Over the past few weeks SAP HANA has been pimping a free e-course to me on facebook.
It promotes a 4-week eCourse and looked compelling to me so I clicked on the “Sign Up” button.
It took me to a sign-up page that promised me all of these things:
- An introduction to in-memory technology.
- Real-life use cases.
- Free online tutorials.
- Customized learning.
- Access our business application developer community.
Since I am a developer/architect who likes to keep up on everything new, and have spent a lot of time taking the OpenSAP courses so far, I signed up. I was looking forward to be access more online tutorials and content on how to build data-driven applications.
So I filled out the form and clicked the “Start My Learning” button.
It took me to a thank you for signing up page where I could click yet another button “Download Now”:
It took me to a new page where I had to, once again, fill out a form to register to download the SAP HANA, express edition. So I did, and clicked the “Register” button.
I was then taken to a page where I was presented the different options for installing SAP HANA, express edition.
All the links in the 1A. On-premise installation section would start downloading the download manager for the respective platforms.
The links in the 1B Cloud installation section, would take me to already existing tutorials on either SAP Developer Center tutorials, or community blogs.
Google Cloud Platform links to this tutorial on SAP Developer Center: “Install SAP HANA, express edition on Google Cloud Platform from the Launcher”
Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure Cloud tutorials both links to the same Community blog post written by Denys van Kempen “Running SAP HANA Express in CAL – by the SAP HANA Academy”
And then that was sort of it. On the bottom of the page there is a link to the Community topic page for the SAP HANA, express edition and then one last link to another sap.com/developers tutorial which takes you through how to configure and set up the express edition “How to prepare HANA, express edition environment for tutorials”.
So far, no links or references to any 4-week eCourse learning material.
I then received an email where they offer me 2 courses to help me kick-start my learning.
Both offerings are (very!) old courses on OpenSAP:
- In-Memory Data Management in a Nutshell by Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Müller from 2013
- In-Memory Data Management by Prof. Hasso Platner from 2015
And still no sign of any 4-week eCourses.
If you don’t have any content to present, please just save the money and stop sponsoring fancy facebook ads.
And please stop wasting our time. We could have spent it on proper tutorials from SAP Developer Center, or on courses from OpenSAP instead.