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Strategic “KPI’s” for University Alliances

Anyone who works with or has close dealings with SAP has learned that we are big users of the term “KPI’s” – Key Perfomance Indicators – to categorize our business objectives.  Most often supporting these KPI’s one finds quantitative measures which are really helpful to quickly gain an understanding of the “what” of our activities and performance.  But we also need qualitative context to understand the “why” of the value delivered.  So I would like to share some KPI achievements in University Alliances with you while keeping these concepts in mind.

In University Alliances, we are just now seeing many interesting quantitative and qualitative milestones converge:

University Alliances Program

1,000+ institutions – universities, colleges, and technical schools – who are fully-licensed members of the University Alliances program with hands-on SAP solutions in academic courses and programs.  The academics AND their leadership are signed-on.

5,000+ professors and lecturers in the worldwide University Alliances program.  They have invested 200,000 hours of their time in attending the first introductory workshop on teaching with SAP.  Countless additional hours have been invested in additional UA workshops and academic events we offer.  This does not even include any of their preparation time, travel time, course development time, classroom time, advising time, etc.

University Alliances Community on the SAP Community Network

300,000+ participants registered in the UA Community (launch was late February, 2009).  There is a clearly growing recognition of the value of our academic community especially linked to the greater family of the overall SAP Community Network.

1,500+ messages from 500+ topics in our blogs and forums – answers to questions and sharing of ideas which also have benefited many thousands of those who have read them without needing to respond.

1,000+ resumes uploaded by university students seeking full-time employment and internships in the SAP Ecosystem through the job search and employer match functions of the SCN Career Center.

University Alliances Newsletter

50,000+ recipients who have requested to be included on the distribution list of our bimonthly UA Newsletter, which shows that there is substantial active, not only passive, interest in our offerings and activities.

University Alliances on Facebook

1,000+ “likes” who are following our Facebook page – a much appreciated social attachment and affinity has developed in our UA academic community.

All of these measures are continuing to grow at rates we have not seen before the introduction of the UAC.  As SAP has grown and University Alliances has expanded in coverage worldwide, especially over the last 2 to 3 years, academics have been invited by our executives and board members to take on a stronger position of influence in the SAP Ecosystem of employees, customers, and partners.

Thank you for your continued contributios in our University Alliances program, Universty Alliances community, and SAP Community Network.  Mostly we are thrilled to see more and more of our customers and partners as well as our own SAP hiring managers engaging with UA students and professors in academic projects of great value to higher education worldwide.  These contributions include guest lectures, research studies, job fairs, recruiting days, donations in cash and in-kind, and countless other activities that are greatly appreciated by everyone involved with them. 

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  • Asia Pacific College (APC) in the Philippines is now on its 3rd year of having SAP learning imbedded in the curriculum in its business degree programs – Business Management, Marketing & Advertising and Accountancy. We are the 1st to have SAP for Non-IT students in the Philippines. Our KPIs are: Exposure & Experience of using SAP. 

    The approach of APC is only on the front-end (user/functional)side wherein we exposed the students with the experience of using the different SAP modules in relation to their subjects. We have divided the basic modules to be incorporated in different subjects. Here is how we have implemented it:

    SAP Module     APC Subject
    MM             Logistics Management
    PP             Operations Management
    FI/CO          Financial Management / Accounting2
    HR             Human Resource Management
    All modules    Management Info Systems/Business
                   Process Management

    The students will have minimum of 12 hours exposure to the modules. The knowledge of how to navigate the system is the main objective of the way we introduce SAP to the students. To me it is difficult to learn SAP and just put it in under one subject. The students will tend to forget it afterwards. But if you will spread it within the curriculum, they not only will forget but will learn to appreciate its usefulness in an organization. I believe its better to approach it in a way of what department in a real organization will use the SAP module. If you will see in our model it is aligned to the department. Then we have an integration subject called Management Information Systems where a deeper understanding of the ERP system is discussed.

    From Jana Inah Zipporra R. Marcelo, a BS Accountancy student: “When I heard of SAP in Chevron (where I took my Internship), I knew I was not completely ready. Sure, we devoted a couple of meetings to understand a little bit of SAP interface, how it works and the benefits of using this system, but I was fully aware that time, that what I knew of SAP were hardly the basics of it. Though, I must admit that I wasn’t shocked at all when the bosses asked me if I knew SAP. I must also admit that it was really an advantage for me to share to the bosses what I know of SAP. I should admit and be proud that my little knowledge of SAP wow-ed the bosses and helped me land my job as Credit Staff in Chevron”.

    APC has been using the Fly A Kite dataset which proves to me most user-friendly among the other dataset. First, it has both independent and integrated modules. Second, its the availability of a configuration exercise Quasi Computer. I strongly recommend this dataset for those schools that do not have enough faculty to teach SAP. Now we will be embarking to move into the configuration part of SAP. Most of our students are now SAP literate.

    Jose Victor O. Sayo -Program Director
    School of Accountancy and Business
    2 years of SAP experience using the MM module with a distribution company.

  • Impressed with the attendance this week at the UAC program in Milwaukee.  Over 120 participants from all over the US and Canada.

    Glad to be part of this community.

  • Bob,
    It’s great to see that so many SCN members are active and find value in SCN. As an Alliance school graduate, there are a few other numbers I’d be interested to see:

    How many Alliance students use SCN and contribute?

    How many of the university students that uploaded resumes through the career center were interviewed and eventually got a job offer? How many of these students were from Alliance schools?

    • Hi Tanya,
      Good questions.  So far, the UAC and SCN has been a primarily “push” medium when it comes to students.  Because of very strict privacy laws in just about every country of the world, student names are rightly protected.  Without names, we cannot match up usage.
      Also, the Career Center advertises jobs, it does not return to us any personal hiring details. But we have heard some compelling success stories. Do you have any to share in a blog or other social media?
      Thanks for your participation.