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Promotion and Version Management (LCM) Expert web course

Everyone administrating either BI4 or XI3 of the Business Intelligence Platform is in desperate need to understand how best to install, configure and use the Promotion and Version Management capabilities, also known an ‘LCM’.

I’m delighted to announce that for customers who are under an Enterprise support contract an ‘Expert Guided Implementation’ (EGI) (a web based course) is now available. The course runs over 4 days, with a 2 hours webinar each morning.

Web based course objectives

My EGI course is designed for administrators who already have a good understanding of the BI platform (XI3 or BI4) but with no prior understanding of Promotion or Version Management.

This Expert Guided Implementation will provide a complete overview of the feature set, demonstrations, detailed installation and configuration steps in addition to explaining best practice for using the tools. On completing the Expert Guided Implementation attendees will have a full working solution within their own environment in addition to an understanding of best practices associated with the tools.

What is an EGI?

Expert guided implementation is a new delivery methodology. The methodology balances the combination of training, practical experience and expertise on demand. Focus is to enable the customer to execute complex activities with the help of SAP experts. It is important that during the delivery itself, the activity is executed as described in the delivery slot.

Expert guided implementation enables you to execute activities without being a subject matter expert. The methodology closes the gap between class room trainings and consulting.

For more information on the EGI methodology please go to At the very bottom of the page is also a calendar showing other EGI offerings by time-zone.

When? And how to register

The web based course runs over 4 days and requires 2 hours each morning.

The course is currently limited to the EMEA time-zone. I hope to run this in the America’s time zone soon.

The registration link for the EMEA course running 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th December 2012 is but hurry because spaces will be filling up quick!

What’s the agenda?

Day 1 (3rd December – starts 9am UK time, 10am CET time)

SAP Expert presents (2 hours morning webinar)

·         ‘Why’ and ‘What is’ Promotion and Version Management

·         High Level architecture

Execution by customer

·         Check Prerequisites

·         Decide the most appropriate architecture

Day 2

SAP expert provides: (2 hours morning webinar)

·         overview of installation, configuration and validation

Execution by customer (Remote support in the afternoon)

·         Installation, configuration and validation.

·         Simple ‘exercises’ to improve functional understanding of the product set.

Day 3

SAP expert explains details of:  (2 hours morning webinar)

·         How Promotion by ID operates

·         Promotion Security

·         Best Practice workflows

·         Mappings

·         Features by Product Version

Execution by customer (Remote support in the afternoon)

·         Possible synchronization of repositories

·         Setup and testing of ‘mappings’

·         Practice promoting content following best practice.

Day 4

SAP Expert explains (2 hours morning webinar)

·         Visual Difference

·         Promotion and Version Management Security

·         Delegated Administration

·         Rollback, other best practices,

·         SubVersion backup/upgrade and manual install

·         Command line use of Promotion Management

·         Troubleshooting

Execution by customer: (Remote support in the afternoon)

·         Visual difference testing

·         Application and functional security setup

·         Rollback and other settings

·         Test of SubVersion backup

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      Former Member

      Hi Matthew!

      Just a little question regarding the schedule.

      Would it be a problem if I'll misses the first day of the course? Commitments prevent me from joining the course on the first day.

      Thanks for answering!

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      Matthew Shaw
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      Hello Jens,

      The first day we cover the architecture and a demonstration of the product, so it depends how familiar you are with the tool and architecture already. Really Day 1 is a prerequisite for Day 2, but its up to you. You'll be able to download the slides of Day 1, during Day 2, and we could always have a chat in the Day 2 afternoon if you had any questions.

      If you want to book, I suggest you hurry. There is only 1 space left available. 20 seats on the course.

      This is clearly a hot topic and so we're schedule some more dates soon.

      Many thanks


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      Matthew Shaw
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      The course is now fully booked. I'll work on getting some more dates in the diary.

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      We are soon to make registrations open for the Americas timezone for course to start January 21, 2013. I'll update this blog entry with all the details soon

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      Matthew Shaw
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      Delighted to provide more dates for EMEA and America regions.

      Please use this SAP note for dates and registration links

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      Thank you to all attendees. I thoroughly enjoyed delivering the course and the survey results seem to suggest you highly rated it.

      The course scored an average rating of 9.5 out of 10 for ‘I would recommend this course to others’. 

      Many thanks for the feedback.

      I encourage all eligible customers to take it, but don't just take my advise, an attendee quoted "It is great FREE training for Enterprise Support customers- take advantage of it"!

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      Satya Kanakam


      Can i access this course now.Do we have any materials