Yesterday, I saw a posting in the HCM forum,enquiring about SF and how one can get trained on SF. It made me to think, why it should be difficult to get trained on SF. I have taken couple of training conducted by SF.
This is my experience about SF trainings:
On their website, they have a listing of training programmes that are available. I went ahead and registered my self for a few of them and completed 2 of them. A few weeks back, I received an e-mail from SF training dept, that my registration is cancelled. The reason being, SF has a policy that trainings are offered only to partners and customers.
At this point, only verified customers/partners can take our training programs. Due to this policy, we have gone ahead and cancelled all your registrations and process the refund as well.
But nowhere on the website, does it say that trainings are open only for customers / partners.
One of the secrets to SAP success is , SAP Education offerings and the large pool of trained personnel. Companies and SI’s invest by sending their employees to these programmes. I have attended few of them and they are very impressive.
Now that SF is a SAP company, wouldn’t it be wise to offer trainings to a wider audience. It will be bad, if a on-premise consultant with years of implementation experience cannot transition to SF or implement SF due to lack of proper training. In any implementation, knowledge of software (SAP or SF) is only a small portion, the larger portion is the knowledge of the business processes and helping the customer gain value adds from the implementation. Due to lack of proper SF training, the market might loose such consultants.
My request to SAP – As part of the integration process, can SF training be opened up. There is already a success story in SAP Education. It should not be difficult to implement the same at SF. Better still, it will be great if the training departments are integrated and brought under one umbrella.
Another request is, a forum on SF. Here at SCN, we share our experiences and learn from one another. Why is SF customer forum, currently restricted? Can SCN reach out to SF and bring them under this umbrella.
The key to the success of the integration and greater acceptance, is a large pool of trained SF workforce. Today, that is being a challenge.
I am currently humming “How do I get trained on SF”? Any suggestions?