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Remote working is now the normal!

Many people try to make the best out of this situation and learn and acquire new skills. Others just need to work and learn remote and virtual now for business continuity.  To support everyone we collected the below tips & helpful ressources and hope they help you.

Together with the SAP Community we enhanced those tips further. From march to June 2020 we run the mission “Remote Learning Advisor” and many SAP Community members contributed with great input. You can find them in the comments section below the blog.

 

 

Tips for remote learning & working

Place

  • Ensure the right furniture to avoid back-pain. To stand up sometimes you might put your laptop on a box or window board
  • Ensure propper equipment (Headset. Laptop) if not possible BYOD bring your own device – everyone has smartphones!
  • Connectivity, stable internet connection incl. access to company network via VPN
  • Discuss with the ones you live which spaces are used by whom for work

Health & body

  • Ensure breaks (stand up),
  • Exercise – from yoga to stepper – there are many great apps for guidance. Free e.g. and extensive is e.g. the Nike Training Team (NTC)
  • Time to relax and calm-down: practice a daily mindfulness or meditation session via guided apps – a good list is here – on Spotify you find guidance in the Genre Meditation

Values & Mindset

  • Remote learning & working needs trust in self-organization as everyone has another context (family, space, equippment etc.) and needs to organize the own productivity
  • Clear goals & tasks and regular communication help to keep on track and be motivated
  • Self discipline is important as you do not have the drivers of colleagues or managers meeting you in person- online-sessions for parallel work can help (like a virtual co-working space)
  • Respect, appreciation & empathy if others are not reachable, or work focused on their learnings/ tasks without interruption
  • Some find it helpful if they use similar clothes like at work to be more in a “work” mode

Learning Methods / LearnHacks

  • Set goals & timeslots (via your calendar) for learning.
  • Develop a learning plan on how to achieve your goals
  • Also use a daily plan e.g. via a Kanban Board with your family (joint breaks, school support etc.)
  • Break up your learning goal into many small steps & plan regular tasks to achieve it – plan it like a project
  • You can use a timer, an app or the pomodoro technique (25 min) to learn focused
  • Don´t forget to plan self-reflection & hands-on-practice
  • To focus and avoid distraction/ procrastination it might help to listen to chill-music like in brain.fm or e.g. Genre “Focus” on Spotify
  • Ensure social support like via a learning buddy, mentor or coach
  • Think of energizer tasks – e.g. find a red thing in your room and show it in the webcam, change location (e.g. outside, stand-up)
  • Document your progress – for your self e.g. in blogs, mindmaps, whiteboards, wikis, digital-notes like evernote/ one-note – also collaborative with your team and network
  • Develop routines like daily standup meeting with team, but also your family
  • Ensure to meet via video to create social interaction & emotional rapport
  • Find examples how others learn remote and learn from them
  • Retrospective in the evening or end of the week
  • Create virtual private sessions with NO work talk
  • Leverage personal productivity methods from time management or GTD (Getting Things Done)
  • A virtual LernOS Circle combines many elements (guidance, social support…) → https://cogneon.github.io/lernos-core/
  • Leverage further LearnHacks: Collection of Tips & Tricks for effective learning via the SAP Community or templates for download
  • There are already different experiences in learning from home – see e.g. the blog: Learning from home: Lessons from Speexx (a language learning company)
  • If you design Learning Experiences: here are tips for Learning Experience Design

Learning Content Sources 

Tools for Learning & Collaboration

I use Zoom for Videokonferences, Teams for collaboration & telephony, Jam & MSTeams as Enterprise social Network, Mural for Brainstorming – however check out what is best for you and your business + check out further lists if you need further guidance:

The mission to earn the “Remote Learning Advisor” badge has ended, however all further comments below are still very welcome.

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  • Some of my personal Favourites to increase my knowledge and productivity :

    • Feedly : Feedly is an online RSS / Feed-reader. I love it but obviously you have to put in some effort beforehand in setting up your desired Website resources. You can also add specific Tags from the SAP Community so you’ll get an update when new content has been added … (It has a Mobile App as well although I don’t use it.)
    • When working in IT there are a lot of good resources on the web. With regards to IT-Architecture, Dev & Engineering Culture, etc. InfoQ.com is a pretty good resource with Podcast Interviews and Presentations. For one reason or another, the Videoplayer on their Website isn’t that great (bad performance, freezing), but they have a great InfoQ-Presentations App (still in beta on Android?) which works really well on Mobile …
    • PodCasts such as the ones from the SAP Community offer an additional medium to learn new stuff while possibly engaging in another activity.
    • Twitter as a tool to connect with people from the SAP ecosystem. I feel the SAP world has a pretty solid community presence on Twitter, both individuals as official SAP channels. And you could set it up with a main (only?) focus on such Work-related resources. In that way, you can get some interesting feedback (for instance : SAP Mentors that post new information, pictures from SAP-Events or links to online Slideshows etc.). In my case, I’ve set it up to be a Work-focussed medium primarely and I even limit access from Mobile and instead use Tweetdeck to get features related to visuals and search …
    • If you want to see SAP Inside Track Presentations online, there is a community-lead effort to publish these talks on OpenSIT.net and I greatly appreciate the efforts!
    • Finally I recently discovered a SAP hosted E-Book Library on non-SAP related Topics from BookBoon, ranging from Problem Solving to introductions on specific Software Tools, topics such as Leadership, Soft Skills etc.

    I hope my additions help others in search of new Learning Resources.

    Kind regards

    Nic T.

  • Great list of pointers and tools!

    Mindmapping tools really help me organizing my thoughts and complex toppings. Check tools like Mindomo. Works from the cloud, also local.

    Secondly, a good configured screen shot tool is a must. Greenshot for example gives the option to save shots automatically in the background to a default folder or edit/highlight sections before saving.

    Lastly… take plenty of mini breaks 🙂

     

     

  • Let me repost some of it:

    • Participate in “Mokumoku-kai” online (as I’ve commented here)
    • Use a comfortable laptop tray (e.g. Traybo)
    • Soak up lots of sunlight (The sun gives me energy)

    Stay at home and take care of your health.

  • A great source for staying productive during these not so normal times of lockdown,

    As SAP consultants, We are somehow used to WFM concept and it is def part of our weekly routine.My life long advise is to have a dedicated place as office within your home and have a proper tech to stay productive.

    in SAP Ecosystem, A great initiative is that SAP opened OpenSAP courses as reactivated which can be utilized to do final assessment and get certificate of completeion

    another great initiative is SAP Next-Gen provides students knowledge, skills, methodology and technology to inspire a lifetime love of learning and the ability to impact the world.

    https://www.sap.com/about/young-thinkers.html

     

  • These are great best practices for Virtual / Remote Learning thank you!

    I am a CEE for SAP Training & Enablement and just to share, some of our actual ANZ customers have shared that the lockdown is the best time to catch up on Learning about SAP for new learners or upskilling for already seasoned SAP professionals.  What better way to stay positive but use the extra downtime to hone skills and become productive and knowing it will help you achieve business / career goals in the future?

    Reiterating some of the resources stated above, SAP offers a free platform available for learning via:

    Or Free Discovery version or paid SAP Learning Hub to access learning content around SAP products – incl. trainer-moderated learning communities, expert-led live webinars, thousands of e-learning and handbooks as well as training systems (Triallive demoWeb).

     

     

  • Great post, especially the learning resources!

    My top 3 tips:

    • Work (when possible) in a seperate room to ensure a good work-life balance.
    • Do the OpenSAP course that is on your to-do list for ages.
    • Connect and socialize with your colleagues, keeping in touch is important.

    Keep safe!

  • I’m considered an essential worker, so not doing WFH

    For those we normally see we are using Freeconferencecall.com to make group phone calls; it is free

    We still use Cisco WebEx for some meetings

    We use Skype to chat for those who are WFH

     

  • I have been working and learning remotely for a couple of years and these are some tips that work for me:

    • Make good use of your workout time by listening to podcasts or audiobooks while you walk, run or cycle. You can learn a lot by doing that.
    • You can increase tenfold your collaboration while working or learning by using Tandem’s co-working feature:https://tandem.chat/
    • For taking digital notes for yourself and your team, Notion is one of the most powerful tools: https://www.notion.so/product

    To be in an always learning mode is now more important than ever. Thomas Jenewein, thanks for the great blog post!

  • I was already used to work remotely before this whole crisis, so it was not a problem for me. The only change is that now the kids are at home, so people might hear some background noises during the calls and I also try to spend my breaks with them.

    Regarding the learning resources, SAP Press has a subscription of more than 300 publications: https://www.sap-press.com/subscriptions/

    Espresso tutorials also has an e-book library of SAP books: https://et.training/home

     

  • Bring in element of interaction with audience, to fight boredom for listeners. Use polling options like Poll Everywhere, Polly(available as add on to Microsoft Teams)

     

    Tips to make your Zoom more secure
    • don’t share the Zoom meeting link or the meeting ID on public platforms
    • don’t use the personal meeting ID; allow Zoom to create a random number for each meeting
    • set a meeting password
    • set screen sharing to “host only”
    • limit recording permissions for call participants
    • create a “waiting room” for the call, which allows the host to manually give users entry to the call
    • disable file transfer
    • disable “join before host”
    • disable “allow removed participants to rejoin”
  • In these trying times there are a number of distractions that could influence your remote learning.

    Learning from home come with a few challenges when it comes to equipment, family members and simply being around the house with all its distractions such as a pile of laundry a full dishwasher etc.

    My key enemy is the desire to keep up to date with the news and I haved found myself hitting the refresh button one time too many to see what the latest government or health authoriity update contained.

    To mitigate this I have decided to adhere to a strict schedule when it comes to news consumption. I allow myself 30 minutes in the morning to cach up on what’s happened over night and then it is off limit until a break for lunch.After lunch another blackout period until it is time to prepare dinner. This helps me focus.

    Another tip directly connected to e-learnings such as OpenSAP is to make notes throughout all videos. You might never look back at those notes, but it helps you activate more than just vision and hearing. It also creates an image of some of the key concepts that you pick up in the learning videos etc and for a lot of people this is extremely helpful.

    Finally after completing an OpenSAP course I challenge myself to try and explain the content of the course and the key takeaways in 5 minutes.If you can do that it is likely that you have actually understood the basics of the training material. If not, maybe some parts ought to be revisited.

    Best of luck in these trying times and #staysafe

  • Below are some of the resources I use for learning remotely.

    Resources
    (Type of Commitment)
    Content/Topics Payment Mode
    openSAP
    (Weekly Commitment)
    SAP Free
    SAP Learning Hub (Certification) SAP Paid
    Udemy
    (Quick/Short Courses)
    Non-SAP/SAP Paid/Free
    SAP Press
    (Reference)
    SAP Paid
    LinkedIn Learning (Quick/Short Courses) Non SAP/SAP Paid
    Simplilearn (Certification) Non-SAP Paid
    Coursera
    (Quick/Short Courses)
    Non-SAP Paid/Free
    Ui-Path
    (Milestone driven)
    Non-SAP Free

     

  • Remote work can be hard but it can be nice too.

    When the weather is beautiful and you have the chance to work outside do it! The sun will joy you up! If you are in the possession of 2 laptops, make sure you are charging the other one while you are working outside. When the “Low Battery” sign appears you go inside switch the laptops and you are good to go and continue the outside work! 😎☀️

    When the weather is bad, you work inside obviously. A good desktop, office chair and screen may reduce neck, back and eye conditions. 💺🌧️🖥️

    Wether the weather is good or bad, mute yourself during Skype, Teams, Google,… meetings while you are not the one talking. It light not look like you are making noice, but it is still possible and it can reduce the quality of the call. Changing your background during calls to awesome places or things is really nice and handy if you would like to keep your privacy high at home. When calling with customers it can be a good idea to just blur the background instead of changing them to something funny. You will know when to use which background.😉

    Use the spare time to finally catch up with OpenSAP courses, personal SAP interests, exercises, programming languages and blog posts you want to write. List them up set priorities yourself for each topic and bring them all together.

    Keep working remote and don’t forget, it can be nice too!

  • Great post with a lot of ideas!

    In my case I recommend for these days:

     

    • To work:
      • Google docs or Teams to work with documents in a shared way
      • To organize your own work and the rest of the team https://trello.com/
      • For those of you who work with Agile: https://scrumpoker.online/
      • Use Pomodoro times to take a break. Stop and walk every 50 minutes 3 o 4 minutes

     

    To start a good day, a good coffee with my cup

    And remember… put the blue filter on the screen so as not to tire your eyes (Instruction for windows 10)

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  • Wow, amazing list of tips and ideas shared here!  Thanks a lot Thomas Jenewein for this wonderful blog!

    From my side, personally I am facing our 6 week without going out of home. Although I was used to work one day per week from home, this is a very challenge situation for all of us.

    About place, we are four at home, so we have distributed our environments for everybody (wife and 2 children). We are lucky to work each one from their own pc.

    About health, I try to exercise mindfulness before starting to breakfast with my family. It helps me a lot to start the day with energy and also to focus in my tasks. We decided to avoid to listen news from social networks or tv along the day. It generated on us some stress along the day. So, only at night we see what’s happened. Some breaks along the morning before lunch also help.

    About tools, I work a lot with Teams, Outlook and Slack. Only I have added Zoom and Jitsi to some personal vc. And to learn, my favourite places are OpenSAP and SAP developers tutorials.

    Stay safe!

  • The main tip from me would be learn to utilize the SAP Community to its fullest if you are not already doing so. Consuming here and sharing here are both valid ways to learn remotely.

    If you are newer in this community and you want to know more about how to participate, I recommend taking all four SAP Community tutorials that we have available right now. (To be honest, even veteran community members will find something new to them in the tutorials.)

    As an added bonus, you’ll earn badges for completing them! (Note that the badges are not automatically assigned but are awarded on a weekly basis, so it may take a few days before you see them in your profile after you’ve completed a tutorial.)

    Here are the four tutorials:

    Tour the SAP Community
    Update and Maintain Your SAP Profile at people.sap.com
    Ask and Answer Questions on SAP Community
    Write and Publish Blog Posts on SAP Community

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  • What a wonderful blog, I bookmarked it to come back for the inspiration and ideas! I work a lot from home office (and love it!) but with the kids at home it is very difficult to keep the concentration. I use the “old school” method to note down the tasks I am working on in a paper notebook to remember what i was doing when I am suddenly interrupted by my kid or a longer phone call 🙂 I would also recommend Microsoft Todo to keep the trace on your tasks (also on your iPhone). Besides, one can also add the incoming mails to your to-dos what is quite practical.

  • Hello again,

    I should really have added in my previous comment the learning resources I’ve been making the most of during the last weeks.

    That is the SAP Cloud Platform free trial and the SAP developers tutorials.

    They’re both free, you can earn badges for the completion of missions, and are an excellent way to get started in CPI.

    Links Below:

     

    Cloud Platform Free Trial Account

    https://www.sap.com/cmp/td/sap-cloud-platform-trial.html

    SAP Developer Tutorials.

    https://developers.sap.com/tutorial-navigator.html

  • Hey y’all, thanks for the great tips, tools, and advice!

    Most of us tend to have grand ideas and goals, but lose our way in the distractions of day to day living. Today most online learning platforms offer some sort of a visual progression tracker. Look to this for motivation, a challenge or quest, and a pat on the back for what you have accomplished. I’m a big fan of OpenSAP and the collaboration efforts and attitudes of the SAP Community. Plus there are badges!

    WFH has offered some time for reflection and a re-focus on what adds value to my day to day. Setting goals for new and upgraded skills, while tracking that progress has really helped in visualizing that capability, even on an incremental level (because every little bit helps these days, right?).

    I’ve found that keeping notes/metrics, both handwritten and digital, and scheduling a time to review those notes at the end of the day/week/month gives me a chance to celebrate those wins. Celebrating even the smallest wins has led to a better sense of accomplishment and confidence.

    Take some time to breathe, stretch, focus, exercise, plan, and celebrate you and the things you’re doing.

    #connecttoevolve

  • Thank you Thomas,

    Work from Home(WFH) has been an eye opener for me.

    Usually in my city of work(Bangalore, India) I had to struggle with traffic anywhere between 2-3 hours daily. With wfh or remote working becoming the new normal, all of a sudden I have those many hours extra in life!

    On the connectivity front with the team mates, yes we really miss the fun of office chit chat and the feeling of being near and hanging out together is missing. Especially miss our Friday lunch outings.We utilize the office communicators for collaboration or an occasional ‘hi’.

    In order to bring some officialism/seriousness while working remotely, I have set up a corner of the room with almost similar setup at office(chair doesn’t roll though..).

    On the Health & body front, I go for a walk nearby in the morning or after the day shift and stay away from the temptation to eat throughout(happens when at home) and avoids a heavy lunch.

    One downside felt being that all days now feel same. Hope we can get back to normal asap.

    Thanks,

    Jakes

     

  • I’m use to work in team with Joplin.

    Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format.

    Notes exported from Evernote via .enex files can be imported into Joplin, including the formatted content (which is converted to Markdown), resources (images, attachments, etc.) and complete metadata (geolocation, updated time, created time, etc.). Plain Markdown files can also be imported.

    The notes can be synchronised with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV or the file system (for example with a network directory). When synchronising the notes, notebooks, tags and other metadata are saved to plain text files which can be easily inspected, backed up and moved around.

    The application is available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS (the terminal app also works on FreeBSD). A Web Clipper, to save web pages and screenshots from your browser, is also available for Firefox and Chrome.

    Regards

    Amaury

  • Thank you Thomas Jenewein for this wonderful blog and everyone for sharing the great tips.

    This is like a treasure of information at one place, most of the things, which I follow are already listed here and many more. WFH and restriction to stay in the house has given me an insight, I never had before.

    Below are the things I am following currently.

     

    Regards,

    Mukesh

  • Hi Thomas,

    I’m completely agreed with you. we need to follow this remote working tips to became more productive and healthier than ever.

    I focusing in these things.

    1. To wake up ealry , do yoga, have healthy meal , evening or morning walks (To became mentally and physically strong).
    2. Set up my room like office to became more active in my work.
    3. Because of covid-19 lockdown ,we got chance to spent quality time with our family to became happy and i do the same.
    4. I do learning on OpenSAP.
    5. In this days ,I came to know about Celonis-Process mining tool ,and it offered free certification exam till 15th May ,for those who enrolled it on or before 30th.April. So I have successfully cleared Data engineer certification exam in free (which cost 200 euro usually) and became certified Celonis Data Engineer.
    6. I am planning to do certification in BW4hana.

     

    ***No crisis can hold us back ***

     

    Stay home stay safe

    Best regards,

    Sagarkumar Darji

  • Hi,

    I often explore the web for good learning material/videos or tutorials. I often share the same with my team in my organization, who do not get enough hands-on experience or opportunities on latest technologies.

    Below are some of the resources I find useful :

    a. SAP Learning Hub – As mentioned above – The official source of learning SAP. I have a Professional Edition and love to browse through so many different topics. Its detailed and you need to plan and allocate you time to complete the Learning Journeys

     

    b. SAP Yard – Its a good source for quick, concise and free source of knowledge if you want to understand particular concept. Also has step by step tutorials which helps get hands-on experience and understand better.

     

    c. SAP Developers Tutorial Navigator – Excellent Hands on Development Exercises on latest technologies. You can earn badges by completing Missions.

     

    Apart from the above sources, I do follow relevant OpenSAP Courses for Completion Certificates, Watch episodes of ABAP Freak Show by Thomas Jung on YouTube just to absorb concepts and innovative ways of coding.

    Trying my best to make use of the Quarantine to upskill and stay relevant !

     

    Thanks and Regards

    Vivek

  • Thanks Thomas Jenewein  for sharing the tips.

    For me SAP SCN is main source of learning. I try to learn and explore the things from the questions asked by my fellow community friends. Try to search for the root cause on service marketplace i.e. OSS Notes or KBAs and help them to solve their issues and in a way it improves my skills as well.

    Apart from SAP BI, I explored process mining area.
    You can enroll for the courses like data engineer, business analyst on Celonis learning portal https://lms.celonis.com/ which is free of cost.
    Further you can appear for certifications as well.

    During WFH Focusing on some Ergonomics essential as well,

    – Get up an walk around periodically
    – Keep your monitor at eye height and desk at arm’s length
    – Don’t work to long on couch. Its going to strain your neck and back.

    For collaboration I think you covered almost everything.

    BlueJeans https://www.bluejeans.com/ can be used for video conferencing tool.

    I found this blog useful as well,

    https://learning.linkedin.com/blog/productivity-tips/new-to-working-remotely–these-resources-can-help

    Stay Healthy ,,,, Stay Happy 🙂

    Warm Regards,

    Bhavin Vyas

  • If you like open.sap.com and want to stay up to date with current topics that do not mainly revolve around SAP, you might also want to take a look at the other free mooc platforms that are powered by HPI:

    • openhpi.com (familiarize yourself with fundamental and current topics in ICT, computer science and IT systems engineering)
    • mooc.house (companies and institutions can offer MOOCs under their own branding)
    • lernen.cloud (teaching the teachers)
    • openwho.org (knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies)

     

  •  

    Idea is to watch at least one/many videos a day. Yes, 7 days a week.

    For Courses:

    http://open.sap.com/ – For SAP related courses

    http://udemy.com/ – For Open-source languages

    For Specific topics and Deep Dive:

    Currently, try to catch up with

    SAP Tutorials: https://developers.sap.com/tutorial-navigator.html

    Thomas Jung: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVLSTvSR7UAd87o_0qoIR4Q

    DJ Adams: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6RpkC85SLQAIntm7MkNk78ysDm3Ua8t0

    SAP HANA Academy – https://www.youtube.com/saphanaacademy

  • Thanks a Thomas Jenewein  for such a wonderful Blog!!!

    Am awestruck to see these many suggestions in comments section, most of them in-fact are new to me.

    Few Tips to work effectively:

    1. Since we all are confined to work from home we have to get into calls for most part of the discussions.  Though we may use good headsets but it can also have its own setbacks. One simple suggestion would be get into a room and try attending calls in speakers and ensure the counterpart is not facing any disturbances. This can actually do a world of good  to your ears.
    2. Now that we are working from home does not mean that we can start late and end late, stick to your actual work schedule. Proper time management for all the activities during this pressing times are very important.
    3. Do lose a single day without learning anything new, even 5 minutes of read on any new blog can do a world of good. Take one step forward everyday and when the world resumes you may be far ahead from many others.
    4. Challenge yourself certifications, You will never get times like this again. Make the maximum use of it.
    5. Last but not the least do not strain your eyes by looking into the screens for long duration, take adequate rests when needed. Drink lot of water, keep yourself fit. You never know which part of your body is getting harmed, so ensure your entire body is fine through regular workouts.

    Leraning Tips:

    Well most of the comments above just let me know that there are lot of resources out there and surely going to try few of them. Few of my favorites are:

    1. UDEMY
    2. OPEN SAP
    3. COURSERA
    4. YOUTUBE CHANNELS
    5. SCN

    Thanks for the wonderful effort! Cheers!

    Regards!

     

  • Such a great collection of helpful resources! Thank you for this blog, Thomas
    I am big Fan of OpenSAP (also a trainer there) Mural and engaging Zoom sessions 😉

    regards,

    Tatjana Borovikov

  • Hi Thomas Jenewein 

    It is a great blog on sharing learning tips and tools.

    Here are some of the tips and my ways to learn SAP applications free of cost.

    1. Enroll or access OpenSAP platform to learn new innovations from SAP – https://open.sap.com/
    2. Access to SAP Help Portal and search your favorite topic and read the documentation – https://help.sap.com/viewer/index
    3. Access to SAP Best Practice Explorer to get detailed business scenarios and the latest content from SAP S/4HAN versions (On-premise and Cloud) – https://rapid.sap.com/bp/
    4. Access to SAP Community and read the latest technologies blog posts relevant to your area and contribute efforts to answer community members questions – https://community.sap.com/
    5. Access to SAP Learning Hub Free trail – https://www.sap.com/cmp/td/sap-learning-hub.html

    Best Regards,

    Lingaiah

  • Hi Thomas, Hi Community,

    Thanks for sharing this huge list.
    Just shared the blog link with my support team.

    To learn: openSAP and Udemy.
    To work: A lot of coffee, a quiet room (not always possible due to wife, son and dog – not necessarily in this order) and Slack.

    Regards,
    Cris

  • Very interesting- thanks for sharing this information. Especially in the current time it is more important than ever to think and work flexibly, but also to learn. E.g. if you have to look after the children in the morning it is difficult to take part in a full-day training.

    Therefore I would like to add the new half-day trainings, where the course content is taught in half-day blocks (from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the mornings and from 1:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the afternoons). The half-day training’s are delivered virtually via SAP Live Class.

    Each day, participants are free to choose whether they attend the morning or afternoon session, depending on what fits better with their daily routine.

    This means that courses take longer to complete, but it also means that participants have the opportunity to attend training even if their daily business does not allow them to be absent for several days at a time.

    This training format also offers a flexible solution for part-time employees or participants who cannot travel to a training center.

    Offering in English: https://training.sap.com/content/half-day-training

    Offering in German: https://training.sap.com/content/Halbtagesschulungen

  • I use the following for remote learning:

    • Udemy: There are some SAP-related courses on Udemy, but I usually use it for other topics like Java, web development, and professional development courses.
    • StackOverflow: Answering questions have helped me confirm my knowledge or research on topics related my work (but don’t really have hands-on experience). Reading answers from others have been beneficial as well.There is also a topic / tag specific for Hybris / SAP Commerce Cloud: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/hybris
    • SAP Answers: In the past, I was somewhat active on Hybris Experts. But now, all the content / questions have moved to SAP Answers. So now, I’m trying to get used to the way SAP Answers work. It’s not quite like Hybris Experts or StackOverflow, but I’m getting the hang of it now.
    • LinkedIn: Besides my colleagues, I also follow people who are experts on the topics I work with. Sometimes, I’ll find interesting blogs / posts from them. Other times, they will share their courses / content for FREE. Recently, I got a FREE python course by Ranga Karanam (in28minutes) and another FREE AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner course by Stephane Maarek.
    • Reddit: Reddit covers a lot topics / groups, including those that may not be safe for work. However, it also has a lot of groups for different technology topics like Java, Spring, AWS, etc. It’s just a matter of looking for the right group that suits your interests.

    Another tip for Udemy is that some authors like to create their own communities. In their course, they will share the platform that they are on. Examples:

    • Discord: Andrei Neagoie (web development), Maximilian Schwarzmüller (web development)
    • Facebook: Jon Bonso (AWS), Neil Davis (AWS), Memi Lavi (Software Architecture)
    • Slack: John Thompson (Spring Guru)

    Lastly, there are already a lot of tips on learning values / mindsets / hacks. I’ll just share one more:

    • Use a Daylight White bulb, especially if you don’t have a bright room. The light helps keep you awake or focused. If your room is dim, you may find it harder to stay focused.
  • Thank you Thomas Jenewein for this cool blog and everyone who is sharing the great tips.

     

    I use or used the following remote Learning Tools in the Community.

    I use Zoom for Videokonferences and Teams for collaboration & telephony too.

     

    Regards

     

    Marco

  • What a great post! Thanks, Thomas to share so many resources.

    I noticed that virtual office software were not featured here. It would be great to mention this new king of tools that provide a visual office and collaboration features (audio room, video chat, share documents). It’s maybe the missing link between remote and office work.

    Feel free to use this resource: https://knockhq.co/virtual-office-software

    Cheers,

    Clément

    • usually i do not like promotional posts . 🙂  however in this case i think the info is interesting – as this is an interesting development. I just tried remo yesterday btw

  • Hi guys

    Something more solution specific: SAP Fieldglass. Many clients, Partners and Consultants ask me how to get to know Fieldglass better, here a list of my top 5 resources. While it might not fit into the “remote work” column at first, think about it this way: it’s more than just the tool you learn about, it is a way of work. Because using Fieldglass helps you to organize external workers (which are often also remote). From a consultant or supplier perspective, Fieldglass is the go-to tool when it comes to time and expense tracking.

    Also, you will hardly find a list this comprehensive 😉

    And, last but not least (as a bonus): The community, of course: https://blogs.sap.com/tags/67838200100800006957/

    Enjoy!

    Jutta

  • Hi Everyone,

    I hope I still make the cut since it is still the month of June. 😀

    Here are my top pic for remote learning:

    • Sign up for an e-learning platform like openSAP and LinkedIn Learning they are a good source of information about the latest technologies
    • After spending some time of self-learning, catch up with your friends and colleagues over a conference call and talk about the new things you’ve learned
    • My personal favorite, active learning and collaboration with your colleagues through developer tools like the VS Code extension for remote collaboration
    • Learn SAP Cloud Application Programming Model which is the future of Cloud Application Development for SAP. This is the most open programming model I’ve seen so far from the many I’ve been working with SAP solutions.
    • And last but not the least, make it a habit to wake up early, get a cup of coffee, and read something about what you like whether it is current events news or technology news articles.

    Cheers!~

    Jhodel