Thanks to the alliance between SAP University Alliances and the University Center of FEI Professor members from Latin America had the chance to participate in the first ERPSim Game organized in the Region. The mentioned training was held at the Campus São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil.
Jacques Robert, Professor and Chair from the Information Technology Department at HEC Montréal, Canada flew to Brazil as the trainer. The course had a duration of 28 hours, training 7 hours daily and it was held in the English language. At the end of the course those professors with a participation of more than 75% of the class training received a “Professor Recognition Award” and also an oficial certificate of ERPSim Game, that will enable professors to use that company game in their courses.
From 28 to 31 January 2014 15 participants worked intensively over 4 days to learn, play and master the various ERPSim games. “As usual, it was engaging, intense and great fun”, as professor Jacques Robert put it.
ERPsim games are an innovative “learning-by-doing” approach to teaching ERP concepts. Using a continuous-time simulation, students are put in a situation in which they have to run their business with a real-life ERP system (SAP ECC 6.0). Teams of four students are tasked with operating a company; be it a bottled water distributor, a make-to-stock cereal manufacturer, or a Dairy company depending on the version, and must interact with suppliers and customers by sending and receiving orders, delivering their products and completing the whole cash-to-cash cycle. ERPsim is a simulation program that was developed to automate:
■ The sales process, so that every firm receives a large number of orders in each period of the simulation.
■ Part of the production process, in order to account for production capacity.
■ Part of the procurement process to account for delay in delivery and payment.
Find below the friendly picture from the Workshop participants.