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Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas

Tips for Taking the Open SAP BI Platform Course

Well, I am done, I took the final exam this morning for the BI Platform Course taught by Henry Banks and James Rapp 

I want to thank both Henry Banks and James Rapp for this course.  In the beginning, I heard it was BI4 elite-like, similar to what we had last year in Vancouver.  However this was really geared solely to the BI platform and how to support it, which was a subset of what we had in last year’s BI4 Elite course.

My usual steps for taking a course is taking notes, with screen shots.  I thought about posting my notes here on SCN, but then I feared SCN members would think I was spamming the site.  If you think I should do this then please post below.


I was joined by 16,606 learners and growing (see above).  I haven’t visited the forums as I fortunately didn’t get stuck, experience issues or have questions – I credit this to attending so many webcasts and attending SAP Insider conferences that I was already familiar with some of the material even though I am not a BI admin.  I saw Jim Rapp present patching strategies at BI 2013 earlier this year.  I also saw Toby Johnston  present Wily and Fiddler at BI4 Elite last year.

So while I took diligent notes during the lectures, I am not sure it was enough.  I took the final exam this morning and while I won’t share the questions, I will give you a tip to take notes during the demonstrations (something I failed to do).

Overall tips:

1) Follow SCN blogs and follow Henry Banks on SCN

2) Take notes during the lectures and demos

3) Download all slides and the recordings at the start of the unit – while I didn’t experience slow times it is helpful to have this information while you take the final exam

4) Enjoy!

This was a relief this morning:


Now to wait until January for the results.  If you want face to face education sessions, BI 2014 in March in Orlando has a two tracks below:

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      I must say you have become a big fan of Henry and James. So I did the first thing right away, following Henry and James 😉

      For the later tips, it would take lot of time, however I will try to catch up.

      I do wish if you could have provided more tips, rather than mentioning taking notes , downloads etc. which was a bit disappointing. However I believe there's no shortcut for success other than hardwork.

      Thanks for the bog. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      You're right - those are the basics - biggest tip, which I didn't do, was to take notes during the demonstrations of the lectures.  That will help later on. 

      Author's profile photo Dallas Marks
      Dallas Marks

      Will the course be offered again in Q1-2014?

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      I think you can still access the recordings but I am not sure if it will be offered again - Henry Banks or James Rapp may know.

      Author's profile photo James Rapp
      James Rapp

      It is likely the class will be offered again but it may not be until much later in the year as we've only just finished the repeat of Intro to Software Development on SAP HANA.  There are a number of other courses up for possible repeats as well.

      However, as Tammy says, you are welcome to complete the course (w/o assessments or records of achievement) at your own leisure.  Simply select the "Self-Study" option in the course details.