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In line with the SAP University Alliances teaching about SAP ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and Design Thinking for Bachelor students at the IT University of Copenhagen students had the chance to visit the SAP offices in Copenhagen on October 22, 2013.

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The visit lasted 4 hours. At the beginning students had the opportunity to meet SAP experts and heard about their experience and knowledge about ERP. Afterwards students presented their own solutions based not only on the design thinking challenges mentioned below but also on their SAP teaching experience within the fall semester 2013.

Design Thinking Challenges presented:
1) The Student information System of the Future
2) Mobile and Distance Learning in the 21st century

The visit was possible thanks to the collaboration of the Associated Professor from the IT University of Copenhagen, Lene Pries-Heje. It was the first of its kind, an initiative of the Head of SAP Global University Alliances; Ann Rosenberg, and Jacob Lund, one highly motivated student from her team.

Here is an overview of the program

12:20-12:35  = Arrival and Welcome at the SAP offices in Copenhagen
12:35-12:40  = SAP University Alliances Introduction – Jacob Lund  (SAP University Alliances)

12:40-13:20  =
The importance of education in organizations, Tanja Riis-Petersen (SAP Education Sales) 
13:20-13:25  = Break
13:25-14:10  = How SAP ERP supports business processes – Jan Kjaersgaard Sørensen (SAP Presales)

14:10-14:20  = Coffee break
14:20-15:30  = Design Thinking – Presentations
15:30-15:40  = Voting of the best solutions
15:14-15:45 =  Nomination of the 2 winning teams.
Prize: A trip to CeBIT 2014 to participate in the INNOJAM in Hannover, Germany.

After Jacob Lund gave a brief introduction on the SAP University Alliances program, Tanja Riis-Petersen from SAP Education Sales presented her view about the importance of education in organizations:

“Numbers from analysis show that Education is essential for all companies. You can buy the world’s best software but if your employees are not trained how to use it, you will not get the full value from your investment. SAP Education Sales showed a live demo of their software product called SAP Workforce Performance Builder a “learning/document creation tool”. The target application was SAP GUI (Graphical User Interface), we did a live recording followed by various outputs in the form of documentation, simulations and lastly a final e-learning session ending with a test.”

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Picture: Tanja Riis-Petersen

Secondly Jan Kjaersgaard Sørensen continued with his presentation: “I had the pleasure to give a short overview about how SAP ERP can support business processes. I have mentioned the processes we can support and the different SAP modules involved. As an example, I described how SAP ERP helps Carlsberg (famous Danish brewing company) supporting the different processes leading to the yearly traditional release of the Christmas Beer. It’s a quite lengthy process that starts months before with purchasing, production planning, production execution, delivery and last but not least finance. Ialso mentioned that SAP has developed 25 Industry Solutions that are all based on our standard ERP with some best practices and extra functionality added.  At the end I showed how ERP also can be accessed via mobile devices making our customers more efficient and agile.”

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Picture: Jan Kjaersgaard Sørensen

After the coffee break, the Design thinking presentations started. Team 1 on the picture to the right made the following comment about their solution:

“We took a look at the current systems at the IT University of Copenhagen and we made a lot of interviews with the students. Students disliked managing information on multiple platforms, the sub-optimal navigation and communication systems. Therefore we created an ERP system that is special in the way it combines all the different platforms (blogs, email, news etc.), into oneeasy to manage solution.”

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ITU Team 1: Johan Stoklund Larsen, Hans Gish, Nicklas Bertram Jepsen, Kasper Von Ahnen Normann, John Alvan Kibuuka

Also Team 3 pointed out: “We have focused on enterprise systems in educational institutions. We have emphasized finding content easily, customizability for the individual student and application sharing on a global level that will improve the quality of today’s educational institutions.”

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Team 3: Stefani Vitanova, Mikkel Lilbæk, Tomas Blichfeldt, Jesper Stjernholm Jepsen

Finally, after all groups had presented their design thinking approach, they voted for the best solutions based on the design thinking criteria: desirability, viability, feasibility. Group one and three had the highest scores. This qualified all group members to participate in the INNOJAM design thinking workshop sponsored by SAP University Alliances at CeBIT 2014 http://www.cebit.de/en/CeBIT-2014

SAP University Alliances and SAP Denmark would like to congratulate all participants for their innovative design thinking solutions and would like to wish GOOD LUCK to all 9 students going to CeBIT 2014!

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  1. Ben Christensen

    Cool to see university students getting the opportunity to apply learning on-site in a relevant company!  Students can absorb much then they can get chances like this to engage with onsite workshops and lectures with experts in their field of study.

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