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I’ve just completed the 5-week “Deep Dive” course on S/4HANA and wanted to share a couple of thoughts while they’re still fresh.  First, I found the materials to be quite good.  The SAP presenters were all fluent in their subject areas and aided by generally solid graphics as they made their points.  Two people in the lineup of approximately ten presenters were somewhat hard to follow, at least for this uni-lingual American, but not bad and I just had to rewind in a few spots and read along with the transcripts.

The descriptions of the evolution of HANA, and then its integration into SAP’s future plans, were very well done and reiterated consistently.  The “Simplify” message permeates the training, and I think the presenters do an admirable job of unifying around this theme.

The course was structured in four (4) week-long, multi-unit sections, and going through the course with the intent of really learning the content took 2-4 hours each week.  At the end of each section, there was a short quiz (“assignment”) and these, in my opinion, were fair assessments, neither too tricky nor too simple.  The “final exam” took about an hour to complete after I had spent about 90 minutes reading through my notes.

Some discussion on the course site centered on the notion that the course was not truly a deep-dive into S/4HANA, and I can understand that criticism from those who really wanted to roll up their sleeves and get into the architecture, the roadmap, etc.  But to be fair, the thorough course description and introduction did mention that a learner need not be a true SAP expert to launch into, and benefit from, the content.  I’ll look forward to more S/4HANA materials on openSAP.com.

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