The idea came up during an internal call I have had with the SAP mentor Luis Felipe Lanz at SAP. We have been talking about how to engage as SAP Mentors in Spain with the Universities. One of the things we both see a lot in our daily life and always considering that we are both SAP Employees, is that there is a disconnect at our customers between “The Business” and “IT”. The distance can be wider or thinner but there tends to be a disconnect.
Answers like “Business does not ask us this type of questions / make this sort of request” just stay in a room without anybody questioning the why.
What are we trying to do and how is it going to be different?
We have planned to have a meeting with students of a very prestigious business school (MBA) in order to talk to them about the business problems they are seeing and which are either not resolved at all or in a way which could use some good improvement. They will need to define what they need in order to resolve the 3 problems Luis and myself as Jury will select.
As the next step we will have a session with students from the technical University which would be more on the doing side. The objective is to explain them the overall goal of this initiative and prepare them to meet with the students from the Business School. Together and as a team they will get from us the App-In-A-Day challenge. Where they have to come up in a creative way to create an App on the HANA Cloud Platform to resolve the business problem.
We believe that this could be a great way to teach our students a way of collaboration and communication which is key to drive successful IT Projects in the future, whilst at the same time we will introduce them to the possibilities of SAP HANA in the Cloud.
Stay tuned for the progress of this initiative!
Luis & Carsten