In 2015 SAP University Alliances for the first time partnered Russian ITSM chapter, regional renowned community of professionals and academicians in the sphere of IT service management, Information systems and IT-project management. As a result of the cooperation a joint event – Student Workshop on SAP S/4 HANA Case Solving – was set up on September 16, 2015 within main agenda of ITSM-forum Russia 2015, which was held from September 16 through September 18, 2015 in Moscow, Russia.
Student Workshop on SAP S/4 HANA Case Solving gathered 24 students and 6 faculty members from 4 different universities of Moscow:
- Financial University under Government of Russian Federation (FU)
- National Reserach Technological University «Moscow Institute of Steel & Alloyds» (MISiS)
- Russian Economic University n.a. Plekhanov (REU)
- National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics’ (HSE)
All the participating students major in Management Information Systems were provided in one-week advance with general information on S/4 (white paper and materials of openSAP course «SAP S/4HANA in Nutshell»). On the day of the workshop students arrived to the venue, SAP Labs CIS office, at 9-30 for welcome coffee and at 10 a.m. deep dived into the workshop by familiarizing themselves with the case on S/4HANA which was prepared by the experts of SAP CIS CoE on Finance (Olga Tretyakova, Maria Arkhipova) and methodically adjusted by representatives of ITSM-forum and HSE faculty members from School of Business Informatics. The case was devoted to a production company going through the problems of siloed IS-architecture and thus facing the growth limitations, the case task was to design a target business architecture of the company and map S/4HANA functionality to it.
On getting themselves familiar with the case, students had a chance to listed to presentation of CoE senior expert Maria Arkhipova on S/4HANA and ask all the relevant questions regarding case tasks. After the presentation and Q&A sessions student had 3 hours to prepare there solution. During that time SAP experts and faculty members facilitated them. After 3 hours of hard and creating work, students were ready to present in front of the jury their solutions.
Being given 10 minutes to present and 10 minutes to answer questions each of the teams demostrated its own specific approach: for instance, one team was more concentrated on the architecture and less on technology; another team was dealing mostly with the methodology to tackle the problem while third one was more into identifying and clustering the current points of organization. All in all, participants managed to successfully completed the task and proved to be skilled and motivated scholars.
We would like to extend our thank you to all the involved colleagues and partners for the great contribution to the event : Maria Arkhipova (SAP CIS), Olga Tretyakova (SAP CIS, Kazakhstan), Sergey Kuzin (SAP CIS), as well as faculty members: Marina Nezhurina (MISiS), Margarita Korotkin (MISiS), Elean Romanova (REU), Alla Gromova (FU), Natalia Altukhova (FU), Evgeny Zaramenksikh (HSE), Nina Korovkina (HSE), Galina Levochkina (HSE) and Anton Boganov (IBS / ITSM Forum Chair of Organizing Committee).