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In case you missed the news, openSAP is offering a course right now called Introduction to SAP Fiori UX, a course based on the latest SAP Fiori rapid-deployment solutions recently released. For those unfamiliar, openSAP is SAP’s version of the “Massive Open Online Courses” philosophy on education. These courses are conducted entirely online with materials accessible from any device. Plus, discussion forums have been provided for easy access to SAP experts. Oh, and all this is free!

In this just started SAP Fiori UX (short for User Experience) course we are trying something new: an optional design challenge open to anyone interested. We are calling it the SAP Fiori UX Design challenge, and here’s how it works:

We have released two short videos (available as part of this openSAP Fiori UX course) which cover the topic of SAP Fiori UX Design specifically. You’ll learn how and why SAP Fiori was created in the first place and then also be given some guidance on how you can apply the same design approach SAP used internally to create a mockup of your own Fiori-like app.

You pick any SAP scenario you are interested in that involves SAP transactions (for example, scenarios involving submitting, managing, or viewing approvals, leave requests, or sales orders), and then submit your own idea showing how you think SAP Fiori UX could make this scenario a more delightful and simple experience.

No previous design experience is required and anyone can participate. Your submission is really about telling a short story in whatever format and style works best for you. You’ll also have access to additional resources, such as the SAP Fiori Design Best Practices Guide (taken from the SAP Fiori Design rapid-deployment solution) and the SAP Fiori UX Prototyping Kit.

All entries must be submitted before October 20, and the top three will each win a free iPad Air! For more details, check out the challenge introduction page (requires free openSAP account) as well as the FAQ. As always, feel free to ask questions or comment below. We hope you enjoy the experience and look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Best of luck!

*Update* Winners will now get an iPad Air 2, learn more.

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  1. Jelena Perfiljeva

    Bob, some of the links don’t work for me (IE8 is as high as I can go with XP on a corporate laptop), so I’m sorry if it’s covered there, but two basic questions. Can we use S-user login (same as on SCN) or is a separate openSAP account required? And is it required to be enrolled in the course to participate in the challenge?

    Thank you.

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    1. Bob Caswell Post author

      Hi Jelena,

      Good questions! openSAP uses a different login, but it’s a very quick and easy process to get started. As for the relationship between the course and the challenge, let me explain:

      Yes, you do need to be at least enrolled in the course to participate in the challenge, simply because the submission process is handled in a section of the site found directly inside this course. It’s also recommended to participate in the course (especially the first week) to be exposed to more context related to SAP Fiori UX.

      That said, participation in the course is not directly required, just encouraged. The only mandatory requirement is enrollment so that you can submit your entry through the process only made available to you inside the course after enrollment.

      Also, if you have more specifics on which links don’t work for you and what messages you are seeing, I can look into that.

      Hope this helps!

      Bob

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      1. Jelena Perfiljeva

        Bob, thanks for a reply! I can get to the Introduction page (and get a big red banner on top that IE8 is not supported), but both links in the last paragraph of the blog just kick me back to that same page and same banner. Tried in FF later yesterday and actually got the same effect sans the banner – both links just quietly redirect to the intro.

        P.S. By the way, this blog doesn’t show up in the SAP Mobile space (it looks like there is no designated Fiori space). You might want to add more tags or ask the Mobile space editors to feature it. Although more views would clearly decrease my chances of winning, so – nevermind. 🙂

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        1. Bob Caswell Post author

          Lol, Jelena, thanks for the tip! Added some mobile tags to see if that boosts awareness notwithstanding the disadvantage it gives you. 🙂

          As for the links, yes, they require you to be logged in to work. Have you tried Chrome? I believe the site is more optimized for Chrome as compared to either IE or FF.

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