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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 available in different regions of the world. For a full list of dates and registration links please go to

What’s the agenda?

Day 1

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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  • 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"!

  • New dates will be published tomorrow for the EMEA region. The dates will be 13, 14, 15 and 16th May 2013 starting at 9am BST / 10 am CEST.

    • When we would be expecting the course training at India (IST) timings ? Let me know, planning to attend this course.



      • Many thanks for your interest. We do understand there is a lack of availability of this course in some regions however we hope to make available the course by means of a number of pre-recorded sessions. This has the advantage that you can just view on demand, rather than pre book a planned session. Stay tuned for updates on these pre-recorded sessions. I'll update this thread with details as soon as they are available.



        • Thanks a lot mathew...

          Kindly request to share the recorded session vedios once its been released. Many thanks,



  • New dates for the EMEA course will soon be 'bookable'. New dates will be:

    • July 22, 23, 24, 25. 2013
    • September 9, 10, 11, 12. 2013
    • November 4, 5, 6, 7. 2013

    Course registration should open in the next day or so.

  • Hello Matthew,

    We need your help on the below queries on Promotion Management(PM) and Version Management(VM) in BI 4.0

    I had go throw the documents of EGI of LCM sessions, i had come across recommendation of dedicated Promotion Management and Version Management.

    Can you please let me known if we are not maintaining the dedicated PM and VM server what impact to the system and also we want to known what is benefit of dedicated PM and VM

    Thanks in advance


  • Hi Naga,

    I saw your post in the forum. I've answered (or at least tried to) your questions. Please let me know if that hasn't helped and I'll try to get you a better answer.

  • Within the next hour entitled customers/partners can register for the EMEA course for the 4 day course: 25, 26, 27, 28 November, 2013.



    • Dear Mathew,

      I just want to ask that anyone can this course or not?

      Is it a paid one or free of cost?

      Help me on this so i can join the course and proceed.



      Furqan Baig

      • anyone can this course or not?

        Not everyone can attend the course. Only those with an Enterprise Support Contact can attend.

        Is it a paid one or free of cost?

        The course is 'free', but attending the course will consume 1 day of the 5 day allowance. 5 day allowance is provided to each Enterprise Support Customer per year.

        The link takes you to another link which provides the official material on entitlement.

        Because you can't see how much of you entitlement has been consumed, it can be a good idea to check with your colleagues beforehand, but for those on BI only most organisations tend not to consume all 5 days within 1 year. So just book it! 😉

        I hope this help