SAP Leonardo – An Introduction to Blockchain
This free online course will explain what blockchain is, how it works, and when you should use it. You’ll start with the basics and build your blockchain knowledge one step at the time and see SAP Leonardo Blockchain applied in real-life scenarios. Please note: if you participated in “SAP Leonardo - Enabling the Intelligent Enterprise” in 2018, this is the ideal next step in continuing your SAP Leonardo journey. If you are new to the topic, this course also works as a great introduction to blockchain and SAP Leonardo’s blockchain offering.
October 17, 2018 - November 15, 2018
Language: English

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Course Summary

So, you’ve heard about blockchain but don’t really understand the hype? Don’t worry, you’re not alone here. The prominence of crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, two applications built on blockchain foundations, has significantly increased the coverage the technology receives. Unfortunately, it has also fueled a wider misunderstanding of what it is, when it can be used, and the benefits it can bring to an existing process. Do you want to step away from the confusion? If so, “An Introduction to Blockchain” can help you.
Blockchain, one of the emerging technologies offered as part of SAP Leonardo, is often explained in terms of its decentralization, it’s distributed ledgers, and its immutability. Whilst these are integral aspects of blockchain, they don’t provide the complete picture of this much talked about technology. In “An Introduction to Blockchain” we’ll move beyond the buzzwords though and offer a more detailed look into the technology’s emergence, the solutions it can provide, and its potential uses in a wide number of industries.

The course starts by addressing the difference between blockchain and crypto-currencies, and then gathers momentum with a practical example of how the technology can be used as a solution to issues faced in current business transactions. By understanding how blockchain solves real life situations, you’ll start to not only understand its key components but also see its benefits, its application, and even its weaknesses.

In addition to use cases, this course also provides a high-level look into the technology itself. Here you’ll learn about the jigsaw of existing technologies that are combined to create blockchain, many of which you’ll find in everyday use.

Whilst understanding the key terms and the technology are important, this course goes further to also allow you to identify blockchain’s value drivers, helping you to assess whether it’s a suitable solution for a project or process. This understanding of blockchain’s value is then strengthened with an explanation of SAP’s blockchain strategy and the tools that we offer. Here we investigate how blockchain can be used to create proof-of-concepts in industries such as pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and the public sector.

By offering this course we hope to demystify the topic of blockchain for you, helping you enhance your knowledge and confidence in the topic.

Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: October 17, 2018, 09:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: The course is open for 4 weeks
  • Effort: 2-3 hours in total
  • Course assignment: You can take the course assignment at any time whilst the course is open.
  • Course closure: November 15, 2018, 9:00 UTC
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

Unit 1: Overview
Unit 2: Blockchain Demystified
Unit 3: From Database to Distributed Ledger
Unit 4: Blockchain for Enterprise
Unit 5: SAP’s Blockchain Strategy
Unit 6: Course Summary and Key Learnings

Target Audience

  • Executive managers
  • IT professionals
  • Solution consultants
  • Application developers
  • Anyone interested in intelligent technologies and innovation

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Certificate Requirements


  • Gain a record of achievement by earning more than 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


Tom Beck

Tom Beck is a User Assistance Developer at the SAP Innovation Center in Potsdam, Germany. He’s responsible for the Blockchain content on the SAP Help Portal, providing user guides, best practice materials, and videos for our supported technologies.

Tom relocated to Germany from SAP UK in 2017, where he created content for both SAP Business ByDesign and SAP Anywhere.

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