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Next Steps in Software Development on SAP HANA – Key Metrics

In May 2013 we launched the first openSAP course called Introduction to Software Development on SAP HANA. This course ran twice on openSAP with great success.

In October we offered an advanced course Next Steps in Software Development on SAP HANA which went deeper into each of the major topics around SAP HANA native development.

Tom Jung and Rich Heilman created a course that went well beyond the basics and in which they had the opportunity to dig deeper into the programming model or explore real world problems.

Let me share the key metrics and statistics of Next Steps in Software Development on SAP HANA with you:

  • The course ran from October 7 through November 25, 2014
  • 7,803 course participants were enrolled on day 1 of the course
  • At the end of the course this number had increased to 11, 690 participants. So during the course an additional 49.8% of learners joined.
  • We issued 1,692 graded Records of Achievements which is a success rate of 16% (based on half-way enrollments *)
  • 14.8 % of the course participants were SAP employees
  • The female to male ratio of the course participants was 1:6.5 (13.4 % of the course participants were female)
  • We had 1,454 posts in the discussion forum

*We decided to use the number of enrollments we counted in the middle of the course. Why? Because we say that all people that enroll until the middle of a course have (still) a realistic chance to complete it with a Record of Achievement.

You can see the geographical distribution of the course participants in the following graph:


As with previous openSAP courses the Top 3 countries were India (33.6%), USA (14%) and Germany (13.1%).

The participants came from 95 countries overall.

Let´s have a look at the course participants by age which is shown in the graph below:


The distribution of age shows a peak mainly from 29 to 34 years and the average age of the learners in this course was 35.1 years.

These values might lead to the conclusion that the course content has high interest for experienced professionals and developer community.

The last set of values I would like to share with you is the distribution of overall scores in the graph below:


The maximum number of points available to earn was 360. The minimum score to get the Record of Achievement was half of the points, so 180 points.

We can see that a high number of course participants reached the minimum score to earn a Record of Achievement and above: 1692 learners got 180 points and more.

Top scorer with 350 points and more were 113 learners.

This data shows that the course participants were very engaged until the end of the course. This also fits to the feedback we received in the “I like, I wish”forum where the participants especially mentioned and appreciated the high quality of the course, the great examples and interesting references, and the presenters.

During course run time, SAP TechEd && d-code in Las Vegas and Berlin took place. Tom and Rich attended these events and participants had the opportunity to meet them at the openSAP booth:


I would like to close this blog with a big thank you to Tom and Rich for their great cooperation and for developing this excellent openSAP course and to all others who contributed.

Please be aware that this blog post conveys my own, personal interpretation of the metrics we have gathered. What do you make of the data I have presented? I look forward to your comments.

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