I had the pleasure of attending the first SAP University Alliances & SAP Next-Gen event for 2017 – On January 3rd – 6th, at Sam Houston State University. About 150 professors from 98 SAP University Alliances member institutions joined the four day workshop to become better acquainted with SAP functionality and best practices for using SAP in the classroom. The workshops were hosted by the College of Business Administration at Sam Houston State University, which as always did an outstanding job hosting and supporting the event.
Participants enjoyed expert instruction by our outstanding facilitators listed below:
- Thomas McGinnis, Grand Valley State University; Introduction to Business Processes Using SAP S/4 HANA and SAP ERP – Introduces the SAP University Alliances program, key processes in SAP S/4 HANA and SAP ERP, and best practices for teaching with University Alliances curriculum.
- Nitin Kale, University of Southern California; Analytics with SAP including SAP BusinessObjects Cloud and Digital Boardroom – Discover cutting edge end user analytics solutions from SAP focusing on reporting, visualization and prediction, as well as BusinessObjects Cloud, Digital Boardroom and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse.
- Ross Hightower, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; Introduction to SAP HANA and HANA Application Development – Introduces new HANA-related curriculum, including HANA application development in SAP HANA and the SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) using SAP UI5.
- Derick Lyle & Arnaud Paquet, HEC Montreal – ERP Simulation Game Level 1 & 2. Introduces the ERPsim game and prepares faculty to use ERPsim in the classroom; faculty attain ERPsim Certified Instructor status at the end of the week. ERP Simulation Game Level 2: ERPsim certified faculty who have used the game in the classroom explore advanced ERPsim scenarios as well as a range of business analytics tools to support player decision making.
During the week I had the opportunity to present SAP Next-Gen plans and priorities with a special emphasis on the establishment of our various Next-Gen labs for geographies, industries and key technologies. Several universities in attendance expressed interest in becoming part of the network and in visiting SAP Next-Gen New York during our Academic Conference.