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.