BCO6181 – EXPLANATION AND ENGAGEMENT IN 6 MINUTES
As part of our BCO6181 class, class lecturer Tony De Thomasis spoke of DemoJam, the SAP TechEd event where industry consultants had an opportunity to demonstrate a new use of SAP technology in just 6 minutes.
So as part of our class assessment it naturally followed that class members would be required to demonstrate a use of technology shown as part of BCO6181, with a 6 minute time limit. What example of class learnings could I demonstrate in 6 minutes?
One of my first thoughts turned to the well-known SAP table which contains all the transaction codes, TSTCT. When this table was demonstrated in class, I identified with this immediately. One of the first things I wanted to know as an SAP student early in my Victoria University course was – where can I find the complete list of all SAP transaction codes?
I briefly thought of demonstrating transaction code SE16 to access TSTCT. But I realised that running a demo using SE16 to access the details of TSTCT would not have been showing my fellow class members anything new in the spirit of DemoJam. Then I recalled our class exercises in using MAXDB SQL Studio that included accessing a SAP table.
My current employment is in a company finance department and my employer’s financial records are stored in SQL tables for access by our electronic systems. From time to time I have needed to run a query on data contained with those tables using SQL syntax. So accessing table TSTCT via the MAX/DB SQL Studio seemed like a perfect opportunity to not only learn how to query table TSTCT via an alternative means, but also to refresh my knowledge on using SQL syntax as part of my work.
After updating myself with some basic SQL syntax via SCN and Google research, I was able to construct a query which combined different conditions such as accessing all codes with an English language description and transaction codes beginning with certain letters such as ‘SU’ for the SAP user master related transaction codes.
The screen shots I saved as part of working through the SQL Studio, along with a screen shot of a clever and relevant poem about SAP Tables on the SAP Community Network formed the initial building blocks for my presentation.
Using Prezi, a cloud presentation site which had also been demonstrated to us as part of BCO6181, I was easily able to combine my various screen shots with the Prezi fonts and shapes into a step by step demonstration of SQL Studio. The flexibility of Prezi also allowed me to add a YouTube video clip for some added entertainment value.
A picture of my delivering my presentation of accessing TSTCT in SQL Studio to the class is below.
The presentation went well and I was pleased with the positive feedback. I was equally happy with the additional things I had learned in putting my presentation together. But one of the most important things I have learned has been that since the initial class demo, I have thought through the concept of a 6 minute presentation more and can see the benefit of running a ‘DemoJam’ on financial matters at work.
In my role as a Project Accountant at an educational research organisation, one of my ongoing challenges is to explain financial concepts and processes in simple terms to research staff who sometimes find it difficult to fully understand financial matters related to research projects.
In the past I have provided information via up to a 5-6 page document with screenshots or sometimes just plain text. My experience in this role has lead me to appreciate that financial information is best explained in a timely and simple manner. Prezi would be a perfect way to provide concept explanations in a few simple slides. The downside from my employment point of view, is that my employer would probably not yet allow for such details to be provided by cloud software such as Prezi.
It is here that I acknowledge the encouragement of my fellow class member JelvieGrech. Jelvie filmed her own class presentation to share with others via YouTube and SCN, then suggested I do the same and even recommended the software to use.
My first ever You Tube clip showing my presentation of MAXDB SQL is below…
I am happy to find myself now learning new technology in order to discover new ways of sharing information with others.
Another piece of cloud software introduced to us in class was the collaborative online software SAP streamwork. This weblog was designed and moderated using SAP Streamwork.
Learning new technology and discovering how one can use such technologies for the benefit of themselves and others, has been a common theme throughout the content taught as part of BCO6181. A big thank you goes out to Tony De Thomasis for creating the BCO6181 curriculum that has given us skills that we will be able to use widely both professionally and personally going forward.
Where else would you find one Weblog covering productive uses for MAXDB SQL Studio, Prezi, YouTube and Streamwork?
Great job Alison.
Thank you Tony for your feedback and encouragement. BCO6181 has provided lots of opportunity for ongoing learning and development. Presenting in class, recording it and writing the blog has certainly given me lots of food for thought about how I will use and develop these skills. Thanks again for developing this excellent subject for access by VU post grad students,,
Brilliant blog, Alison! Always great to see others learning new technology, and even better to see them joining the community and sharing their experiences with others! If more would follow your example, we'll all be better off as a result. 🙂
Hi David. I am enjoying becoming more involved in the SAP community and like the positivity I see amongst the community where members are keen to help each other by sharing information, taking part in web dicussions and demonstrations of SAP technology as we were lucky enough to see in class on a few occaisions by local experts in the community. I am eager to keep reading, using and learning about the technology and your feedback only encourages me more. Thank you very much for your postive comments 🙂
It is really nice to read how the BCO6181 course made in impact. The SAP Community really is a wonderful community to reside in. I really like the fact that you highlight how you learned something about SAP technology but also how this has made you think about a lot of things.
I hope this course serves as a start point for you, you could compare it to discovering a whole new world. Being active on SCN has done that for me and I'm convinced it can do the same for you.
I am encouraged by your comments also. BCO6181 really has made an impact and as our final class finished this evening, this sentiment was expressed by my fellow students as well. I can see that the SAP community is an active and vibrant one and full of support for fellow members. You are right on the mark when you say this course is a starting point in a new way of learning for me. That is exactly how I see it too.Thank you for sharing your experience with how being active on SCN has helped you also. I appreciate your feedback.
I was very impressed to see your original presentation live in the classroom, and I am doubly impressed that you have followed it up with an excellent blog. Well done, this is a great example for others to follow.
You provided valuable feedback in class about how we could benefit from the experience of our presentation and I appreciate your encouragement and feedback about my blog too. Tony explained to us well the flow on effects and benefits, to all of members in the SAP community, of connecting and supporting each other. My blog is an example of this and the timing is a result of another member of class, Jelvie Grech, encouraging me to write about my presentation after I commented on her own excellent blog. Writing about and recording the presentation was a great experience in itself as I have seen how doing this will help at work, in study and just enhancing skills in explaining ideas and presenting to others. Thank you for your postive comments.
I am so impressed with this blog and your Prezi
I would like to hear more about how you did the blog via StreamWork too
Congratulations! Well done
Thanks very much for your positive comment and your general support of our class as I have seen on your Twitter feed throughout the semester.
Streamwork has worked well for us. We have easily developed group blogs via Streamwork and we will publish those very soon. For this blog I setup an activity in Streamwork about my personal blog, invited Tony, then uploaded a Word document with my draft blog as an activity task. Streamwork allowed for added comment to be written beside the document as well. Tony left feedback very quickly and i had email notification of this.
The flexibility of Streamwork has been ideal for developing our group blogs where we set up group Activities where can each group member can add new text or text in a document as a new activity task, whether we are in class together or not. Its very easy to see the flow of each addition to the activity and also for each member to provide separate feedback, which is sent as an email feed to all in the group. Tony and class assistant Nasir are part of each activity group and can provide similar feedback.
Having the group activity information flow available on cloud based preparation like Streamwork has made the blog prepartion much easier.
I do appreciate your encouragement. Thank you