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Author's profile photo Luke Marson

Nakisa Certification in Visualization Solutions by Nakisa (VSN)

Certification is all the rage around here right now (thanks to the great work of the SAP Mentors) and recently Nakisa launched their Certification Programme. This is really designed to distinguish the better SIs from those that don’t quite have the knowledge to give clients the right service. While this is probably not essential for the best SIs and Consultants who can quite easily prove their worth, it will certainly separate those who are still learning from those that don’t have the required skillset. Having given input in to the Certification Programme, I thought I’d share some information around the programme and the benefits it provides.

The Certification Programme comes in 2 “flavours”: Technical and Functional. Nakisa have introduced a 4-step approach towards Certification that must be achieved before Certification can be awarded:

  • Attendance of a 5-day Functional or Technical training course
  • Implementation experience and/or shadowing a Nakisa consultant for a set period
  • Taking the Certification exam
  • Having the exam reviewed and getting the Certification!

     

Nakisa have revamped their training courses for 3.0 and have extended them to provide the best knowledge base possible. Of course, with any SAP Certification the training alone isn’t going to make you into a consultant. That’s why Nakisa have introduced a set period of shadowing a Nakisa consultant on a project in order for the aspiring Certified consultant to pick up practical knowledge and prove their ability. Once they have completed their shadowing they will be able to sit the exam and should they pass then they will get their Certification.

The one thing I like about this approach is how the Certification actually provides practical and real experience so that a consultant cannot be Certified without having actual knowledge. This provides real value in having Certification and provides trust to clients to invest in the right people.

Certification also helps reduce the workload on Nakisa Support, who often take calls related to configuration or consulting issues. This obviously stops Nakisa dealing with genuine bugs and product issues. It also stops consultants looking a bit daft when OSS come back and tell their client there isn’t a bug.

So, what does the Training provide me with? Well, for both types of courses it provides you with an understanding of all the standard features and functionality of VSN. For the Functional course it provides you with an understanding of:

  • The AdminConsole – and for the Technical course an understanding of performing configurations using the tool
  • Best practices for deployment
  • Gathering and documenting client requirements
  • Identifying project estimates and timelines
  • Evaluating the scope
  • Planning and resource allocation

        

For the Technical course it provides you with an understanding of:

  • The AdminConsole  and how to perform configurations using the tool
  • Performing non-AdminConsole configurations, such as creating new hierarchies and new tasks etc
  • Application architecture and its relationship with SAP ERP HCM
  • Installing and deploying the solutions using best practices
  • How to troubleshoot common product and deployment issues

       

The benefits for Certified consultants, with exception of being Certified, include:

  • Access to the latest product information
  • Higher consideration for implementations in their region
  • Participation in Nakisa events
  • Visibility to Nakisa, SAP and clients
  • Ability to provide feedback on Nakisa solutions
  • Participation in Beta testing and premium access to new and forthcoming releases
  • Regular access to a Nakisa expert to discuss common deployment subjects

           

For me I can see a big benefit of Certification and recommend it for anyone who wants to follow a career or have the ability to implement VSN applications.

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      Author's profile photo Jarret Pazahanick
      Jarret Pazahanick
      Hi Luke

      Excellent blog and very interesting as I hadnt heard much on the specific details of the Nakisa certification.

      I think folks would find it interesting if you have the numbers as to the cost and how many people worldwide (roughly) currently have the certification.

      Great job as always and you are a true SME when it comes to SAP/Nakisa.

      Jarret

      Author's profile photo Luke Marson
      Luke Marson
      Blog Post Author
      Hi Jarret,

      There are no Certified consultants just yet because of the process. However, I'm hoping to take the exam soon 🙂

      The course usually costs around CAD$3,000 but this is reduced by 50% if a company has sent people to training courses before.

      Best regards adn thanks for the kind words,

      Luke

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi Luke,
      Best wishes for the exam.
      In my experience it may get a bit tricky in certain regions of the world where Nakisa does not hold strong presence. Thus the conditional certification would create some difficulties around those areas to successfully implement the solution.

      You are putting good effort in Nakisa blogs, keep it up.

      Regards.
      Mohammad

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      For those who are interested, more info on Nakisa Certification is available here: http://www.nakisa.com/partners/nakisa-certification.htm
      Author's profile photo Stephen Burr
      Stephen Burr

      *** Warning

      This blog was accurate at the time of writing and written in good faith.

      However, 3.0 certification never got off the ground and Nakisa confirmed recently (Sept 2012) that there "are currently no certified consultants". 

      A similar type of certification is planned for the upcoming 4.0 release complemented by new partner training and revised approach to validating the skill of the consultant who has been trained.  Some consideration is also being given to how to recognise certified consultants so that customers/partners can validate who is certified.

      I hope this will be formalised for the benefit of partners and customers alike.

      Author's profile photo Luke Marson
      Luke Marson
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks for your comments and updating this information.

      This blog was accurate at the time of writing and written in good faith.

      It was and since the certification program was never formally "stopped", by the time it had been, to be perfectly honest, I had forgotten that I had written this blog 🙂 .

      I am very positive that the new partner training will be highly beneficial to potential and existing implementation specialists and certification will help satisfy the expectations of customers that they will have the right level of competence to deliver successful implementations.

      It's very interesting to note that Nakisa will also be sending all of their Professional Services consultants on this training in order to ensure that they are providing the best level of service when implementing their own solutions at customers. Now that's drinking your own champagne 🙂

      Author's profile photo Jarret Pazahanick
      Jarret Pazahanick

      Luke/Stephen

      Just curious if you see SAP customer asking for Nakisa Certified consultants once the program is officially launched and if so what will drive that since I am not seeing them ask for SAP HCM certified consultants (I am one) for example and that has a lot longer history (could be the problem) 🙂

      Author's profile photo Luke Marson
      Luke Marson
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Jarret,

      I can tell you now that I have never seen someone ask for a Certified consultant, irrespective of the existence of a program. I think for this program is more about proving that the consultant is skilled, but hopefully in the long-term it will mean customers asking for certified consultants.

      Best regards,

      Luke