), SUSS for the opening ceremony of the event and his support on  MonsooSIM and Experiential learning..

We thank SAP Southeast Asia Education for its endorsement of MonsoonSIM, Guoan International Limited for its support, and Knowledgcom Corporation Sdn. Bhd. of Malaysia for the prizes sponsorship.

We thank Dr. Jonathan Leong and his team at SUSS for their time and efforts in the organizing of this event.

We thank all the participating universities for sending their students to the competition.

We thank our colleague Mr. Alex Ong of MonsoonSIM Singapore for facilitating the competition.

We thank our President Mr. Abdy Taminsyah of Monsoon Academy for showcasing MonsoonSIM Robots, and for launching the Robotic Educational Bootcamp which involves 4 steps of learning that can be achieved through team-men vs team-robots, men and robots mixed, or one-on-one with robots at the students’ own pace, time, and comfort for Certification.

According to Mr. Taminsyah, the key message in 2018 is that we have launched the world's first ERP-based Robotic Experiential Learning. With the help of Robots, we can now speed up digital transformations in education. Specifically, the MonsoonSIM Robots can be set up by educators (Certified Trainers) to be the learner's learning partner -- as well as -- the learner's business sparring partner. In the context of experiential learning, having Robots can help create complex business transactions and further simplify the whole teaching and students guiding process. Furthermore, for educators, the robotic challenge can also serve as a yardstick for benchmarking learners' knowledge.

We thank Miss Elaine Liew, ex-Vice President of SAP Asia and former COO of IBM Cloud for sharing her learning experience as a student at school and as a professional for 30 years in the IT industry. 

Miss Liew believes Life-Long-Learning is needed to keep pace with society. Her message to students is that they must know how to see that Group, Community Global, and Collaboration just as MonsoonSIM promotes, are important criteria for success in today’s fast-paced world. 

Miss Liew pointed out that students should be appreciative of the new environment created through passion and provision by institution like SUSS, and supported by innovative company like Monsoon Academy. They help to provide the kind of platform that allows students to have the scope to be global, to have fun like competition, to have interactions with different schools as well as scopes that are ever evolving to tailor to the real world.

According to her, studies have shown that Attention Span and Learning Retention are two things Professors at universities today like to talk about and focus on because it has been confirmed that pure courseware and lecture would kill every single level of passion and motivation. In other words, because of the existence of internet and social media, today’s students are very much interested in games, simulation, fun, thrill, and interaction in order to retain longer and sustainable learning.  

Miss Liew also said Game Competition Simulation stretches students minds through a combination of imaginations, stimulations, past experiences, contents that they learn, rules of the game, and tools that are given. Besides, Game Competition Simulation can move them from Lonely to Group and Communal, from Static Courseware to Real World, from Limited Interaction to Unlimited Open Platform so that they can relate it right on the day when they start in society, they will be more attuned.

Finally, we thank all the volunteers of SUSS. This event would not have been successful without their help.

Congratulations to the Winners!

See you at SUSS in Singapore for the Regional Grand Final on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22.

MonsoonSIM Enterprise Resource Management Competition(MERMC) Philippines Final 2018  

Creator : Donald Lim | Last edited: 2018-Sep-02

Manila (Philippines), August 25, 2018 -- It was about decision-making and speed last Saturday, when 19 teams comprising 95 students from across 7 universities in the metro Manila area, came together for a day at the Far Eastern University(FEU) Manila campus to compete for the accredited MERM Philippines Final 2018 Competition -- Asian College, San Beda College Alabang, Technological Institute of the Philippines, National University, University of the East, Asia Pacific College, and host Far Eastern University.

Participants in teams of 5 competed for the highest scores in this competition co-organised by the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance of Far Eastern University and Monsoonsim Singapore Pte. Ltd.


MERMC, an annual business competition, aims to encourage students to learn about Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) via gamification and to incubate future ERP talents. Through the fun and interactive cloud-based Monsoon Simulation (MonsoonSIM) platform, students experience managing virtual companies in real time, and learn how 12 different business modules – production, material requirements planning, warehousing anod logistics, forecasting, procurement, asset maintenance, retail, wholesaling, marketing, customer service, human resources and finance – are interlinked. 


Delivering the opening address before the qualifying-round kicked off, Professor Earl Borgona, Associate Dean of IABF, spoke of the importance of innovation and ERP in this era of business learning. He pointed out to the participants that the competition was more than just a game, and that they would gain useful knowledge which they could apply in various aspects of their lives. Professor Borgona also hoped that this competition would help raise the awareness of ERP. 


As soon as the bell rang, the event kicked off on the 2nd floor of the Administrative Building with Sir Alex Ong of Monsoonsim Singapore facilitating the competition for all 19 teams in 3 computer labs running concurrently. The teams worked towards the objective of running a successful virtual enterprise as they applied the business concepts they had learned and reacted quickly to situations based on practical constraints similar to real-life situations. At this time, unlike first-time players who are always exuberant and making noise, all 3 labs became somewhat quiet. And at this time actually, a fierce simulation battle had already begun.


After a highly intense morning which saw the qualifying finalist teams compete over 110 virtual days, 9 teams, including all 3 of FEU's teams, moved on to vie for the top 2 prizes in the afternoon Final -- a FREE trip to the Singapore Grand Final. 


The finalists:

1) Team ACES NU 

2) Team ABL UE

3) Team BAL UE 

4) FEU MAKATI

5) SBCA SBA 

6) AMIHAN FEU MANI

7) Team FIERCE NU

8) Team EXCELLENT NU

9) HABAGAT FEU MAN


The battle for supremacy of the day began after a good lunch. All 9 teams were hopeful for a spot in the Regional Grand Final in Singapore comes September as they fully focused on their games. A couple of wrong decisions or a crucial mistake then would mean GAME OVER. Three teams indeed fell into bankruptcy for being over aggressive towards the end. Nevertheless, they all gave it their best shots. 


Participants in actions... 




The final results spelled EXCELLENT from NU, Team FIERCE from NU, and Team ACES from NU as the Champion, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up, respectively. 

One thing worth pointing out is that all 3 NU teams' performances were consistent throughout starting from the qualifying-round.


The rest of the competitors all had put up a very high-spirited fight and deserved praising. When all was done for the day, we appreciated their participation very much. The fact that they made it to FEU for this Country Final shows that they were already winners. I am sure they will value this experience in time to come.


All the 19 teams were presented with certificates of participation, and the top 3 teams were awarded with trophies and medals. 


The day concluded with rejoice among the participants of National University.




ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:


We thank Dean Dr. Alma Emerita V. Dela Cruz of the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance of Far Eastern University(FEU) and relevant personnel of FEU for organizing and hosting this event. 


We thank Prof Earl Borgona for opening the competition. 


We thank all the universities for joining the competition, and their lecturers for leading their students to the competition. 


We thank Sir Alex for facilitating the competition. 


We thank Prof Gerardo Lagman of Asian College for the following:


"MonsoonSIM does provide the learning platform needed by today's learners. I can share with you the leaps and bounds of learning business practice by the hours spent in MonsoonSIM compare to a term of learning various facet of business studies. Although business studies provide the theoretical framework in business operations, MonsoonSIM integrates the various disciplines and allows actual learning by doing business operations. MonsoonSIM acts as a bridge between theoretical studies and possible actual business scenarios. Business studies provide the framework that helps explain what is happening during the business simulation. But it is the business simulation that provides depth in understanding business concepts" -- Prof Gerardo Lagman


Lastly, we thank all the student volunteers. The competition would not have been successful without them. 


Congratulations to the winners! 

See you in Singapore.

Hong Kong teams competing in the MonsoonSIM Enterprise Resource Mangament Competition(MERMC) Singapore Grand Final  

Creator : Donald Lim | Last edited: 2018-Aug-24

We are pleased to announce that Hong Kong, other than the usual Asean countries, has made it to compete in our 4th Grand Final MonsoonSIM Enterprise Resource Management Competition(MERMC) to be held in Singapore next month -- September 21 & 22.

This is Hong Kong's debut performance in the MonsoonSIM competition arena and two teams from Hong Kong have made it to the Singapore Grand Final. Please join us and extend your warm heartening welcome when you introduce yourself to our new member in the competition. 


Hong Kong students are from Hong Kong university of Science and Technology(HKUST), The University of Hong Kong(HKU), and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU ). In the name of learning spirit, one of the HKUST students joined the HKU team, and PolyU student joined HKUST as a team.

MonsoonSIM Enterprise Resource Management Competition 2018 (MERMC) Malaysia  

Creator : Donald Lim | Last edited: 2018-Sep-02

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) August 18, 2018 -- Coming off perhaps more practices before the competition, virtual companies of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman(UTAR) finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the MonsoonSIM Enterprise Resource Management Competition(MERMC) Malaysia Final 2018.

Twenty four teams consisting of 120 students from 8 universities in Malaysia converged on the beautiful campus of Asia Pacific University(APU), sprang into action as soon as the bells in 3 adjoining rooms rang to kick off the start of the competition. 


MonsoonSIM is proud to present our latest innovation - the Human vs Robot competition. The scores from this first ever competition represented 20% of the total competition scores. 


Participants in action... 


Participants: Asia Pacific University(host); Monash University; Syuen College; DRB Hicom University; UTM; UTAR; UUM; Politeknik Nilai


The 5 Robots: 

MERMC inclusive of robotic challenge is a Business Process Simulation Competition involving virtual companies that are formed by students in teams to compete against each other, and also against the robots. The team who comes away with the best results from the scoring matrix of the day, wins.


The competition was based on MonsoonSIM, a SAP endorsed Experiential Learning Platform developed to help students learn Enterprise Business Processes involving Integrated ERP(Enterprise Resource Planning) concepts by performing various business transactions, and how those transactional activities serve to raise their level of understanding in doing business. The 12 core business modules: Finance; Purchasing; Retail; Wholesale; ; Production; MRP; Forecasting; Maintenance; Human Resource; and Customer Service. 


The 24 teams were divided into 3 groups with 8 teams in each group. 

  • Group 1:

ALL KILL, BONE BREAKER, connect 5 lunch, Goal Diggers, MicFs, Skeptics, Wakanda, YTJT. 

  • Group 2:

Alpha, alpha maniac090, IBYFCupipi, Javaman, JSilent, Pythagoras, Tealive,  THUNDER CAT. 

  • Group 3:

ANGKASA, Empire, GLHF, Kokobap, Panda, STD, Team Semangat, Wine Tribe


After an intense battle in the second session Human vs Human semi-final round, 3 top teams from each group emerged as finalists. The fight for supremacy of the day began after a short break. And the climax of this third and final session of the competition came in mid way when Panda, GLHF, JSilent, IBYFCupipi, and MicFs were neck and neck all the way to the finish line trailing behind Javaman. At the end, Javaman managed to maintain its lead and emerge as Champion followed by JSilent, MicFs, Panda, GLHF, and IBYFCupipi. Coincidentally, the top three were from UTAR. 


MonsoonSIM and its sponsor also gave away cash prizes to the top three winners.




The day ended with a high spirited photo session and a lively buffet. 




ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:


We thank Vice Dean Mr. Ron Edwards of APU for the opening ceremony and his insight on the idea of collaboration between universities and the industry. 


We thank SAP Southeast Asia Education for its continuous support. 


We thank Prof Geetha Rubasundram and her team at APU for organizing a successful event. 


We thank our partner and sponsor Mr. Dylan Gurunathan of Knowledgecom for giving words of advice and encouragement to the participants. 


We thank all the participating universities. 


We thank our colleague Mr. Alex Ong of MonsoonSIM Singapore for facilitating the competition. 


We thank our President Mr Abdy Taminsyah of Monsoon Academy for launching MonsoonSIM Version 6, and addressing Man vs Robots.... 


According to Mr. Taminsyah, the key message in 2018 is that we have launched the world's first ERP-based Robotic Experiential Learning. With the help of Robots, we can now speed up digital transformations in education. Specifically, the MonsoonSIM Robots can be set up by educators (Certified Trainers) to be the learner's learning partner -- as well as -- the learner's business sparring partner. In the context of experiential learning, having Robots can help create complex business transactions and further simplify the whole teaching and students guiding process. Furthermore, for educators, the robotic challenge can also serve as a yardstick for benchmarking learners' knowledge.


Lastly, we thank all the student volunteers. This event would not have been successful without their efforts. 


Congratulations to the Winners! 


See you in Singapore!