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Hello All,

It’s been a long one year since I have attempted an SAP certification.
And this time, am very happy that I got a chance to attempt and pass the professional certification from SAP..
Through this blog, I would like to take you all through the experience I had and would also like to share some information pertaining to the specific certification.
I had attended the class room training where we had a trainer from SAP Australia.
We were a batch of 18 people from SAP, who were from different teams like SAP Basis, Sales, Pre-sales, CRM, Finance, Analytics, Industries and so on.

When we talk about Enterprise Architecture(here after referred to as EA), the basic question that comes to our mind is the difference between EA and Solution Architecture and this cannot be explained better than the below sentence (The Below sentence is copied from the training document)

“City Planning can be compared to SAP Architecture, designing a building can be compared to Solution Architecture”

 

Details of the exam:
Certification Name –> P_EA_1 – SAP Certified Professional – SAP Architect
Course Name –> SAP A200 (SAP Architecture)
This is a 4 days course with an 3 hour exam on the post lunch session of the last day.
Number of Questions –> 80
Hours –> 3 Hours

 

Course Material SAP Architecture 200 is divided into 12 Chapters:

Unit 1 –>  Architecture Overview
In this chapter, you will be taken through the some of the topics like below:
a) Basics of EA
b) Benefits of EA to Business
c) Benefits of EA to Information Technology
d) EA Framework
e) A sneak preview to other architecture Frameworks like Gartner, TOGAF and so on.
f) How SAP EA differentiates from other EA frameworks

Unit 2 –> SAP Architecture Framework
In this chapter, you will be taken through the some of the topics like below:
a) Core Artifacts (Key elements in the Frame work)
b) Reference Models in SAP Architecture
c) Different dimensions of architecture practice

Unit 3 –> Content Meta model:
In this chapter, you will be taken through the some of the topics like below:
a)  Different entities and its relations
b) Key elements like Driver, Goal, Objective, Measure and so on

Unit 4 –> Stake Holders and Requirements:
In this chapter, you will be taken through the some of the topics like below:
a) Who is a stakeholder
b) Stakeholder management
c) Stakeholder identification
d) Stakeholder Analysis
e) Quantities of Architecture Principles
f) Core Artifacts in Stakeholder management

Unit 5 –> Business Architecture
In this chapter, you will be taken through the some of the topics like below
a) What is Business Architecture
b) Stakeholders in Business Architecture
c) Core Artifacts in Business Architecture
d) Balanced Scorecard
e) Business Capability model

Unit 6 –> Application Architecture
In this chapter, you will be taken through the some of the topics like below
a) Application catalog
b) Application Architecture Diagram
c) Interface Catalog

Unit 7 –> Data Architecture
In this chapter, you will be taken through the some of the topics like below
a) What is Data?
b) Global Data Type
c) Meta Data Catalog
d) Data Process Matrix
e) Data distribution Diagram
f) Data Object Floor Plan

Unit 8 –> Technology Architecture
In this chapter, you will be taken through the some of the topics like below
a) Typical Stakeholders in Technology Architecture
b) Core Artifacts in Technology Architecture
c) Tools and resources to help the SAP Architect
d) SAP Business Suite
e) SAP S/4HANA SFin
f) SAP S/4HANA
g) SAP S/4HANA Architecture
h) SAP Technology Components
i) PAM
j) Product and Production Management System
k) Instance Strategy
l) SAP Deployment options
m) System Landscape Model

Unit 9 –> SAP Architecture Realization
In this chapter, you will be taken through the some of the topics like below
a) Activate Methodology
b) RunSAP
c) Transition techniques
d) Realization Core Artifacts
e) Overview of Banking Reference Architecture

Unit 10 –> SAP Tools
In this chapter, you will be taken through the some of the topics like below
a) Architecture Content meta data model
b) Common Architecture tools
c) Leading Architecture tools
d) Tools – Evaluation Criteria
e) SAP Power Designer
f) Architecture Modelling
g) Requirement Map
h) SAP Solution Manager

Unit 11 –> SAP Mappings and Reference Architectures
In this chapter, you will be taken through the some of the topics like below
a) Mapping SAP Architecture to SAP Tools
b) Solution Explorer
c) Industry reference architecture
d) Business Process Models

Unit 12 –> SAP Architecture Practice and Governance
In this chapter, you will be taken through the some of the topics like below
a) SAP Architecture Maturity Assessment
b) People and Organization Dimension
c) Roles and Skills of a Chief SAP Architect
d) Standards and templates
e) Customer Examples

 

ASSIGNMENT:
Since this is a class room training, you will be divided into 3-4 teams (by the trainer).
A case study would be given to the team (same case study for all the teams).
After the daily class room training, you will be have to sit with your team and prepare some core Artifacts. Your group’s work has to be presented (In a Professional way) to the trainer and the remaining groups.
The trainer would evaluate your group’s work/presentation, based on the guide lines set to him.
I would say this was the most interesting part of the entire training.
It gives us an opportunity to understand the theory better and implement it practically.
Believe me, this assignment would help you a lot, during your exam.

Details in SAP website –> https://training.sap.com/certification/validity

Once the result is published, you will be able to see the individual % of marks on the following topics
and the overall total.
a) SAP Architecture Framework
b) Content Meta model
c) Data Architecture
d) Application Architecture
e) Business Architecture
f) Stakeholders and Requirements
g) Architecture Overview
h) Architecture Tools
i) Architecture Realization
j) Technology Architecture
k) SAP Mappings
l) SAP Practice

 

Test Day:                                                                                                                                             There will be a Proctor (invigilator from SAP; In our case, trainer and Proctor was the same person), who will provide the instructions. If you face any issues with the system (in our case, it was our office Laptop’s) on which you take the online test (like question and answers screen is not appearing), don’t panic. Proctor and/or some IT Infrastructure person would be there for your help.
To be frank, I was very much tensed, as its my first Professional Exam and I had to write it soon after 3.5 days of training.

The following thoughts were also haunting me:

• Will I Pass? Yes, No, May be.

• What will happen if I fail?

• What will I tell to my Manager and Colleagues, if I fail.

 

Questions can broadly be divided into following parts:
1) Multiple choice questions, where there is only one answer (Radio Button type)
2) Multiple choice questions, where there are more 1 answer (Check box type) (You will find the number of correct answers beside the question like 2, 3 etc.) –>  Carefully check the number of correct answers for such questions and don’t forget to mark all those correct answers)

 

Some useful points:                                                                                                                              • .Each correct answer carries 1 mark and wrong answer carries 0 marks. If you have questions which have more than 1 correct answer you will have to include all the correct answers for that question. Remember there are no partial points.

• From the first question onwards, you will have a NEXT question button with which you can start sailing to the next questions.

• From the second question onwards, you will have a PREVIOUS question button, where you can go back to the previous questions and correct if necessary.

• One more button is available called ASSIST is also available. When you click assist button, it will show a block in the right side with 80 squares indicating each question number in each squares. The question which you are answering will be a white background and the one answered will be in green background.

• Also, there is a flagging option that is available for each question. If you are not sure whether your answer is right, you can flag that question, and that will notify you that you need to attend that question again.

• In-case if any technical problems happens in between your test, don’t panic. There will be some network person who will help you to retain the session and whatever answers that you have marked till that time will be safe. You can continue from where you have stopped.

• You will have a time notification in the right top corner. Keep an eye on that always.

 

Some personal tips from my side: (Depends on Individuals anyway)                                             • Initially try not to spend more time on individual questions, instead quickly keep answering the questions that you confident enough, from the available 80..

• Your experience from the assignments would help you a lot while answering.

• Read the question twice or thrice, there are lot of tricky Scenarios based questions, where you will be tempted to choose the wrong answers. Beware of such questions.

• Keep yourself calm and concentrate on the questions.

• I have seen people who have completed the exam within 2 hours (not sure about their result though), but I used to spend all the entire 3 hours in the exam room

• I am sure there will be some questions which you are not aware of/ or not even heard of. In the last 5-10 minutes, quickly answer those ones by marking the most appropriate one (that you feel), as there are no negative marking. Never leave any Questions unattended.  (Pinky-Ponky technique can be helpful in last 5-10 minutes)

 

Test Completion:                                                                                                                                         It’s time now and you will have to submit your answers. You can use the SUBMIT button for this. Keep Proctor informed that you are going to submit.

NOTE: This SUBMIT button will be there from the first question itself. Ensure that you don’t click that by mistake in between the test. That will result in your termination from the test.
Well, this is 3rd most costly SUBMIT button that I have encountered in my life. First one was, during my HANA Certification in December 2013 and second one during my Fiori Certification in March 2016.

If you don’t submit even after 3 hours, session will automatically disconnect.
You will now see your result: Passed or Failed.
With God’s Grace, I passed my exam

HELLO WORLD –>  Am now “SAP Enterprise Architect. Professional Certified.”

 

Personal tips on the Type of Questions:                                                                                             • Please go through all the chapters in depth once or twice. Around 20+ questions were direct ones for which you don’t have to think a lot while answering.

•  Prepare seriously for your exam.This is relatively a new exam module. So please don’t go behind brain dumps (you will not even get that, for sure).

• Pay lot of attention while participating in the daily assignment work.

• Do your part well and the rest God will take care.

• Just think only one point: If many can pass the EA exam, WHY CAN’T I.

 

All the best to those who are going to prepare for the exam!

Welcome to the world of SAP EA!!!!”Let’s plan and build better cities”

 

@ Michael Thoman (SAP Australia) : Thanks a lot for being our Trainer/Proctor for this class room training program. We really enjoyed each and every moment of this program.

Hope you found my blog useful. .

Regards,                                                                                                                                                  Prabhith

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  1. Anand Kotha

    Prabhith – Thank you. Very informative. please share what is the cost of certification (P_EA_1) and any pre-requisites to complete before attending certification?

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