This updated and expanded course explains how best practices, proven methodologies, and pre-configured content make adopting SAP innovations simple and predictable. Whether you are an SAP customer or an SAP partner, you can leverage SAP Rapid Deployment solutions (RDS) and SAP Best Practices to lower the complexity of your projects, and hence project risks, while accelerating time to value. Additionally, if you work for an SAP partner and complete the course successfully, this will count towards obtaining an RDS qualification for your company.
Self-paced
Language: English

Course information


Course summary

SAP focuses on continuous solution innovation, be it with cloud and hybrid solutions for HCM and SuccessFactors, User Experience with SAP Fiori and Screen Personas, SAP HANA, Big Data and Analytics, or Customer Engagement & Commerce.

As an SAP customer or partner, if you feel challenged by the abundance of recent SAP innovations and want a simple approach to enable you to understand and implement the ones you really need, then this course is made for you.

Learn how to quickly adopt key innovations in SAP solutions and technologies. Understand how best practices, proven methodologies, and pre-configured content make adopting innovations simple and predictable. Embrace SAP Rapid Deployment solutions (RDS) and SAP Best Practices for implementing the innovations you want to adopt, as they help you to lower the complexity of your projects, and hence project risks, while accelerating time to value. Whether you are an SAP customer or an SAP partner, you can leverage rapid-deployment solutions for your implementations. Additionally, if you work for an SAP partner and complete this course successfully, it counts towards obtaining an RDS qualification for your company.

In the first week of this 5-week course you will learn the basics of SAP Rapid Deployment solutions, how to successfully adopt them, as well as understand the key concepts and tools.

In weeks two and three, you can select one or more strategic solution domains to get a deep understanding of the portfolio and the most prominent solutions. We feature the following solution domains:

  • Quick Adoption of SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA,
  • SAP HANA,
  • Big Data,
  • SAP User Experience with SAP Fiori and Screen Personas,
  • Customer Engagement & Commerce, and
  • Human Capital Management with SAP and SuccessFactors.

In the final two weeks of the course, you will learn how to deploy an SAP Rapid Deployment solution end to end.

Throughout the course your feedback and your ideas are appreciated in “Point of View” discussions.

Course Characteristics

Course Content

  • Week 1: Introduction to RDS Implementation
  • Week 2-3: Solution Domain Overviews (Select one or more of the following solution domains *)
    • Week 2A: SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA
    • Week 2B: Customer Engagement and Commerce
    • Week 2C: SAP HANA
    • Week 2D: SAP User Experience
    • Week 2E: SAP HCM and SuccessFactors HCM Suite
    • Week 2F: Big Data
  • Week 4: E2E Case Study: From Installation to Activation
  • Week 5: E2E Case Study: From Activation to Go-Live

* Week 2 content will be open for 2 weeks.

Target Audience

  • Application and technical consultants/staff
  • Pre-sales, sales, project management, and delivery management staff
  • SAP partners, customers, and internal employees
  • Anyone involved in or interested in the rapid deployment of SAP solutions and/or SAP Best Practices

Course Requirements

  • Basic SAP skills

Development Systems

This course will not require access to a development system.

About the Instructors

Bob Caswell

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Bob Caswell is a product owner in the SAP Solution and Knowledge Packaging team in Palo Alto, focusing on User Experience rapid-deployment solutions including solutions for SAP Fiori, SAP Screen Personas, and SAP NetWeaver Business Client.

You can contact Bob at: bob.caswell@sap.com
Twitter: @bobcaswell

Christian Tiemann

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Christian Tiemann is a director of ERP Solutions at SAP SE, focusing on ERP-related positioning and go-to-market activities.

His special focus is on SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA and SAP ERP Foundation Extension, a preconfigured and extended ERP solution bundle, which can be easily deployed on-premise or in the cloud.

You can contact Christian at: http://de.linkedin.com/in/christiantiemann

Dirk Recktenwald

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Dirk Recktenwald is a director at LoB Customer Packages, focusing on the development of best-practice packages around SAP Cloud for Customer.

Manfred Stein

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Manfred Stein is a product manager in Cloud & Lifecycle Management, focusing on SAP Cloud Appliance Library. He established the concept of SAP software appliances, facilitating cloud-ready deployment of SAP on-premise products.

He actively supports various SAP development teams and the openSAP team in making their systems available in the cloud or as downloadable technical previews.

Marian Harris

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Marian Harris is a director in the SAP Solution and Knowledge Packaging team in Palo Alto, focusing on the enablement of customers and partners on how best to use packaged SAP solutions in their projects.

You can contact Marian at: Marian.Harris@sap.com

Mark Kleber

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Mark Kleber is a product expert in Solution and Knowledge Packaging, focusing on onboarding developers, customers, and partners to SAP Customer LoB solution packages known as SAP Best Practices (BAiO/RDS).

Miklos Szorenyi

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Miklos Szorenyi is an SAP Field Enablement program manager, specializing in SAP HANA.

Miklos works for the SAP Solution and Knowledge Packaging organization, where he is responsible for various educational and training programs in the area of analytics solutions from SAP and SAP HANA rapid-deployment solutions.

Scott Bulloch

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Scott Bulloch is a senior information developer with the Solution and Knowledge Packaging group, focusing on SAP Best Practices and SAP Rapid Deployment solutions.

Scott is a mentor/buddy in SAP’s Autism at Work program. He has developed and edited online training (including voice-over work) and eBooks.

Rainer Faulstich
Package Owner, Solution and Knowledge Packaging
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Julia Sheyanova
Senior Support Engineer, SAP Active Global Support

Christopher Shinner
Solution Expert, Solution and Knowledge Packaging

About further Content Experts

Xiaohua Wang

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Xiaohua Wang is a product expert and is currently the package owner of the preassembled rapid-deployment solution for SAP ERP Foundation Extension.

You can contact Xiaohua at: Xiaohua.wang@sap.com

Donatella Cechet

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Donatella Cechet is a product expert and is currently working as a fellow in the SaKP P1 Business Analytics Packages team. Before this, she worked as a localization product manager at Globalization Services, focusing on Financials localization topics and customer enablement.

Donatella has 15 years of experience in the software industry, including consulting and product management.

Ingrid van Skyhawk

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Ingrid van Skyhawk is a solution expert in the SaKP FIN, EPM, GRC Package Build team, focusing on best practices and RDS ERP packaged solutions, and specializing in RDS content management in SAP Solution Manager.

She is also an expert in financial reporting and analytical management dashboards.

Kenneth Jorgensen

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Kenneth Jorgensen is a solution expert in the Database & Technologies area, an area with extensive partner activities and collaboration.

He is also a very experienced program manager, and has successfully managed transformation programs for both large SAP customers and internally at SAP for the past 10 years.

Ulrich Hauke

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Ulrich Hauke is currently a Product Manager, Solution Assembly and Packaging, focusing on RDS implementation enablement for everyone.

He is responsible for the storyline, coordination and content development of weeks 4 and 5 as well as for the introduction units 1.4 and 1.5

Previous Version of This Course:

Previous version of this course is available here:

Rapid Deployment of SAP Solutions (May14 through June 18, 2014)

Course contents


  • Week 1:

    Introduction to RDS Implementation
  • Week 2-3:

    Solution Domain Overviews (Select one or more of the following solution domains)
  • Week 2A:

    SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA
  • Week 2B:

    Customer Engagement and Commerce
  • Week 2C:

    SAP HANA
  • Week 2D:

    SAP User Experience
  • Week 2E:

    SAP HCM and SuccessFactors HCM Suite
  • Week 2F:

    Big Data
  • Week 4:

    E2E Case Study: From Installation to Activation
  • Week 5:

    E2E Case Study: From Activation to Go-Live
  • I Like, I Wish:

    We Love Your Feedback … And Want More
  • Good luck!

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This course was held from Jan 27, 2015 through Mar 03, 2015.

10413 learners enrolled.

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  • A record of achievement is issued to those who have earned more than 50% of the maximum number of points for the sum of all graded assignments. Find out more in the certificate guidelines.
  • A confirmation of participation is issued to those who have completed at least 50% of the course material. Find out more in the certificate guidelines.
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