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Join this free online course to learn how to lead your company towards a digitally transformed economy and make it more resilient, profitable, and sustainable.

Self-paced since February 24, 2021
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

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Course Summary

Since our first openSAP course on digital transformation and its impact in 2015, the world has changed even more than we could have imagined. Many businesses have already started their journey towards a digitally transformed economy, while others are just starting out. There are many catalysts of change which challenge companies to reconsider their traditional business models, and in 2020 there are even more than expected.

Given the unprecedented pace of change we’ve experienced in the last 5 years, we’d like to share the latest trends, industry examples, predictions, and best practices with you.

This nutshell course will give you food for thought on how you can make your company more resilient, profitable, and sustainable. After sharing the bigger picture of the digitally transformed economy, we’ll focus on “drivers of change” that accelerate business transformation and then discuss the “value lever model”, which helps to identify and optimize areas that make your business more profitable.

Sven Denecken and Bert Schulze will once again be your hosts, joined by Corina Kinzel from SAP and Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz, Director at the QUT University (Brisbane Australia), who will share his perspective on the economy of algorithms and the characteristics of resilient businesses. Also presenting the course is Jan Waals from Deloitte LLP, a recognized global leader in digital transformation, who will share first-hand customer experiences with you.

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Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: January 26, 2021, 9:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: The course is open for 4 weeks
  • Effort: 3-5 hours in total
  • Course assignment: You can take the course assignment at any time whilst the course is open.
  • Course closure: February 24, 2021, 9:00 UTC
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

Unit 1: The Transformed Economy Today
Unit 2: The Shift Towards an Economy of Algorithms
Unit 3: The Resilient Enterprise: Customer Centricity
Unit 4: The Resilient Enterprise: External Factors
Unit 5: The Resilient Enterprise: Collaboration, Innovation, and Technology
Unit 6: The Profitable Enterprise: Efficiency and Effectiveness
Unit 7: The Profitable Enterprise: Agility and Experience
Unit 8: Achieving Resilience with the Intelligent Enterprise
Unit 9: Achieving Profitability and Sustainability with the Intelligent Enterprise
Unit 10: Final Recap and Wrap-Up
Bonus Unit 11: A Look into the Crystal Ball - Part 1
Bonus Unit 12: A Look into the Crystal Ball - Part 2

Unit 2 is offered by Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz, director at the QUT University. Unit 8 and 9 are created in cooperation with Jan Waals from Deloitte Consulting.

Target Audience

  • Line-of-business leaders and IT professionals
  • Anyone interested in digital transformation

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Simon Zhang

Simon Zhang

Simon Zhang is a project manager and content expert for digital transformation and has been with SAP for over 12 years.
He currently manages digital transformation and customer co-innovation projects.
Simon joined the SAP S/4HANA Product Management Team in 2016 after working for several years as a consultant, where he gathered vast experience in global SAP ERP implementation projects.

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Course End
Feb 24, 2021
Course Start
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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

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Sven Denecken

Sven Denecken holds the role of COO for SAP S/4HANA and also heads the P&I SAP S/4HANA Product Success, Co-Innovation & Content team. In this role, Sven ensures the SAP S/4HANA product portfolio is aligned with market and customer requirements and drives thought leadership. ​

Sven’s many years of experience working with customers and partners together with an extensive network that includes the SAP field organization and industry analysts, enable the SAP S/4HANA development teams to respond quickly to changing markets to ultimately provide a solution that helps customers gain a competitive advantage.​

​In co-innovation projects with customers, Sven and his team discover key trends and next practices in the use of new technologies to assure the evolution of both the product and content. ​

As a member of SAP’s executive leadership, cooperating closely with the respective teams, Sven supports the strategy of SAP’s solutions and its alignment with customers, SAP’s field organization, and the ecosystem.

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Bert Schulze

Bert Schulze is a vice president and senior member of the SAP S/4HANA Product Management team, where he drives co-innovation and product content with customers and partners for SAP’s flagship product, SAP S/4HANA. Bert also oversees SAP S/4HANA customer care expert programs.

In his role, he closely cooperates with customers and partners as well as analysts to assess market requirements and interweave with the SAP S/4HANA strategy and portfolio. Bert’s broad experience working with clients in different roles including head of product management, cloud strategist, business developer, and head of international sales teams help him to analyze and transfer market and client demand directly into product success.

Bert started his professional career in a start-up, where he took responsibility for product engineering, customer projects success, and customer enablement.

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Corina Kinzel

Corina Kinzel is a product manager and part of the SAP S/4HANA Product Success, Co-Innovation & Content team. ​

She drives end-to-end internal, partner, and customer enablement with user-centric content across different formats such as blogs, videos on YouTube, webinars as part of the quarterly SAP S/4HANA Cloud Early Release Series, and the "Inside SAP S/4HANA" podcast. ​

To accelerate SAP S/4HANA adoption and help SAP customers become an Intelligent Enterprise, Corina works with product and technical experts to create product enablement content. In her role, she focuses on enterprise portfolio and project management, where she drives awareness both internally and externally.

Learn more about SAP S/4HANA Enablement and follow Corina on SAP Community | Twitter |and LinkedIn.

Marek Kowalkiewicz

Marek Kowalkiewicz is a professor at Queensland University of Technology, focusing on digital disruption.​

Marek helps organizations understand the impact of digital disruption and capitalize on the opportunities it brings.​

As director of Centre for the Digital Economy, he leads QUT’s research agenda to inform and influence a robust digital economy in Australia.​

Marek has worked on digital transformation projects in China, Singapore, USA, and Australia.​

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Jan Waals

Jan Waals is the SAP global chief commercial officer and lead alliance partner at Deloitte Consulting. He is responsible for Deloitte’s efforts in building up the SAP S/4HANA capability across the world. Jan has over 25 years of consulting experience and has been with the firm since 1994. He is known for global implementations for companies that are headquartered in the US, Europe, and Asia. ​

As a leader in Deloitte’s global SAP practice, Jan plays a role as an official quality advisor for several of the firm’s largest projects across several industries (TMT, LS, and O&G). As global business leader for the SAP market offerings, he is responsible for developing and executing Deloitte’s SAP strategy. ​