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Celebrating Five Years of openSAP

Just over 5 years ago, I participated in a Massive Open Online Course as a learner at openHPI. openHPI was a new learning platform provided by the Hasso Plattner Institute and I signed up to a course by Hasso himself to learn about in-memory data management. I really enjoyed the experience as a learner and I wondered how we could adapt this method of knowledge transfer at SAP. I’ve worked in the educational area of SAP for many years and this new MOOC initiative was something really different and I got excited about it. I shared my enthusiasm and idea with my management and Bernd Welz was willing to try it out and see how it would be accepted in the corporate world. (Check out the recent video with the story of how openSAP began). Thomas Jung and Rich Heilman were the first experts that we invited to try out creating a course in MOOC format for SAP. And well, the rest is history! Here we are celebrating our fifth anniversary – as they say, time flies when you’re having fun!


Although I know that people like openSAP (from our surveys, ‘I like I wish’ discussion forums, and speaking to learners about openSAP), I’m always pleasantly surprised to see the positive comments in the SAP Community. Upon my regular browse through the community, I often see community members recommending openSAP courses to others, via answers to questions and in blog comments. I was especially happy to see the increased commentary within the SAP community around our course, Writing Testable Code with ABAP, over the last few weeks. For us as a team, it’s motivating to see that our work helps SAP users in the real world.

Since it’s our anniversary week, you’ve probably seen a variety of communication from us already such as:

  • 2.5 million course enrollments
  • 630,000 unique learners
  • 180,000 unique visitors per month
  • 3 Mio+ pageviews per month

So I thought I’d share some numbers with you from the last five years that we haven’t previously shared – hopefully they’re as interesting for you as they are for me!

Most enrollments in one

Number Date Event
…day 8,972 April 18, 2018 Enrollment for our first certification related course, “Prepare for your SAP HANA Certification” as well as “SAP Retail Omnichannel Commerce” and “Smart Services Welt”
…week 31,626 February 5-11, 2018 Enrollment opened for “Writing Testable Code for ABAP”, “Cloud-Native Development with SAP Cloud Platform”, “Getting Started with SAP Lumira”
…month 77,179 March 2018
…quarter 205,176 Q1 2018
…year 654,380 2017

It’s great to see that these figures are all from recent times and that people continue to come back to openSAP for further learning opportunities. For me as portfolio lead, I need to decide which topics should progress to our platform and will be beneficial for our learners. It’s good to see that learners continue to enroll to these courses and they find value in the topics we choose.

Most new users in one

Number Date Event
…day 3,179 March 10, 2014 Introduction to SAP HANA with Vishal Sikka and SAP Business Suite Powered by SAP HANA opened for enrollment
…week 8,938 April 27-May 2, 2013 Start of the first course, Introduction to Software Development on SAP HANA
…month 23,705 May 2013 Launch of openSAP!
…quarter 50,405 Q2 2016 Launch of Software Design for Non-Designers, Experience SAP Hybris Solutions, SAP Digital Boardroom in a Nutshell, SAPPHIRE Now, SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA, Sustainability Through Digital Transformation, High Availability and Disaster Recovery with the SAP HANA Platform, Developing Web Apps with SAPUI5, Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World
…year 156,769 2016

Unlike with the course enrollments, once a user registers with openSAP, they don’t repeat the process but we’re really happy to see a steady growth of new users, with an average of 400 new learners joining openSAP on a daily basis.

Top 10 courses, based on number of enrollments:

Number Enrollments Course Presenters
1 107,757 Introduction to Software Development on SAP HANA Thomas Jung, Rich Heilman
2 102,511 SAP S/4HANA in a Nutshell @bernd.leukert, Former Member, @wieland.schreiner, Jens Krüger, @rudolf.hois, Steffen von Berg, @sven.denecken
3 85,098 Introduction to SAP HANA Cloud Platform @rui.nogueira, @martingrasshoff
4 77,148 An Introduction to SAP HANA Vishal Sikka
5 76,355 Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud @bobcaswell, Yoram Friedman, Asi Messica, @david.lincourt, Oliver Graeff, Raz Korn, @virgil.suteu, @ido.shemesh
6 67,173 SAP Cloud Platform Essentials @sven.kohlhaas
7 62,676 In-Memory Data Management In a Nutshell @juergen.mueller
8 60,411 ABAP Development for SAP HANA @jasmin.gruschke, @jens.weiler
9 57,382 Implementation of SAP S/4HANA Christopher Shinner, @andreas.muno, @kim.mathaess, @elvira.wallis
10 53,279 Developing Web Apps with SAPUI5 Janina Bläsius, Christina Goebels, @michael.graf, @andreas.kunz, @thomas.marz, @thilo.seidel, Former Member, @margot.wollny


Top 5 courses (based on learners who are (very) satisfied with the course content)

Title Rating
Empathy in Motion: The Power of Employee Volunteering 99.2 %
Using SAP Screen Personas for Advanced Scenarios 99.1 %
Building Portal Sites on SAP Cloud Platform 98.8 %
Extending SAP S/4HANA with SAP HANA Cloud Platform 98.7 %
Developing Mobile Apps with SAP HANA Cloud Platform 98.6 %

I’ve had an incredible five years with openSAP and I’ve been working with a team of wonderful colleagues under the highly motivating leadership of Michaela Laemmler and sponsorship of Stefan Haenisch and Bernd Welz. I’ve enjoyed working closely with a variety of knowledgeable experts at SAP and with our learners, meeting at events such as, SAP TechEd and SAPPHIRE Now. I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has been involved with openSAP over the past five years – it’s been an absolute pleasure to be involved! Special thanks to my colleagues Claire Donelon and Nathanael Schenk for their support in putting this blog together.

Here’s to the next twenty-five years!


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  • Thank you very much openSAP team. Your service allows a huge number of people around the world to get free access to knowledge about the latest SAP technologies. And get verified certificates to confirm knowledge. My sincere gratitude to the whole team that gave us this magnificent tool for self-development.

    P.S. I received 42 certificates for the last 2 years and it would be very interesting to learn about the successes of other people. You do not plan to create a page on site with the students rating?

  • Congratulations on the success ... appreciate very much your effort ... perhaps some regular and updated statistics like the one you show today could be nice to have...

    Thank you

  • Hi Clemens,


    I am a perpetual self-starting learner and I use all kinds of online education, mainly MOOCs, including all of the most well-known options.


    With that, I want to say that OpenSAP brings us some of the best available online courses when it comes to depth and content quality. You really do an outstanding work of creating and sharing valuable knowledge!


    Congratulations on your well-deserved success and I wish many more successful years to OpenSAP!



    Kind regards,


  • Wow, I feel honoured to be a part of such an amazing initiative with an inspiring history. When I started off with MOOCs, I was concerned that I wouldn’t possess the discipline to finish what I start. Surprisingly, I ended up completing five remarkable courses on openSAP. It turned out to my favourite online learning platform because it encouraged teamwork and connected you with the instructors.