Implementing SAP S/4HANA Cloud with SAP Central Business Configuration

Join this free online course to learn about SAP Central Business Configuration and how it supports the implementation of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

This course was retired in October 2022.

Please note: There is a more recent version of this course: Leveraging SAP S/4HANA Cloud with SAP Central Business Configuration.

Self-paced since June 24, 2021
Language: English

Course information

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This course was retired in October 2022.

Course Summary

SAP Central Business Configuration is a new tool that will make it possible to configure a business process spanning different SAP solutions from one central place. SAP Central Business Configuration supports the configuration of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, but aims at seamless implementation of end-to-end business processes across SAP’s entire Intelligent Enterprise Suite. Every new SAP S/4HANA Cloud customer uses SAP Central Business Configuration for their implementation.

In this course, you’ll learn about the capabilities of SAP Central Business Configuration, the customer value it brings, the key features it includes, and how it supports the implementation of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud is the first solution supported by SAP Central Business Configuration. You’ll learn how SAP Central Business Configuration aims to reduce configuration efforts, increase flexibility, speed up company rollouts, and support partner extensions. You’ll also learn about key features such as Project Experience and scoping, the setup of the organizational structure, and configuration activities. These key features guide users through all the necessary steps to manage their projects, decide which business processes should be in scope, set up the organizational structure of their company, or configure their business processes.

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Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: May 5, 2021, 09:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: The course is open for 7 weeks
  • Effort: 4-6 hours in total
  • Course assignment: You can take the course assignment at any time whilst the course is open.
  • Course closure: June 24, 2021, 9:00 UTC
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

Unit 1: Vision and Customer Value
Unit 2: The New Implementation Experience for SAP S/4HANA Cloud
Unit 3: System Landscape and Conversion for Existing Cloud Customers
Unit 4: Project Experience
Unit 5: Scoping
Unit 6: Organizational Management and Finalization of the Explore Phase
Unit 7: Configuration in the Realize and Deploy Phases
Unit 8: User Assistance Within SAP Central Business Configuration
Unit 9: User Experience Within SAP Central Business Configuration
Unit 10: SAP Cloud ALM
Unit 11: Recap and Future Outlook

Target Audience

  • Project managers
  • Implementation consultants
  • Key users
  • Architects

Course Requirements

General understanding of customer implementations of SAP S/4HANA Cloud and the SAP Activate methodology.

About Further Content Experts

Artur Luefing

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Artur Luefing is a senior product specialist for enablement of the Project Experience application in SAP Central Business Configuration.

In his role as project lead, Artur organizes and coordinates knowledge sharing activities. He drives internal training, content and project management.

In his previous roles for SAP, as co-project lead and content developer, Artur drove SAP S/4HANA Cloud and on-premise content creation.

Christoph Köble

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Christoph Köble is a product expert for the Project Experience of SAP Central Business Configuration.

He has been with SAP for over 22 years and has held various roles in support, development, consultancy, solution and product management in industry financial services, and several cross areas.

Within SAP Central Business Configuration, he is topic product owner of User and Project Experience.

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Course End
Jun 24, 2021
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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.
  • Gain an Open Badge by completing the course.

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This course is offered by

Amit Gupta

Amit Gupta is the product owner of the organizational structure topic within SAP Central Business Configuration, and is responsible for designing and developing a consistent experience for customers.

In addition to this, Amit has led support teams to resolve business and time-critical issues with SAP’s biggest customers. In previous roles, he provided consultancy and development services for SAP’s fashion solutions.

Andrea Montgomery

Andrea Montgomery is a product expert in SAP Central Business Configuration, focusing on user assistance for customers and also for internal users of SAP Central Business Configuration.

Andrea designed, wrote, and edited technical documentation and roll-out material for SAP for many years before developing business content for SAP Best Practices.

Andrej Bencik

Andrej Bencik is a senior user experience design specialist in SAP Cloud SME Solutions & Content. His focus is on improving the user experience and UI in SAP Central Business Configuration.

Andrej is also a trainer for the SAP Design Eye Opener classroom workshop and cooperates with Slovak Technical University on UX workshops.

Axel Kuehl

Axel Kühl is a product expert for the Project Experience in SAP Central Business Configuration. He has been with SAP for 20 years and has held various roles in development and product management.

Previously, Axel focused on defining and improving the system delivery process for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, including lifecycle events like update and upgrade. In a customer environment, this delivery process is tested as an end-to-end interaction between product, operations, and lifecycle processes.

Christoph Hergenroeder

Christoph Hergenröder is a product expert for the consumption experience in SAP Central Business Configuration. He has worked as a consultant for SAP for nearly 10 years and has held various roles in financial planning and consolidation projects for large customers such as Daimler AG, Bosch, Nestlé, Lidl, and E.ON.

For two years, Christoph has been working as a product manager focusing on configuration. Within SAP Central Business Configuration, he is product owner of the Scoping and Shopping Experience topics.

Fabian Ackermann

Fabian Ackermann works in product management for SAP Central Business Configuration and is in charge of enabling users to work in Project Experience.

He acts as an instructor for openSAP courses and further training sessions, and drives internal communication together with content and project management. Fabian also leads the how-to video production for SAP Central Business Configuration and acts as stakeholder manager.

Meltem Kahraman

Meltem Kahraman is product owner of primary finance settings and configuration for the consumption experience in SAP Central Business Configuration.

She has been with SAP for more than 13 years, working in various roles in consulting, development, and quality and product management.

Michael Klöffer

Michael Klöffer is chief product owner for the CXS Build market and in charge of the strategy, definition, and rollout of SAP Solution Manager, Focused Build, and SAP Cloud ALM.​

After completing his studies in computer science, Michael joined SAP in 2003 as a product manager for what later became SAP Business ByDesign. He joined Active Global Support in 2007, working on SAP Solution Manager, and contributed considerably to the SolMan_Setup, the overall ITSM strategy, and the birth of Focused Build for SAP Solution Manager.​

Rosemaria Giesecke

Rosemaria Giesecke is vice president within the CBC Product Management area at SAP SE.

In her role, Rosemaria leads a team that drives the definition and constant optimization of SAP Central Business Configuration, including the respective rollout.

Dr. Stefan Kaetker

Dr. Stefan Kätker is senior vice president and head of SAP Central Business Configuration at SAP SE.

In this role, Stefan leads the efforts to simplify business configuration in the context of the Intelligent Enterprise Suite. SAP Central Business Configuration focuses on the streamlined and simplified experience to get customers live with multiple cloud solutions from SAP as part of the Intelligent Enterprise Suite, with low total cost of ownership (TCO) and rapid time to value.

Torsten Vorfelder

Torsten Vorfelder is a development manager and leads the Solution Onboarding Enablement team in SAP Central Business Configuration. In addition, he leads best practices development for the Marketing Cloud team.

Torsten has been with SAP for more than 20 years and has held various roles in solution and product management and best practices development.

In his previous role, Torsten drove best practices development for SAP Customer Experience, Digital Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, and several Industries.