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HANA: Building your HANA Capabilities and Team- How Do I Get Started ? (Episode 3 of 3)

You have the background on SAP HANA (Episode 1), and you have built a solid business case (Episode 2), and because you did such a great job, your company will fund your SAP HANA project. – But wait! Who is going to do the implementation and run this new technology? Do you have the skills in-house? How are you going to build them? These are all good questions answered in the concluding webcast in this three-part mini-series on “How do I Get Started?” from ASUG. This webcast was a pragmatic session on what skills are needed, and how to start getting more people educated on SAP HANA. The informative and entertaining webcast featured many speakers from the SAP HANA product management team. They included: Jose Ramos, Tom Jung, Richard Bremer, Sumit Kundu, Aleks Aleksic, and Raj Rathee.

At the start of the webcast, the presenter, Raj Rathee, SAP HANA Product Management, reviewed the background on why SAP HANA is necessary and how it could by part of some breakthrough innovation at your company. He went on to then present the concept of breaking down the required skills into personas, or perspectives of how to divide the knowledge sets necessary to operate SAP HANA. The following slide paints the skills picture that you will need to form in your organization to effectively operate the SAP HANA system.

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The progression that each of the speakers took us through detailing the skills and learning path can be illustrated by how they discussed the administrator role. First with a break down of sub-skills:

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Then with the overlay of SAP products that help the person in this role accomplish these tasks:

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And finally a slide with links to the learning content that one would need to get started to perform this role:

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Smaller companies may find it necessary to double up on some of these skill sets, but the work will have to be done by someone. This same progression of slides was done for the rest of the different roles necessary to operate SAP HANA. This was one of the best webcasts I have seen that broke down the different skill sets and provided over 30 links to content and training available right now.

Half of the challenge on educating technical people is finding the training material that they need to do their jobs. I really liked this webcast for the wealth of knowledge that it gave us on how to skill up as you continue to get started on the path to SAP HANA.

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The ASUG HANA Platform Program will focus on providing SAP HANA platform education, customer experience and knowledge sharing both from a business and technical perspective. In addition to HANA customer experiences and implementation stories we will host and highlight technical education to meet the needs of a broad set of SAP HANA Platform user roles. In addition, this program will offer ASUG members an opportunity to engage and influence SAP HANA product teams.

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