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Last week I joined over 150 professors from SAP University Alliances member schools from across the Americas gathered for the annual SAP University Alliances Summer Workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Professors were enabled through a number of boot camps described below. We launched a different format by providing several 2-day boot camp options which allowed for more choice and unique combinations for the faculty. Feedback was very positive about the 2-day session options and attracted the largest group of attendees in recent history. I provided an update to the group on current SAP University Alliances priorities and plans for the coming academic year including our SAP Next-Gen activities.

Boot Camp Offerings:

 S/4 HANA Configuration

  • Simha Magal, Grand Valley State University

This boot camp introduces participants how to configure key business processes in SAP S/4 HANA.  Processes configured include financial accounting, order to cash and procure to pay.  Special emphasis is on configuration within the Implementation Guide (IMG).

 Intro to University Alliances  

  • Tom Wilder, University of California, Chico

This two-day boot camp is designed for faculty members new to the SAP University Alliances Program. The course will cover the basics of SAP as a Company, the UA program, Hosting Centers, and how to find and use SAP curriculum in your classes. Best practices for classroom integration of materials will be covered, as well as all aspects of setting up systems and downloading support material. We will use an SAP S S/4 HANA system to show how to navigate in the SAP environment, and how to manage students that will be using the system. This course is highly recommended for all new faculty and potential faculty.

Analytics 1

  • Nancy Jones, San Diego State University

Analytics 1 boot camp covers SAP Analytics Cloud, data harmonization, data manipulation, and visualizations.

SAP Cloud Platform & SAP HANA

  • Kathie Wright, Salisbury University

Participants are introduced to SAP HANA, SAP’s in-memory database for real-time analytics and applications, and SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP’s Platform as a Service offering for developing and extending apps in the cloud.  The boot camp introduces new curriculum for teaching HANA application development using SAP UI5, both on-premise and extending into the cloud. Includes discussion on the new HANA Development Certification.

ERPsim Level 1

  • Forough Karimi-Alaghehband, HEC Montréal

The objective of this course is to prepare faculty to use ERPsim in their classrooms. Upon completion of the course, attendees will officially attain ERPsim Certified Instructor status, allowing them to use ERPsim in their classrooms.

Intro to University Alliances  

  • Tom Wilder, University of California, Chico

This two-day boot camp is designed for faculty members new to the SAP University Alliances Program. The course will cover the basics of SAP as a Company, the UA program, Hosting Centers, and how to find and use SAP curriculum in your classes. Best practices for classroom integration of materials will be covered, as well as all aspects of setting up systems and downloading support material. We will use an SAP S S/4 HANA system to show how to navigate in the SAP environment, and how to manage students that will be using the system. This course is highly recommended for all new faculty and potential faculty.

Bringing Design-Led Innovation into Your Classroom

  • Don Ginocchio, SAP and Laura Pickel, SAP

In the world of design thinking trainings for educators, there are plenty of trainings that teach how to use design thinking or how to teach design thinking, but none that help understand how to incorporate design thinking into existing curriculum, merging the academic and the real world. This boot camp was developed to fill this need for educators in any setting. We walked through an example course in order to familiarize attendees with the technique. On Day 2, we applied the process to faculty’s own curriculum. By the end of Day 2, each attendee walked out with a redesigned course, some possible co-teachers, and a community of practitioners.

Analytics 2

  • Nancy Jones, San Diego State University

Analytics 2 introduces descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive data models.

Application Development by Mendix

  • Julie Kukesh, Mendix

This Professor Classroom training hosted by SAP & Mendix helped faculty to become proficient in SAP Cloud Platform Rapid Application Development by Mendix and learn alongside other University faculty to incorporate this application development into courses using out of the box, pre-packaged curriculum, projects, presentations, and assignments.

ERPsim Level 2

  • Forough Karimi-Alaghehband, HEC Montréal

The objective of this course is to advance the scope of ERPsim knowledge for faculty who already use ERPsim in their classrooms. Upon completion of the course, attendees will be able to use all the available ERPsim scenarios, as well as a range of business analytics tools to support player decision making during simulations.

A special thanks to our hosts from the SAP University Competence Center at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, who did an outstanding job supporting professors and enabling an educational and enjoyable week for all.

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