Introduction to SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer

Join this free online course to learn about the architecture and planning capabilities that SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer offers to model the four key areas of business, data, landscape, and requirements together in a single solution.

This course was retired in October 2023.

Self-paced since October 31, 2018
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information


This course was retired in October 2023.

Course Summary

Enterprise architecture is more important than ever in today’s dynamic business environment to provide a blueprint for executing digital transformation. By building an enterprise architecture, organizations can deliver a common knowledge base of easy-to-consume documentation that explains the relationships between the business and technical guiding principles and structures with which to develop a plan of action for change to drive growth.

In today’s world, it is a challenge for most customers to gain a cohesive business and system view of the enterprise.

SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer provides a single solution for you to create, document, and integrate the organization’s business, data, landscape, and requirements models to design and plan how to achieve this heterogeneous cohesive view.

This course starts with an introduction to the tool itself. After explaining the use of the tool with user/group rights, import, export, and common functions such as repository browsing, we’ll look at the 3 main functional areas. The second week will cover business modeling with business capability and BPMN models, including support for SAP Solution Manager. In the third week, we’ll discuss information modeling. This covers conceptual data models and 2 different SAP HANA styles, with Data Definition Language (DDL) as well as SAP HANA Deployment Infrastructure (HDI). We’ll also briefly touch on data warehousing foundation (DWF) support, data movement models, and other databases like Oracle, DB2, and MS SQL. The last week will cover enterprise architecture, with landscape and location models.

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Course Characteristics

Course Content

  • Week 1: Overview of SAP EA Designer
  • Week 2: Business Architecture
  • Week 3: Information Architecture
  • Week 4: Landscape and System Architecture
  • Week 5: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • Business architects, subject matter experts, and process owners
  • Technology, application, system, and landscape architects
  • Data architects, data warehouse architects, data integration architects
  • Enterprise architects and requirements managers

Course Requirements

Basic understanding of one of the following areas:

  • Requirements management
  • Enterprise architecture
  • Business process architecture
  • Data architecture
  • Landscape (application, system) architecture

Training System and Hands-on Exercises

If your primary interest in taking this course is getting an overview of SAP Enterprise Architecture Designer, you do not need access to a training system. However, we realize that many of you will be interested in completing the hands-on exercises based on the instructions in the course. We’ll therefore provide the necessary instructions and installation procedures in the respective units.

Course contents

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  • Week 1:

    Overview of SAP EA Designer
  • Week 2:

    Business Architecture
  • Week 3:

    Information Architecture
  • Week 4:

    Landscape and System Architecture
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  • Final Exam:

    Good Luck!
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Course End
Oct 31, 2018
Course Start
Sep 25, 2018


This course was rated with 4.09 stars in average from 430 votes.

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.

This course is offered by

Volker Saggau

Volker Saggau is a product manager in the SAP HANA Development group. He works on databases and application development. With SAP HANA Cloud, his focus is on SAP HANA Deployment Infrastructure and SAP Business Application Studio application development. Prior to this, Volker worked on Sybase and banking at SAP.

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Axel Meier

Axel Meier is a senior director for Big Data Warehousing, focusing on global strategy and go-to-market. He is responsible for shaping and enabling the solutions required to build and run the SAP Big Data Warehouse / SAP SQL Data Warehousing solution, including data lifecycle management for SAP HANA (both on-premise and cloud) based on the SAP HANA Data Management Suite (HDMS).

Axel is a frequent speaker at SAP TechEd and SAPPHIRE NOW conferences, and also shares his knowledge on some SAP HANA Academy Data Warehousing Foundation channel recordings.

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Matt Creason

Matt Creason is a product manager for SAP Enterprise Architecture Tooling, focusing on the SAP PowerDesigner and SAP Enterprise Architecture product lines. He works to provide simple, heterogenous enterprise architecture tools with integration to SAP solutions, to streamline and provide visibility from strategy to execution.

Matt has 20 years of experience in application development, database design, and enterprise architecture. His employers and clients include Fortune 500 companies and federal, state, and local governments. He is the author of many articles for industry publications and a frequent speaker at SAP TechEd and SAPPHIRE NOW conferences.

Andreas Poth

Andreas Poth is a chief expert within the SAP Industry & Customer Development organization. 

In his role as lead for the Industry Reference Architecture, he drives the creation and linkage of industry-tailored business and solution architecture reference content. Andreas trains and coaches SAP presales enterprise architects and consultants in various customer engagements.