Enroll now! Big Data with SAP Vora - Engines and Tools


Dear openSAP Community,

SAP Vora is returning to openSAP and it has lost the “HANA” from its name! That’s not all that’s new though – this year’s course will focus more on data analysis.

Big Data with SAP Vora: Engines and Tools dives deeper into the SAP Vora tools and new distributed analysis engines released in SAP Vora 1.4 for performing relational queries, time series, graph, document database analysis, and disk store. Big Data with SAP Vora: Engines and Tools starts on openSAP from September 6 and runs over a four-week period. You will have the chance to get hands-on experience with our exercises. Sign up today!

It’s an exciting time with so many innovative technologies to provide opportunities for your business to go digital; we have a range of courses to help you keep up to speed with the latest and greatest. Look at what’s on offer in the coming weeks at openSAP!

Upcoming courses

Liquid Legal: Transforming an Industry
Reimagining the Future: A Journey Through the Looking Glass
Touch IoT with SAP Leonardo
How to Best Leverage SAP S/4HANA Cloud for Your Company
Developing Software Using Design Thinking (Edition Q2/2017)
Copywriting: Improve User Experience One Word at a Time

Currently running courses

Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP Cloud Platform* (Update Q1/2017)
The Impact of Digitization on Leadership and Work
Spatial Analysis with SAP HANA Platform
Building Portal Sites on SAP Cloud Platform
Designing Business Models for the Digital Economy (Edition Q2/2017)
Bereit für die Digitalisierung? Digitales Talent Management

If you’re headed to SAPPHIRE Now, have a great week of fun and innovation in Orlando!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Improve Your UX with Text and Design Thinking!


Dear openSAP Community,

User experience and design are important elements of software development and openSAP has been delivering a variety of courses by SAP’s design experts to help you improve the overall experience for your end users. We have two design courses now open for enrollment – Copywriting: Improve User Experience One Word at a Time is new to openSAP and Developing Software Using Design Thinking (Edition Q2/2017) returns this June.

Copywriting: Improve User Experience One Word at a Time
The words that you use throughout your app or site are just as important as its interaction and visual design. But the words – or copy – are often an afterthought. All too frequently we use words like “Submit” and “Cancel” on our UIs as if we’re talking to a computer and not a human. We need to bring a personal touch to the words on the screen. This course explains why it’s vital to think about the words as part of your design. You’ll get practical advice on how to write effective and compelling copy that will delight your users, with examples brought to you by Bill Beard, branding consultant and copywriter, and the SAP User Assistance (UA) and UX Design teams. The course begins June 19 and enrollment is now open.

Developing Software Using Design Thinking
If you joined this course in Q1 but didn’t have the chance to take part in the group work, you’ve now got a second chance to apply. Everyone is welcome to enroll and join this course to explore design thinking. To earn a Record of Achievement for Developing Software Using Design Thinking, you will need to take part in the group work, collaborating with your peers in a virtual environment. There is a limited number of spaces available so please ensure that you can commit the required time. The course begins from June 13 and enrollment is now open. You can apply for the group work during week 1 (starting June 13).

Current and upcoming openSAP Enterprise MOOCs
Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP Cloud Platform* (Update Q1/2017) (Optional hands-on exercises)
SAP Solution Manager for SAP S/4HANA Implementation in a Nutshell
Spatial Analysis with SAP HANA Platform (Optional hands-on exercises)
Building Portal Sites on SAP Cloud Platform (Optional hands-on exercises)
Designing Business Models for the Digital Economy (Edition Q2/2017)
Bereit für die Digitalisierung? Digitales Talent Management
Touch IoT with SAP Leonardo
How to Best Leverage SAP S/4HANA Cloud for Your Company

Current and upcoming openSAP Thought Leader MOOCs (Non-SAP content)
The Impact of Digitization on Leadership and Work
Liquid Legal: Transforming an Industry
Reimagining the Future: A Journey Through the Looking Glass

Don’t forget, if you missed any of our previous courses, all content remains available on our platform.

See you soon on an openSAP course!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Sign up! Learn about SAP S/4HANA Cloud and IoT with SAP Leonardo


Dear openSAP Community,

Enrollment has just opened for two new courses starting June 7 at openSAP! The courses may be new but if you’re a regular at openSAP, you might see some familiar faces. Sven Denecken and Bert Schulze return to focus on SAP S/4HANA Cloud, while Bob Caswell and team encourage you to touch IoT with SAP Leonardo.

How to Best Leverage SAP S/4HANA Cloud for Your Company
This openSAP course is designed to show you how SAP S/4HANA Cloud can enable your company to realize its full potential and thrive in the digital economy. You’ll learn how to increase the efficiency of your business processes with increased transparency, automation, and instant insight to action. The course includes a case-study demonstrating the complete onboarding of a company to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, including the technical layers. How to Best Leverage SAP S/4HANA Cloud for Your Company will provide you with everything you need for your SAP S/4HANA Cloud project, spanning from planning and onboarding to ongoing upgrades and operations in the cloud.

Touch IoT with SAP Leonardo
This is a follow-up to the 2016 course Imagine IoT. The course focuses on the latest IoT trends shaping our lives, including related topics such as drones, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, and user experience implications for IoT. During the course, you will get the chance to “touch” IoT directly. Every participant will have the chance to connect and try out SAP Connected Goods, a new SAP Leonardo IoT solution that makes it easy to connect and monitor sensor-equipped products. Touch IoT with SAP Leonardo includes a “prototype challenge” where you can submit your work, receive peer feedback, vote on your favorite prototypes submitted, and have a chance to win prizes!

Enrollment is now open for both courses and don’t forget to spread the word – both courses start June 7!

Current and upcoming openSAP Enterprise MOOCs

Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP Cloud Platform (Update Q1/2017)* (Optional hands-on exercises)
SAP Solution Manager for SAP S/4HANA Implementation in a Nutshell
Spatial Analysis with SAP HANA Platform (Optional hands-on exercises)
Building Portal Sites on SAP Cloud Platform (Optional hands-on exercises)
Designing Business Models for the Digital Economy (Edition Q2/2017)
Bereit für die Digitalisierung? Digitales Talent Management (German language only)

Current and upcoming openSAP Thought Leader MOOCs (Non-SAP content)

The Impact of Digitization on Leadership and Work
Liquid Legal: Transforming an Industry
Reimagining the Future: A Journey Through the Looking Glass

Don’t forget, if you missed any of our previous courses, all content remains available on our platform.

See you soon on an openSAP course!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Get Hands-on Experience with SAP HANA and SAP Cloud Platform


Dear openSAP community,

Next week sees the start of two new courses with a chance for you to get hands-on development experience.

Spatial Analysis with SAP HANA Platform
This course starts with a general introduction to spatial analysis, manipulating spatial data and using spatial content and services. With this course, you’ll learn about geocoding, converting business data into geographic locations to enable geographic analysis, and much more. You’ll get hands-on experience throughout the course with a look at the architecture of spatial applications and how to build them.

Building Portal Sites on SAP Cloud Platform
This course covers all the essentials of building portal sites, starting with why we need a portal, how to build a site following the SAP Fiori design language, or using a freestyle design, as well as how to productize your site with branding, translations, and Single Sign-on. You’ll have the chance to get hands-on experience with your free trial account on SAP Cloud Platform.

Both courses start Tuesday, April 25 and are now open for enrollment. Sign up today and don’t miss out!

Current and upcoming openSAP courses
Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP Cloud Platform* (Update Q1/2017)
SAP Solution Manager for SAP S/4HANA Implementation in a Nutshell
Designing Business Models for the Digital Economy (Edition Q2/2017)

Upcoming openSAP Thought Leaders Courses
The Impact of Digitization on Leadership and Work
Liquid Legal: Transforming an Industry
Reimagining the Future: A Journey Through the Looking Glass

Happy learning!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Enroll Today! Reimagining the Future: A Journey Through the Looking Glass


Dear openSAP community,

The next instalment of our openSAP Thought Leaders series is now open for enrollment. This time, we are welcoming Frank Diana, futurist and thought leader, from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to deliver the course, Reimagining the Future: A Journey Through the Looking Glass and enrollment is now open.

Reimagining the Future: A Journey Through the Looking Glass starts from May 23 and will explore questions such as what will the future look like? How will structures, industries, value, ethics, and business strategies be impacted? How should you prepare your business to remain viable in the future? The course will also discuss why we can no longer predict the future, but instead must rehearse it, as we prepare to address its opportunities and challenges.

Frank Diana is the lead instructor for this course and he will be joined by several futurists and business leaders, including:

  • Chunka Mui, Managing Director at The Devil’s Advocate Group
  • Michele Cunningham, SVP Products and Services at Element Fleet Management
  • Gerd Leonhard, Futurist, Author, Speaker, and CEO of The Futures Agency
  • Gray Scott, Futurist, Emerging Technology Expert, Founder and CEO of SeriousWonder.
  • Bonnie D. Graham, Creator/Talk Radio Producer and Host of SAP Game-Changers Radio
  • Hassan el Bouhali, CIO at Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP)
  • K Ananth Krishnan, EVP and Chief Technology Officer at Tata Consultancy Services

This openSAP Thought Leaders course is aimed at business and technology leaders, future leaders, senior managers, and TCS associates.

openSAP course in German
Enrollment is now open for a new course, Bereit für die Digitalisierung? Digitales Talent Management, only available in German language. The course looks at the impact of digital transformation on the process of attracting, developing, and retaining employees. This course is aimed at business executives and HR colleagues. Bereit für die Digitalisierung? Digitales Talent Management is brought to you by University of Mannheim, Mannheim Business School, tts GmbH, and SAP Germany. You can find out more and enroll on the course page.

Enrollment is now open for the following courses at openSAP:
SAP Solutions
SAP Solution Manager for SAP S/4HANA Implementation in a Nutshell
Spatial Analysis with SAP HANA Platform (Including hands-on system access)
Building Portal Sites on SAP Cloud Platform (Including hands-on system access)

Business topics
Designing Business Models for the Digital Economy (Edition Q2/2017)
The Impact of Digitization on Leadership and Work
Liquid Legal: Transforming an Industry

All our courses remain available for you to access in self-paced mode. As an option, you have the chance to complete the weekly assignments and final exam to earn a Record of Achievement. Find out more on our course reactivation page.

See you soon on an upcoming openSAP course!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Enroll Today! Liquid Legal: Transforming an Industry


Dear openSAP community,

In Q1, our openSAP Thought Leaders series provided you with insights about how the cancer diagnosis and treatment can be supported by digital transformation through big data. The next profession to get transformed is legal with the next openSAP Thought Leaders course, Liquid Legal: Transforming an Industry.

Liquid Legal is a vision, capturing the notion of adaptability and agility required for all players in the legal industry to successfully survive. Traditionally, technology was used in the legal industry for document storage, billing, accounting, and other business related functionalities. Since 2011, technology has started to disrupt the practice of law through access to online software to replace the need to consult a lawyer. This provides both challenges and opportunities for the legal industry and for LegalTech companies. Liquid Legal aims to provide a platform for strong and future oriented leaders and their views concerning the legal profession.

The vision was developed by the instructors of this course and editors of the book of the same name:

  • Kai Jacob – Global VP Legal Information Management, SAP
  • Dr. Dierk Schindler – Head of Legal EMEA & Global Legal Shared Services, NetApp
  • Dr. Roger Strathausen – Author, university lecturer, and conference speaker specializing in the topics of leadership and learning

Liquid Legal: Transforming an Industry starts from May 16 and is open to everyone interested in learning about the vision of Liquid Legal and about opportunities for the legal world. The main target audience of this course is general counsels, chief financial officers, contract-handling personnel (including Sales, Procurement, Service), partners and associates in law firms, and lawyers and law students.

If you missed a previous openSAP Thought Leaders course, you can still catch up!

Here are the courses starting this April at openSAP:

Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP Cloud Platform* (Update Q1/2017)
SAP Solution Manager for SAP S/4HANA Implementation in a Nutshell
The Impact of Digitization on Leadership and Work
Spatial Analysis with SAP HANA Platform
Building Portal Sites on SAP Cloud Platform
Designing Business Models for the Digital Economy (Edition Q2/2017)

If you would like to earn a Record of Achievement for a course that is now in self-paced mode, check if it has a reactivation button. With a reactivation button, you have the chance to complete the weekly assignments and final exam to earn a Record of Achievement. Find out more on our course reactivation page.

We hope to see you soon on an upcoming openSAP course!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

New openSAP courses: SAP Portal, Spatial Analysis, and Business Model Innovation


Dear openSAP community,

Three courses with brand new topics have just opened for enrollment on openSAP. Each course offers you the chance to complete hands-on exercises or participate in group work. There is something for everyone!

With Building Portal Sites on SAP Cloud Platform, you will learn how to use SAP Cloud Platform Portal to build engaging business sites to improve your users’ experience and spread a little bit of happiness! You will have the opportunity to build your own portal site, through hands-on weekly exercises. You’ll build your first SAP Fiori Launchpad site, freestyle sites with the chance to build widgets, bring in pre-defined content, and develop your own content, as well as managing your landscape. The course starts on April 25 and enrollment is now open! (Hint: don’t miss DJ Adams starring in the teaser video!)

Spatial Analysis with SAP HANA Platform starts on April 25 with a general introduction to spatial analysis, how to access and manipulate spatial data and how to use spatial content and services. The course will then move deeper into details, such as geocoding; converting business data into geographic locations to enable geographic analysis, and much more. The course will also take a look at the architecture of spatial applications and how to build them. If you’re interested in getting hands-on experience, complete hands-on exercises in a variety of units throughout the course. The course starts on April 25 and enrollment is now open!

Designing Business Models for the Digital Economy will look at all components of Business Model Innovation (BMI). You’ll learn about the business model design, how to analyze and improve, and challenge and change your business model for the best results. Whether you’re a start-up, a well-established business, or any kind of project, your business model today should look different when compared to how it would have looked in the past. You have the opportunity to take part in group work to complete collaborative exercises with your peers on a transformation project for an existing company requiring a redesigned business model. The course starts on April 26 and enrollment is now open!

Check out our variety of current and upcoming courses. Topics include SAP Cloud Platform, Design Topics, SAP Business ByDesign Financials, SAP BusinessObjects Roambi, SAP Solution Manager for SAP S/4HANA, as well as design topics, employee volunteering and the impact of digitization on leadership and work. All of the courses are now open for enrollment!

You can still register for courses in self-paced mode and access all of the course content completely free of charge. If you want to earn a Record of Achievement during self-paced mode, you can do so by reactivating the course through the SAP Store.

We hope to see you soon and don’t forget to get involved in the discussion forums!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

New openSAP course: SAP Solution Manager for SAP S/4HANA Implementation


Dear openSAP community,

If you’re an experienced SAP user, you will be familiar with SAP Solution Manager: a management solution capable of managing both SAP and non-SAP components. But did you know that the latest version (7.2) includes a much improved user experience and automation of many manual project tasks? SAP Solution Manager for SAP S/4HANA Implementation in a Nutshell starts from April 12 to provide an overview of your SAP S/4HANA implementation.

SAP Solution Manager for SAP S/4HANA Implementation in a Nutshell is a short overview course, consisting of just four units. You will need approximately two hours to complete the course and you can take the course assignment until May 11. You’ll

  • Understand the importance of SAP Solution Manager 7.2 in optimizing SAP project delivery.
  • Learn what the new SAP Solution Manager version 7.2 delivers for successful SAP S/4HANA projects, and understand how you plan and design business processes with SAP Activate.
  • Understand how you gather business requirements, break them down into work packages, and build and test your solution using SAP Solution Manager.

We’ve got a range of courses currently running and it’s not too late to join!

The Future of Genomics and Precision Medicine
Getting Started with Data Science
SAP HANA Cloud Platform Essentials (Repeat)
Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business (Edition Q1/2017)
Introduction to SAP Screen Personas
Developing Software Using Design Thinking (Edition Q1/2017)
SAP Business ByDesign Financials

These topics are now open for enrollment and starting soon!

Getting Started with SAP BusinessObjects Roambi
Empathy in Motion: The Power of Employee Volunteering
Software Design for Non-Designers (Edition Q1/2017)
Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP HANA Cloud Platform (Update Q1/2017)
The Impact of Digitization on Leadership and Work (openSAP Thought Leaders)

Missed out on a previous course? All of the content remains available for free in self-paced mode. If you’d like to earn a Record of Achievement, you can reactivate some courses with an openSAP Reactivation Code from the SAP Store.

We look forward to sharing more SAP knowledge with you in the near future!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

The Impact of Digitization on Leadership and Work


Dear openSAP community,

The next openSAP Thought Leaders course has just opened for enrollment, The Impact of Digitization on Leadership and Work. This course is brought to you by nextpractice, a German consulting company. The nextpractice portfolio ranges from method-supported strategic management consultancy and design of cultural development processes to market, trend and social research studies.

This course will explore how the digital world is affecting leadership and work from all aspects. Starting with a look at how unpredictable occurrences can cause chaos for companies, the course moves forward to present the results of two large-scale studies in Germany on “excellent leadership” and the “future of work”, based on the method of analysing culture developed by nextpractice. The course begins April 24 and consists of two weeks of content. Learn more on the course details page.

The Future of Genomics and Precision Medicine, by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), is currently running and remains open until March 15.

It’s not too late to join these currently running courses:

Find Your Path to SAP S/4HANA
Basics of Design Research (Edition Q1/2017)
Getting Started with Data Science
SAP HANA Cloud Platform Essentials (Repeat)
Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business (Edition Q1/2017)
Introduction to SAP Screen Personas

And we have further courses starting soon!

Developing Software Using Design Thinking (Edition Q1/2017)
SAP Business ByDesign Financials
Getting Started with SAP BusinessObjects Roambi
Empathy in Motion: The Power of Employee Volunteering
Software Design for Non-Designers (Edition Q1/2017)
Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP HANA Cloud Platform (Update Q1/2017)

All of our past openSAP courses remain available on our platform in self-paced mode, free of charge. If you would like to earn a Record of Achievement, you can reactivate some courses with an openSAP Reactivation Code from the SAP Store.

We hope to see you soon on an openSAP course!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

New @ openSAP: The Power of Employee Volunteering and Software Design for Non-Designers


Dear openSAP community,

At this time of year it’s common to start setting both personal and professionals goals for the year ahead. We’ve got two new courses to help those of you that want to start volunteering or want to learn more about software design.

Empathy in Motion: The Power of Employee Volunteering
We’ve teamed up with the Realized Worth Institute to deliver a course aimed at those interested in getting involved in corporate volunteering. When employees volunteer with organizations or causes in need, the opportunity arises to be reminded of what it means to be human, opening up new perspectives and experiences. For companies with established volunteering processes and structures, it can be difficult to come up with new and innovative ideas to motivate employees to take part and to keep them interested in volunteerism. For small or new companies, it can be difficult to put a framework together and begin organizing and driving volunteering initiatives amongst employees. Empathy in Motion: The Power of Employee Volunteering guides learners through both of these scenarios and more. The course starts from March 14 and enrollment is now open!

Software Design for Non-Designers
This popular course is returning to openSAP from March 15. The course aims to teach developers to embrace design as part of their everyday work, even if they haven’t spent years studying design. In just six weeks, you can improve your design skills when developing software. Learn from Scott Klemmer, Professor of Design at Stanford and design experts from SAP, including Sam Yen, SAP’s Chief Design Officer. Get actively involved and complete hands-on exercises, providing you with the skills you need to apply simple and user-friendly design practices when developing software. Learn to develop with design in mind, allowing your end users to focus on their job, not on your software. Enrollment is now open!

If you’re a German speaker, you might be interested in joining the course, Web-Technologien, over on our partner’s site, openHPI. The course starts from February 6 and will be delivered in German language.

Don’t forget that we have many other topics now open and upcoming at openSAP including SAP S/4HANA with SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP S/4HANA, Data Science, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP Screen Personas, SAP Business ByDesign Financials, and SAP BusinessObjects Roambi.
For those interested in further design topics, check out our other design courses and our openSAP Thought Leaders course starts February 14, The Future of Genomics and Precision Medicine.

If you’ve missed any of our previous courses, you can now earn a Record of Achievement in self-paced mode with our reactivation option.

See you soon on openSAP!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Improve your design skills in 2017 with openSAP!


Dear openSAP community,

Developing intuitive software that users want to use requires many aspects of design coming together. To help you to improve your design skills, we have a variety of design courses starting soon on openSAP.

Basics of Design ResearchStarts January 25
The purpose of design research is to create an empathy for your end-users and to uncover users’ needs – some they are aware of but, some are subconscious needs. In this course, learners will get an introduction to the role of design research in your planning and execution of software design. The course will explain terms that are commonly associated with design research as well as looking at the steps in-depth. Learners will also have the opportunity to take part in a research challenge.

Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT BusinessStarts February 20
This four week course will cover a variety of sketching situations such as flipchart, whiteboard, copy paper (A4/Letter size), and post-its. The course starts out with the basics of drawing shapes and improving your handwriting, and once you’ve got the basics, we’ll move on to processes and flow charts as well as screen sketches. With these techniques, you can apply your new skills in a professional setting to impress your peers, customers, and management.

Developing Software Using Design ThinkingStarts February 28
Experience design thinking and develop empathy for your users by “putting yourself in their shoes”. This six week course consists of the usual online videos and weekly assignments to help you get an understanding about what design thinking is, with everyone welcome to enroll and take part. To earn a Record of Achievement, you will need to take part in group work with a limited number of places available.

SAP Internal Only
We’re currently running a pilot course for SAP employees, Copywriting: Improve User Experience One Word at a Time*. Learn about the importance of copy, how you can motivate and engage your users, and improve their experience; helping them to enjoy completing the task, not just another task to be ticked off their list.
*You will need to be logged on to openSAP with Single Sign On to access this course

All of these design courses are now open for enrollment. If you’re interested in other topics, you can find them all on our courses page and you now have the option to earn a Record of Achievement in self-paced mode.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

New courses for 2017: SAP BusinessObjects Roambi, Design Thinking, Sketching for IT, and SAP HANA Cloud Platform


Dear openSAP community,

Happy New Year! We hope that you’re enjoying 2017 so far and wish you the best for the year ahead! We’ve just opened additional courses for 2017 with topics including SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP BusinessObjects Roambi, and for the designer in you, design thinking and sketching skills!

Getting Started with SAP BusinessObjects Roambi
SAP BusinessObjects Roambi provides cloud-based analytics designed for employees on the go, to instantly access critical business information from anywhere and on any device – even if they are offline! The course starts March 13 and you will learn how to configure and administer the SAP BusinessObjects Roambi account, create the different visualizations, data integration options, and how to create content in Roambi Flow to add context to the SAP BusinessObjects Roambi views. Enrollment is now open!

Developing Software Using Design Thinking
Design thinking is key to putting the customer at the center of everything your company does. In Developing Software Using Design Thinking, you will experience design thinking and develop empathy for your users by “putting yourself in their shoes”. This six week course will help you get an understanding about what design thinking is. To earn a Record of Achievement, you will need to complete the group work, which has a limited number of spaces available. The course starts February 28 and you can find more information on the enrollment page.

Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business
Whether you’re communicating design ideas, presenting handwritten or visual information in a team meeting, or just want to improve your sketching skills, Be Visual! Sketching Basics for IT Business is just the course for you! This four week course will cover a variety of sketching situations such as flipchart, whiteboard, copy paper (A4/Letter size), and post-its. The course starts with the basics of drawing shapes and improving your handwriting. The course begins February 20 and enrollment is now open!

SAP HANA Cloud Platform Essentials (Repeat)
As a developer, you will learn about the essential elements of SAP HANA Cloud Platform and how you can make the most of the variety of services it provides. Even if you’ve joined the previous SAP HANA Cloud Platform courses on openSAP, you will learn about the newly introduced services such as Internet of Things (IoT), gamification, mobile documents, and much more. This course opens on February 7 and is now open for enrollment.

Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP HANA Cloud Platform (Update Q1/2017)
In this updated course, there will be an additional mobile scenario for the Enterprise Sales & Procurement Model (ESPM) app using SAP HANA Cloud Platform, mobile service. With this course, you will learn to develop the OData services and Java Persistence API (JPA) model with the database connection in the back end, as well as the SAPUI5 web app front end. The ESPM app will be used throughout this course to demonstrate the end-to-end process for developers. The course will also include a system preparation week, starting March 29.

Don’t forget, we have the following courses now open for enrollment:
SAP BW/4HANA in a Nutshell – Closing January 18!
Extending SAP S/4HANA with SAP HANA Cloud Platform – Starts January 11!
Find Your Path to SAP S/4HANA
Basics of Design Research (Edition Q1/2017)
Getting Started with Data Science
The Future of Genomics and Precision Medicine
Introduction to SAP Screen Personas
SAP Business ByDesign Financials

If you’ve missed any of our past courses, you can now earn a Record of Achievement in self-paced mode with an openSAP Reactivation Code now available from SAP Store.

We wish you continued success in 2017 and hope to see you soon!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

New Topics at openSAP: Financials, Data Science, and CancerLinQ


Dear openSAP community,

As 2016 is coming to a close, we’d like to share some new courses for you to join in early 2017 on openSAP. We opened enrollment for three new courses:

Getting Started with Data Science
SAP Business ByDesign Financials
The Future of Genomics and Precision Medicine

Getting Started with Data Science
Learn about the fundamentals of data preparation, predictive modeling, and the deployment and maintenance of models in a business environment. This is a six week course and is aimed at anybody interested in learning about data science with a basic understanding of data, data analysis, and simple mathematics. The course begins March 23 and is now open for enrollment.

SAP Business ByDesign Financials
This course will explore the three pillars of Financials: liquidity, controlling, and accounting. Take a look at a variety of end to end processes in the daily tasks of a financial role with SAP Business ByDesign. The course is aimed at business users, financials key and end users, partners, and prospects. The course begins March 1 and is now open for enrollment.

The Future of Genomics and Precision Medicine
The first openSAP Thought Leaders course for 2017 is brought to you by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). CancerLinQ LLC, a not-for-profit subsidiary of ASCO, has worked with SAP to create a database for oncologists to share information about their patients anonymously. This course will explain what precision medicine is and how big data has transformed the healthcare landscape. The course begins February 14 and is now open for enrollment.

Additional courses currently running and starting in early 2017 include:

SAP BW/4HANA in a Nutshell
Extending SAP S/4HANA with SAP HANA Cloud Platform
Find Your Path to SAP S/4HANA
Basics of Design Research (Edition Q1/2017)
Introduction to SAP Screen Personas

If you’re taking time out over the holiday season to learn, all of our past courses remain available on the platform to access completely free of charge. You also have the new option to earn a Record of Achievement in self-paced mode with openSAP reactivation codes.

We hope you enjoy the remaining weeks of 2016 and look forward to seeing you back on openSAP in 2017!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

New courses for 2017: SAP S/4HANA and SAP Screen Personas


Dear openSAP Community,

As 2016 starts to wind down, we’re inviting you to start planning your 2017 learning at openSAP with two new courses just opened for enrollment! Find Your Path to SAP S/4HANA and Introduction to SAP Screen Personas.

Find Your Path to SAP S/4HANA
This is a four week course that starts with an introduction to the latest 1610 release of SAP S/4HANA and will also show you examples of implementation projects that already happened. In the following three weeks, you will learn about the process to transition to SAP S/4HANA in three different scenarios: a fresh start with SAP S/4HANA, converting your existing SAP ERP system, and transitioning from multiple systems including non-SAP ERP systems. You’ll also get the chance to access an SAP S/4HANA system to gain hands-on experience. The course starts January 25 and enrollment is now open.

Introduction to SAP Screen Personas
This is a three week introductory course that focuses on how to build simple flavors. The course will show you around SAP Screen Personas and explain how to simplify business processes. You’ll learn about merging tabs, building using themes, creating simple scripts, and simplifying an end-to-end scenario. Finally, you’ll learn about accelerating flavor development with a focus leveraging pre-existing content in our flavor gallery, including reusable templates. The course starts from February 22 and is now open for enrollment.

Current and upcoming courses

Stay tuned for more courses starting in 2017 and if you missed any of our previous courses, don’t forget that you can still access the learning content free of charge. If you would like to earn a Record of Achievement in self-paced mode, it’s now possible for some of our courses. Find out more on our openSAP reactivation page.

See you soon on openSAP!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Learn the Basics of Design Research


Dear openSAP community,

Design is becoming increasingly important in the development process for products and services across all industries, not just in IT. To meet end-user expectations and deliver the ideal user experience, design research is a critical pre-project task. If you missed Basics of Design Research on openSAP in 2016, then sign up to the next run of the course in January 2017!

The purpose of design research is to create an empathy for your end-users and to uncover users’ needs – some they are aware of, but some are subconscious needs. In this course, learners will get an introduction to the role of design research in your planning and execution of software design. The course will explain the benefits of a field visit, observing your end-users in their natural habitat, as well as looking at the tools and key roles involved in the design research process. Learners will also have the opportunity to take part in a research challenge.

Here is just a small selection of the feedback received during the 2016 run:

What I liked about this course was that it required propeller heads like me to think about design in a different way to what we are used to. Probably my worst ever grade for an openSAP course, but I don't mind that, it just shows that it's tricky to change your Weltanschauung "just like that", and even trying to do so helps you learn new things and ways of working.
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I have to talk to users every day for supporting them in case of any issues in SAP system, and also need to collaborate with users for gathering requirements in order to deliver what they need. This course is very much focused into that area, hence I took up this course and I really enjoyed it. In future, I am sure I will apply the techniques mentioned in this course when I am given ownership to develop any solution.
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I really enjoyed the Course contents and lay out. It was really simplified that drives away fear of taking responsibilities away. It really opens one's eye as a person planning to take up jobs that requires you working with releasing of a final products. Am blessed by this course.
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Enrollment for Basics of Design Research is now open and the course starts on January 25, 2017.

Don’t miss out on our current courses and new courses for 2017:

Digital Transformation Across the Extended Supply Chain – In a Nutshell (Repeat)
SAP BW/4HANA in a Nutshell
HR + Finance with SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP SuccessFactors
Enterprise Machine Learning in a Nutshell
Extending SAP S/4HANA with SAP HANA Cloud Platform

See you soon on openSAP!

With kind regards,

Your openSAP Team

New topics at openSAP: Enterprise Machine Learning, Extending SAP S/4HANA, and Extended Supply Chain


Dear openSAP community,

At openSAP, we’re committed to delivering free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to help everyone interested in SAP’s latest innovations to understand topics they would like to learn about. The latest courses open for enrollment include Enterprise Machine Learning in a Nutshell, Digital Transformation Across the Extended Supply Chain (Repeat), and Extending SAP S/4HANA with SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

Enterprise Machine Learning in a Nutshell
The objective of this course is to help business decision makers understand the significance of machine learning for enterprise computing. After taking this course, participants should be aware of recent advances in machine learning, have an understanding of the basic concepts involved and how business problems can be solved with machine learning. In particular, how to get from a business problem to a machine learning solution. Enterprise Machine Learning in a Nutshell starts from November 14 and takes just 2-3 hours to complete.

Extending SAP S/4HANA with SAP HANA Cloud Platform
SAP S/4HANA Customers and Partners can build extensions with SAP HANA Cloud Platform, as well as add new capabilities and delivery methods to tablets and smartphones. After an initial introduction to typical scenarios and architectures, you’ll work on extension development projects on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, such as integration with cloud connector and OData provisioning, integration with real back-end data using replication, OData APIs, and remote function modules, improve user experience, and much more. Extending SAP S/4HANA with SAP HANA Cloud Platform starts from January 11 and runs over a six week period.

Digital Transformation Across the Extended Supply Chain (Repeat)
This course was originally delivered earlier in 2016. If you haven’t already joined and would like to learn about the four main elements affecting the supply chain, sign up and discuss topics with experts and peers. You’ll learn about resource scarcity, individualized products, sharing economy, and customer centricity. Based on these elements, you’ll also learn why your business processes and systems need to evolve to remain competitive in the digital economy. The course opens November 2 and you’ll have the chance to earn a Record of Achievement and use the discussion forum until December 8. Digital Transformation Across the Extended Supply Chain (Repeat) will take just 2-3 hours to complete.

We have a range of other topics, including SAP BW/4HANA, SAP Fiori for iOS, IoT, and much more, currently running - don’t forget to check them out!

Enterprise MOOCs
openSAP Thought Leaders

If you missed out on a Record of Achievement, you now have the option to reactivate selected courses. Find out more on our course reactivation page.

See you soon on openSAP!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

openSAP Reactivation Codes now available on general release!


Dear openSAP community,

Thank you for your positive reaction to our openSAP reactivation codes, which allow you to reactivate weekly assignments, providing you with an opportunity to earn a Record of Achievement in self-paced mode. Until now, you could only get a reactivation code at SAP TechEd or through our social media challenge. We are happy to announce that from today, you can now purchase a reactivation code at SAP Store at the cost of €39.

So how does it work?

If you’re interested in earning a Record of Achievement in self-paced mode, check the course to see if there is an option to Reactivate for Record of Achievement. If it’s available, you can purchase one openSAP reactivation code at SAP Store for €39 (Bulk discounts also available). Simply enter the reactivation code in the Redeem code box on the course page where you wish to earn a Record of Achievement. You will then have 8 weeks to complete the assignments and final exam. (Check out our blog on the new SAP Community!)

openSAP is not becoming a paid offering - all existing materials and offerings remain completely free of charge. Here’s a simplified guide:

  • What if I complete the weekly assignments and final exam during the scheduled runtime; can I still earn a Record of Achievement without any charges? YES!
  • If I don’t want to earn a Record of Achievement, can I still access the learning content in self-paced mode free of charge? YES!
  • Why is there a charge applied to reactivate a course?
    The goal of MOOCs at openSAP is to encourage learners to complete the content within a specified timeframe and to benefit from features such as the discussion forum. We want learners to join the scheduled courses and share experiences with others, collaborate, and ask questions as this is the key benefit for learners taking part in MOOCs. If learners can earn a Record of Achievement free of charge at any time, the motivation to deliver courses in MOOC format would be lost; learners would enroll but very few would complete the content and put the knowledge to work. Our aim is to support learners who could not complete the course during the scheduled run time to earn a Record of Achievement, without affecting the experience of a live course.

Important: Remember to check if the course you’re interested in is available for reactivation before you purchase the reactivation code.

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Software Design For Non-Designers


Dear openSAP community,

Not all software developers are designers, yet they need to keep their users’ needs in mind to create a simplified user experience. You don’t need to spend years studying design to become a good designer; you can easily learn to embrace design as part of your everyday work. To help software developers to create simpler, easy to use interfaces, Software Design for Non-Designers returns to openSAP from October 25.

In just six weeks, you can improve your design skills when developing software. Learn from Scott Klemmer, Professor of Design at Stanford and design experts from SAP, including Sam Yen, SAP’s Chief Design Officer. Get actively involved and complete hands-on exercises, providing you with the skills you need to apply simple and user-friendly design practices when developing software.

Sign up today and learn to develop with design in mind, allowing your end users to focus on their job, not on your software.

Don’t forget to vote for openSAP in the Land der Ideen competition. The second round of public vote is open until October 6 and you can vote once per day! For non-German speakers that would like to vote, here is a short guide!

Additional openSAP courses currently open:

Imagine IoT
SHINE Reference for Native SAP HANA Application Development
Talent Management Best Practices with SAP SuccessFactors
Роботика с LEGO Mindstorms
Semantic Notation – The Next Big Thing in BI?
Women: Build Outrageously Successful Businesses from Scratch
Software Development on SAP HANA (Update Q4/2016)
HR + Finance with SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP SuccessFactors
SAP BW/4HANA in a Nutshell
Upgrade of Systems Based on SAP NetWeaver – Advanced Topics
SAP Fiori for iOS - An Introduction

With kind regards,

Your openSAP Team

Imagine IoT: Join experts from Deloitte, Intel, XMPro, and SAP


Dear openSAP community,

This week sees the start of Imagine IoT, our latest course on the Internet of Things, featuring experts from Deloitte, Intel, XMPro, and SAP. With this course, you will learn the fundamentals of the Internet of Things (e.g., sensors, the cloud, and more) and be introduced to new interaction paradigms (augmented reality, wearables, and more) that are changing how we interact with the world around us. You will also learn how to design and create your own IoT prototype.

Meet our guest speakers!
Robert Schmid – Deloitte Digital
Robert is Mr IoT, or in other words, Chief IoT Technologist at Deloitte. He is leading Internet of Things practice for Deloitte, working with clients on IoT strategy, pilots and implementations, and creating value in an exploding but new, challenging area.

Mahesh Chandramouli – Deloitte Digital
Mahesh is Senior Manager in Deloitte’s IoT practice and has extensive experience in delivering IoT strategy and delivery engagements. He is specialized in Retail, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Insurance and Technology industries.

Jeffrey Jackson – Intel
Jeffrey is a Senior Director at Intel working in the IoTG Strategy & Integrated Products Division (Strategy & Technology Office), with a strong background in end to end IoT solutions, IoT technologies, Mobile Service Provider Networks, Mobility Services.

Pieter Van Schalkwyk – XMPro
As the founder and CEO of XMPro, Pieter has used his experience in industrial environments to design an Agile Application Suite for Industrial IoT. He leads a team of professionals who are passionate about helping industrial companies deal with the deluge of data from IoT.

The experts from SAP will be familiar to those of you who previously took part in our Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud courses. The instructors include Bob Caswell and Yoram Friedman. As part of Imagine IoT, you will get the opportunity to participate in a prototyping challenge, where you can submit your own work, using SAP tools such as BUILD, and receive peer feedback. Enrollment is now open and the course starts this week!

You can now also enroll to the latest Software Design for Non-Designers. The course begins October 25 and will help you to understand the relevance of design to the development of quality products and how to extend the current sense of "product quality" to include delighting end users. Enrollment is now open!

We would also like to thank you for voting in the first round of Land der Ideen, Germany. The final round has just started and we would appreciate your support once again with your vote for “Auch du kannst das – Onlinekurs für ehrenamtliche Deutschlehrer”. (Voting is available in German language only. Voters can use one vote per day during the voting period.)

Other courses open for enrollment include:
SHINE Reference for Native SAP HANA Application Development
Talent Management Best Practices with SAP SuccessFactors
Semantic Notation – The Next Big Thing in BI?
Women: Build Outrageously Successful Businesses from Scratch
Software Development on SAP HANA (Update Q4/2016)
HR + Finance with SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP SuccessFactors
SAP BW/4HANA in a Nutshell
Upgrade of Systems Based on SAP NetWeaver – Advanced Topics
SAP Fiori for iOS - An Introduction

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Learn about iOS, Building a Business, SAP NetWeaver, SAP HANA, and earn a Record of Achievement in self-paced mode!


Dear openSAP community,

Our new courses and topics keep coming! We’ve got new courses on the SAP and Apple partnership, SAP NetWeaver, SAP HANA, and a new openSAP Thought Leaders course with Susan Solovic, THE Small Business Expert. And for those of you interested in earning a Record of Achievement in self-paced courses, it’s now possible! Read more below. We’ve also launched our first course in Bulgarian to further support EU Code Week, Роботика с LEGO Mindstorms.

SAP Fiori for iOS – An Introduction
By now, you’ve probably heard about the new SAP and Apple partnership – But how will this be put into action? This new openSAP course, SAP Fiori for iOS – An Introduction starts out with an overview of the SAP and Apple partnership and present some showcases. You’ll learn about the benefits and characteristics of native iOS development and become familiar with the design language used within SAP Fiori for iOS design which extends the SAP Fiori design foundation for a native iOS experience. And you’ll also receive an outlook about the SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK for iOS that will be delivered in 2017. Enroll now!

Upgrade of Systems Based on SAP NetWeaver – Advanced Topics
This course will focus on the latest tools and features that are essential for SAP system upgrades. The course will start with SAP Solution Manager’s cloud-based Maintenance Planner, which enables easy and efficient planning of all changes in your SAP system landscape. You’ll also learn about near-Zero Downtime Maintenance (nZDM) for SAP NetWeaver Java systems, enabling you to perform various maintenance activities to your entire stack (hardware, OS DB, AS Java) for SAP Enterprise Portal, SAP Process Orchestration and SAP Business Process management. Enroll now!

Software Development on SAP HANA (Update Q4/2016)
This course will discuss the architectural foundation that allows the option with this to choose between cloud and on-premise deployment. Learners in this course will also learn how to use SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA to develop both SAP HANA Deployment Infrastructure (HDI) and SAP HANA extended application services, advanced model (XSA) based applications. Enroll now!

Women: Build Outrageously Successful Businesses from Scratch
Join Susan Solovic, THE Small Business Expert and New York Times Bestseller, for this openSAP Thought Leaders course, Women: Build Outrageously Successful Businesses from Scratch. This course is for all entrepreneurs, not just women; however Susan does provide some tips to overcome challenges that women often face when building their businesses from scratch. In this course, Susan will help you evaluate if you’re ready to start your own business – is your product unique? What sets you apart from your competitors? Once you’re confident that you’ve got what it takes to build your outrageously successful business, Susan will guide you through the building blocks you need to reach success! Enroll now!

Coming Soon: Earn a Record of Achievement in self-paced mode!
If you’re attending SAP TechEd Las Vegas, September 20-22, stop by the openSAP booth in Hall G, Explore, Booth 33 get your hands on a reactivation code to test it out and tell us what you think!

openSAP delivers Enterprise MOOCs with a definitive start and end date. The purpose behind these dates is to encourage learners to stay on track, collaborate in the discussion forums, and complete the learning content without getting distracted, resulting in learners never completing the course. In the near future, you will have the option to earn a Record of Achievement in self-paced mode, however there will be a fee attached to this option (~€39).

Why are we charging? To encourage learners to continue joining the scheduled courses for free. If learners can earn a Record of Achievement for free at any time, our MOOCs would become like any other e-learning and it would rarely be completed. openSAP as it is today will remain free of charge, including accessing in learning content in self-paced mode. The fee is only applied if you want to earn a Record of Achievement in self-paced mode. You can find more information in our openSAP, course reactivation FAQs.

openSAP’s business is to share free knowledge about SAP’s innovations in MOOC format and we plan to continue free delivery into the future. For further updates, stay tuned to openSAP on Twitter and Facebook.

And finally, we would like to thank you for voting for openSAP in the public vote as part of Land of Ideas, Germany. Voting closed on September 15 and we are delighted to announce that we made it to the top ten! But it doesn’t stop there; the final round of voting starts on September 27 so stay tuned to openSAP for updates!

We have a range of courses now open and open for enrollment. Check out the courses page and enroll!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

New Analytics courses at openSAP: SAP BW/4HANA & Semantic Notation


Dear openSAP community,

For those of you interested and/or working in the field of analytics, we have just opened two new courses for enrollment: SAP BW/4HANA in a Nutshell and a new course in the openSAP Thought Leaders series, Semantic Notation – the Next Big Thing in BI?

Did you see SAP’s announcement about SAP BW/4HANA, the next generation of SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA? SAP BW/4HANA in a Nutshell will provide a high-level overview of SAP BW/4HANA. You will learn about the value proposition of SAP BW/4HANA, as well as getting the chance to view some system demos which will cover some of the major functional aspects. If you’re an existing customer running SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA, you will learn about the migration path you should take if you choose to move to SAP BW/4HANA.

The next course in our openSAP Thought Leaders Series is Semantic Notation – the Next Big Thing in BI? With digital transformation and the growing importance of analytics in business, there was a need for standards and guidelines across business communication. In 2013, the non-profit International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) Association was founded in order to develop such an international standard, free and open available to interested users, consultants and software developers. With Semantic Notation – the Next Big Thing in BI?, you will learn how to add a new semantic notation to already accepted conceptual and perceptual rules for the creation of reports, presentations, and dashboards.

Back in June, we received an award from Land der Ideen – Germany (Land of Ideas) for our German course, Auch du kannst das. Deutsch für Asylbewerber. Ehrenamtlich. Now, this project has been opened up for a public vote and we’re inviting you to vote for openSAP in this competition. Each user can vote once per day until September 15. Please note: the voting website is only available in German.

Enrollment is now open for these new courses as well as our other upcoming courses:
Design the Future of Your CRM
Imagine IoT
Talent Management Best Practices with SAP SuccessFactors
SHINE Reference for Native SAP HANA Application Development
HR + Finance with SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP SuccessFactors
Teaching Programming to Young Learners (English : French)
Teens Get Coding (English : French)

Currently running:
SAP Digital Boardroom in a Nutshell
Big Data with SAP HANA Vora
Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP HANA Cloud Platform
Basics of Design Research

For our German speaking users, you might also be interested in Wie funktioniert das Internet? over on openHPI.

Thank you for being part of the openSAP community and we hope to see you soon on a current or upcoming course!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Learn more about SAP SuccessFactors with openSAP


Dear openSAP community,

SAP SuccessFactors is making a return to openSAP with two brand new courses to get into! Talent Management Best Practices with SAP SuccessFactors starts from October 5 and HR + Finance with SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP SuccessFactors starts from November 8.

With Talent Management Best Practices with SAP SuccessFactors, you will learn about how you can make the most of your integrated talent management. This course takes a look at an overview of talent management, maximize employee productivity, building workforce capabilities, and getting the right results. Talent Management Best Practices with SAP SuccessFactors presents best practices identified by HR experts and thought leaders with years of experience from within SAP SuccessFactors and across multiple industries and disciplines.

If you're finding it difficult to easily calculate the cost of your workforce or you receive financial projections or reports when they are already outdated, then you should learn about HR + Finance with SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP SuccessFactors with openSAP. In this course, you will learn how your business can achieve higher profits through a reduction in costs by transforming your Finance and HR functions and increasing collaboration across departments. You will gain an understanding of how productized integrations and innovations like intelligent services enable companies to run simple, leveraging modern finance and human resources management capabilities.

Enrollment for both SAP SuccessFactors courses is open and don’t miss out on further topics such as:

SAP Digital Boardroom in a Nutshell
Big Data with SAP HANA Vora
Basics of Design Research
Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP HANA Cloud Platform
Design the Future of Your CRM
Imagine IoT
SHINE Reference for Native SAP HANA Application Development
Teaching Programming to Young Learners (English : French)
Teens Get Coding (English : French)

See you soon on an upcoming openSAP course!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Put Your Imagination to Work this September with openSAP!


Dear openSAP community,

The world is going digital and this September, we’re inviting you to open your imagination to new possibilities with a new course Imagine IoT. This course will help you understand how devices are connected and inspire you to think about your own Internet of Things (IoT) prototype. For those interested in getting started with coding or encouraging your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews to become familiar with coding, we are happy to once again support Africa Code Week, EU Code Week, and the new Refugee Code Week by re-running our popular coding courses for youth, in both English and French language: Teaching Programming to Young Learners and Teens Get Coding.

With Imagine IoT, you will learn about the fundamentals of IoT – what are the components that make it possible? What is a sensor and how does cloud computing enable IoT? You’ll also learn about new interaction paradigms such as augmented reality, wearable devices, and much more. Do you have an idea for your own IoT prototype? As part of this course, you have the chance to take part in a prototyping challenge, where you can submit your work and receive feedback from your peers. The course starts from September 28 and enrollment is now open!

Teaching Programming to Young Learners (English : French) is aimed at teachers, parents, and guardians of children aged 8-11 to enable adults to support children during their coding journey.
Teens Get Coding (English : French) is aimed at 12-17 year olds who want to get started with coding in a fun and interactive system, including creating interactive computer games. All courses are now open for enrollment and learning content will be available from September 15, completely free of charge. All you need to sign up is a valid email address and the motivation to learn to code!

Don’t forget we have many new courses starting this September, don’t miss out!
SAP Digital Boardroom in a Nutshell
Big Data with SAP HANA Vora
Basics of Design Research
Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP HANA Cloud Platform
Design the Future of Your CRM
SHINE Reference for Native SAP HANA Application Development

See you soon on an upcoming course!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Enroll today! Basics of Design Research


Dear openSAP community,

As always, August is a quiet time for courses at openSAP before kick starting a range of new topics in September. We’ve already announced many new and exciting topics such as Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, Design the Future of Your CRM, and Big Data with SAP HANA Vora.

Today, we are happy to announce a brand new topic, Basics of Design Research. This course will provide you with an introduction to the role of design research in your planning and execution, especially in the field of software design.
The purpose of design research is to create an empathy for your end-users and to uncover users’ needs. The course will look at the tools and key roles involved in the design research process. You will also learn how to analyze the data collected during your research, and how to synthesize and make sense out of that data by creating persona and point of views. In week 2, you will have the opportunity to take part in an exercise, including peer assessment where you will be required to create a profile for your end-user. The peer assessment will contribute towards your score for the Record of Achievement.

Enrollment is now open for Basics of Design Research as well as our other upcoming courses!
SAP Digital Boardroom in a Nutshell
Application Integration Made Simple with SAP HANA Cloud Integration
Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP HANA Cloud Platform
Design the Future of Your CRM
Big Data with SAP HANA Vora
SHINE Reference for Native SAP HANA Application Development

We look forward to seeing you soon on an upcoming openSAP course!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Enroll today! Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP HANA Cloud Platform


Dear openSAP community,

SAP HANA Cloud Platform is a hugely popular topic with learners at openSAP and we’ve just opened enrollment for the next instalment: Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

With this new course, you will learn to develop the OData services and Java Persistence API (JPA) model with the database connection in the back end of an Enterprise Sales & Procurement Model app. The ESPM app will be used throughout this course to demonstrate the end-to-end process for developers. Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP HANA Cloud Platform will take a look at security and identity management, as well as collaboration (e. g., SAP JAM), document service, and API management. The course will also feature how to develop the SAPUI5 web app front end and includes information on SAP Splash and Build.

Developing Java-Based Apps on SAP HANA Cloud Platform starts from September 7 and enrollment is now open. If you haven’t already completed SAP HANA Cloud Platform Essentials, we recommend that you enroll and complete week 1 to get an introduction to SAP HANA Cloud Platform, sign up for your free developer account, and install the necessary development tools.

Current and upcoming courses
SAP Digital Boardroom in a Nutshell
Application Integration Made Simple with SAP HANA Cloud Integration
Big Data with SAP HANA Vora
Design the Future of Your CRM
SHINE Reference for Native SAP HANA Application Development

We look forward to seeing you on the course soon!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Register today! SAP HANA Vora & SHINE coming soon to openSAP


Dear openSAP community,

Our SAP HANA Core Knowledge Series continues with two new courses: Big Data with SAP HANA Vora and SHINE Reference for Native SAP HANA Application Development.

SAP HANA Vora allows you to process enterprise and Hadoop data cost-effectively for real-time business applications and analytics by providing enterprise-class, drilldown insight into raw data. Big Data with SAP HANA Vora will start on September 6 with an overview of SAP HANA Vora including Hadoop, Spark, Key features, and SDA and SAP HANA Connectivity. Once you’ve got to grips with the basics, we’ll move on to take a look at the data browser, SQL-Editor, and data modeler. In the final week, we’ll look at working with tables and views, loading different data types, working with hierarchies, as well as advanced topics such as partitioning and annotations.

SHINE (SAP HANA Interactive Education) was developed in 2013 to share information about SAP HANA and XS features and has grown from workshop training materials (aka SAP HANA Native Development Workshop) for SAP HANA developers. SHINE is the one and only official demo content for native SAP HANA development and it is updated and maintained with each SAP HANA SP. SHINE Reference for Native SAP HANA Application Development, is just 3-4 hours in total and will be available from October 5 until November 3. This course will provide you with a general overview of SHINE features, followed by a demo and deep dive into the major capabilities of SHINE, and ends with an introduction to SHINE for SAP HANA XS Advanced Model.

Enrollment for both courses is now open!

We are happy to see new learners joining openSAP and to see our existing learners returning to learn more with us. During the first six months of 2016, we saw the highest number of new users and enrollments on openSAP compared to any other six month period since our launch. Find out more on SCN. Thank you for your continued support!

Previous courses in the SAP HANA Core Knowledge Series

High Availability and Disaster Recovery with the SAP HANA Platform
Text Analytics with SAP HANA Platform

Current and upcoming courses on openSAP

Experience SAP Hybris Solutions
SAP Digital Boardroom in a Nutshell
Application Integration Made Simple with SAP HANA Cloud Integration
Design the Future of Your CRM

We hope to see you soon!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Register today: Design the Future of Your CRM


Dear openSAP community,

Is your company still running SAP CRM 6.0 or a lower version? If so, we invite you to join the latest openSAP course, Design the Future of Your CRM, where you can find out how to move from your old SAP CRM to a new, flexible system.

If you haven’t taken part in Experience SAP Hybris Solutions, don’t worry you can still take part in Design the Future of Your CRM as we will take a high-level look at the SAP Hybris solutions portfolio. Starting from September 14, you’ll learn about the solution portfolio and why it makes sense. You will also receive information on SAP services that support this transition to the future.

This course is aimed at business decision makers in the areas of sales, service, social media, and marketing, as well as application and technology consultants, Enterprise and IT architects, system administrators and sponsors of former CRM applications, and everyone interested in SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer, SAP Hybris Marketing, SAP Hybris Commerce and the latest release of SAP CRM powered on SAP HANA. Sign up today!

Other current and upcoming courses:

Developing Web Apps with SAPUI5
Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World
Software Design for Non-Designers
Implementation of SAP BusinessObjects Cloud
Experience SAP Hybris Solutions
SAP Digital Boardroom in a Nutshell
Application Integration Made Simple with SAP HANA Cloud Integration

We hope to see you soon on a future openSAP course!

Happy learning!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Application Integration Made Simple with SAP HANA Cloud Integration* on openSAP!


Dear openSAP community,

SAP HANA Cloud Platform, integration service (formerly SAP HANA Cloud Integration) allows you to integrate cloud applications with on-premise solutions from SAP and other vendors. SAP HANA Cloud Platform, integration service allows you to integrate processes and data between cloud apps, 3rd party applications, and on-premises solutions with its open, flexible, on-demand integration system running as a core service on SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Join our new, free openSAP course, Application Integration Made Simple with SAP HANA Cloud Integration* where you will learn how to model, run, and monitor integration scenarios on HCI. Enrollment is now open and we invite you to join us from July 19.

We’re also proud to announce that openSAP recently received recognition for our German course (only available in German) to enable volunteers to teach German to refugees from, Deutschland – Land der Ideen (Germany – Land of Ideas). This initiative was founded by the federal government and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) in 2005.

Don’t forget, there are many other topics now available on openSAP:

SAP HANA Cloud Platform Essentials - SAP HANA CLOUD PLATFORM の重要事項
Developing Web Apps with SAPUI5
Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World
Software Design for Non-Designers
Implementation of SAP BusinessObjects Cloud
Experience SAP Hybris Solutions
SAP Digital Boardroom in a Nutshell

Enroll today and keep up to speed with SAP’s latest innovations!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

*) Please note: SAP HANA Cloud Integration was renamed SAP HANA Cloud Platform, integration service after this course was recorded.

Enroll today! SAP Digital Boardroom in a Nutshell


Dear openSAP community,

Today, we’re delighted to announce a new openSAP course, SAP Digital Boardroom in a Nutshell. The main aim of SAP Digital Boardroom is to give you a 360° view of your enterprise in real time and equips C-level executives with real-time contextual information and ad-hoc analysis. SAP Digital Boardroom contains 3 screens: The Overview screen, Content screen, and the Context screen. High-level as well as detail-level information is available to (executive) management members at all times (24/7).

SAP Digital Boardroom in a Nutshell aims to provide you with the steps you need to take to prepare a board meeting using SAP Digital Boardroom. This course is ideal for those already signed up for Implementation of SAP BusinessObjects Cloud or those interested in learning more about how you can use analytics for your board meetings. The course is just 2-3 hours of effort in total and the course content will be released on July 12. You will have ten weeks to complete the content and take a course assignment to earn a Record of Achievement.

Additional courses currently open for enrollment include:

High Availability and Disaster Recovery with the SAP HANA Platform
SAP HANA Cloud Platform Essentials (Also available in Japanese)
Developing Web Apps with SAPUI5
Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World
Software Design for Non-Designers
Implementation of SAP BusinessObjects Cloud
Experience SAP Hybris Solutions

We look forward to meeting you in the forums of a future course!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Sign up to Experience SAP Hybris Solutions & Software Design for Non-Designers


Dear openSAP community,

As some courses are coming to a close on openSAP, we’ve just opened enrollment for two new courses to continue your learning: Experience SAP Hybris Solutions and Software Design for Non-Designers.

Experience SAP Hybris Solutions
This course is aimed at everyone interested in learning about the new SAP front office solutions, beyond CRM. Experience SAP Hybris Solutions will explore a variety of solutions provided under the SAP Hybris umbrella including SAP Hybris Commerce, SAP Hybris Marketing, SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer, and SAP Hybris Billing. The course starts from June 20 and will provide you with hands-on exercises where you can experience the system yourself. The course will also show you the integration of the front office with back office, such as SAP S/4HANA, SAP CRM, SAP ERP, as well as non-SAP back office using open APIs.

There are also extensibility opportunities with SAP Hybris with adaptability made easy including key user tools that can be adapted without any coding necessary. If you are an SAP Partner, you will also benefit by learning about how to extend SAP Hybris as a service for partner extensions. If you previously took part in Experience SAP Cloud for Customer, this course will show you how you can take advantage of the additional solutions available from SAP Hybris.

Software Design for Non-Designers
Did you know that design can improve the adoption of your software application? By applying a few tangible techniques, you can create a delightful experience for your users and incorporate good design into your software – we call it design-led development. You don’t have to be a designer to embrace design as part of your everyday work. This six-week course, Software Design for Non-Designers, starts from June 1 and offers insights from thought leaders including Scott Klemmer, Professor of Design at UCSD & Stanford, Sam Yen, Chief Design Officer at SAP, and other leading experts in the field of design-led software development. In addition to the video units and examples from business applications, you will have the opportunity to complete hands-on exercises to help you understand how you can apply design successfully within the context of software development.

We have a range of topics currently running and opening soon on openSAP:
- High Availability and Disaster Recovery with the SAP HANA Platform
- SAP HANA Cloud Platform Essentials (SAP HANA CLOUD PLATFORM の重要事項)
- Developing Web Apps with SAPUI5
- Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World
- Implementation of SAP Cloud for Analytics

See you soon on a future course!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Learn How to Implement SAP Cloud for Analytics with openSAP


Dear openSAP community,

For those of you interested in learning more about SAP’s analytics solutions, you’ll be glad to see one of the new topics coming up in June on openSAP is Implementation of SAP Cloud for Analytics. This course is intended for customers, consultants, and partners ready to implement SAP Cloud for Analytics in the field.

Implementation of SAP Cloud for Analytics will help you succeed with your implementation of SAP Cloud for Analytics. The course is structured around implementation practices, including:

  • What questions to ask customers?
  • What implementation steps should you follow?
  • What is best practice implementation advice?
  • How do concepts apply in the system?
  • Where do you go for help?

The course will begin June 6 and will cover implementation methods for models, integration, security, and stories, and provide an overview of advanced features. Enrollment is now open!

Don’t forget our other upcoming courses at openSAP:

High Availability and Disaster Recovery with the SAP HANA Platform
SAP HANA Cloud Platform Essentials
SAP HANA Cloud Platform Essentials (Japanese)
Developing Web Apps with SAPUI5
Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World

We look forward to seeing you again in the near future!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Developing Web Apps with SAPUI5


Dear openSAP community,

If you’re a developer interested in learning more about mobile and app development, then you might be interested in our next course, Developing Web Apps with SAPUI5. The course is a coding deep dive into the main development concepts of SAP’s powerful UI development toolkit. SAPUI5 is a collection of UI libraries that support application developers in creating enterprise-ready user interfaces based on HTML5 and JavaScript. SAPUI5 contains many feature-rich controls and implements concepts designed as part of the award-winning SAP Fiori user experience. And it helps developers ease and speed up the development of full-blown HTML5 mobile and Web applications.

If you’re already taking part in “Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud”, then this course is a next step. Starting from scratch, you will build your own Web apps, adding more features with coding exercises step by step. The course begins May 24, with a preparation week opening from May 17 to help you understand the skill level required to complete the course and the exercises. This is an optional week and there are no assignments; but you can take the self-tests to check your knowledge, prior to the official start date.

In addition, if you’re a German speaker, you might be interested in this Hands on Industrie 4.0 course on MOOC House.

We hope to see you soon on a future openSAP course!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

New course: Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World


Dear openSAP community,

At openSAP, we’ve partnered with Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS) and SAP Corporate Social Responsibility and to bring you a new course, Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World. This course is aimed at those interested in developing entrepreneurial skills and learning about opportunities to put them into practice. The course will feature leading entrepreneurs, practitioners, and experts sharing their experiences from around the globe. The course begins May 30 and starts with a look at entrepreneurship today with a focus on current problems of migration in Germany and Europe, China, and Mexico. These problem cases will focus on migration at local, regional, and national levels, and demonstrate how social action and leadership can exert a positive impact on some of the unique challenges posed by mass migration.

Here are just some of the world’s famous entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs that you’ll meet during the course:

  • Muhammed Yunus: Founder of the Grameen Bank and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 2006
  • Zoran Puljic: Founder of Mozaik Foundation, helping citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina organize and advance their communities by providing financial and advisory assistance.
  • Hedda Pahlson-Moller: Business angel focused on impact investing at the seed capital stage through Omnisource International. Hedda runs Tiime, a catalyst for social impact.
  • Bill Liao: Social networking pioneer, CoderDojo co-founder and investor in The Hunger Project.
  • Alexander Osterwalder: Inventor of the Business Model Canvas and shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Innovation Award

There will also be a special track where learners can join a virtual group to develop business ideas to solve a social problem and receive coaching from the course experts. More details will be provided once the course begins.

As always, this course is open to everyone interested and is provided free of charge via openSAP. Enrollment is now open along with these other openSAP courses:

We hope to see you join us for this special GESS MOOC on openSAP!

With kind regards,

Your openSAP Team

New courses: SAP HANA, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, and Sustainability


Dear openSAP community,

As Q1 comes to a close, it’s time to start planning your learning for Q2 and openSAP is ready to get you started with new courses on SAP HANA and SAP HANA Cloud Platform, along with Sustainability Through Digital Transformation.

SAP HANA Core Knowledge Series
Continuing our SAP HANA Core Knowledge Series, the next course is High Availability and Disaster Recovery with the SAP HANA Platform, starting May 4. Companies have become more dependent upon their IT infrastructure and systems to perform important business tasks throughout their business days as well as outside business hours. It is critical that their IT systems do not fail and are available 24/7 to all end users. This course will provide a general overview of SAP HANA platform high availability and disaster recovery features. The course will also expand on the capabilities and demo videos will be provided to showcase the configurations and setup required for operations in a data center environment. The course will run over a three week period and is aimed at enterprise architects, system administrators, and database administrators. Learners taking part in this course should have a basic knowledge of database and software/hardware systems.

SAP HANA Cloud Platform
Our new SAP HANA Cloud Platform series begins with SAP HANA Cloud Platform Essentials, starting May 10 and running over six weeks. There’s good news for developers in Japan who would like to learn to develop with SAP HANA Cloud Platform as the course will also be provided in Japanese. As a developer, you will learn about the essential elements of SAP HANA Cloud Platform and how you can make the most of the variety of services it provides. This course is for both new and experienced learners so even if you’ve joined the previous SAP HANA Cloud Platform courses on openSAP, you will learn about the newly introduced services such as Internet of Things (IoT), gamification, mobile documents, and much more. Rui Nogueira and his team are ready to take you through SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

Sustainability Through Digital Transformation
Our Sustainability Snippets podcast has come to a close but the episodes remain available on openSAP. The new course Sustainability Through Digital Transformation begins April 13 and will help you understand why sustainability is good for business, and business is good for sustainability! The course will focus on seven of the UN Global Development Goals and explain how digitization is a key enabler to achieve these goals by 2030. Some of the goals featured include health and wellbeing, gender equality, and climate action. The course will include tangible examples linking technology trends, such as Internet of Things and Big Data, to solving these problems. The course is open to everyone and will be of particular interest to professionals and those interested in sustainability.

Other courses currently available:

Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud – 2016 Edition
Software Development on SAP HANA (Delta SPS 11)
Implementation of SAP S/4HANA
Implementation Made Simple for SAP SuccessFactors Solutions
Digital Transformation Across the Extended Supply Chain
SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA (Update Q2/2016)

We hope to see you soon on a future openSAP course!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA returns to openSAP


Dear openSAP community,

This April, SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA (Update Q2/2016) opens with a new module including updates SAP BW powered by SAP HANA 7.5. To support your company’s analysis, reporting and other business intelligence functions, a data warehouse acts as a central entry point and single point of truth for various data sources. SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA (Update Q2/2016) will introduce the renewed concepts and possibilities of SAP Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA.

This course introduces the major guiding points and semantics of a data warehouse, demonstrating them in a business scenario. With this course, you will learn and experience the latest developments with SAP BW 7.4 and 7.5 as well as opportunities for real-time data integration and agile data modelling approaches which haven’t been possible before. Enrollment is now open and the course begins April 6.

Our colleagues at openHPI are running a new course, Business Process and Decision Modeling, starting April 11. If you own a business or would like to learn how to manage business processes, take a look and sign up.

These courses are also open:

Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud – 2016 Edition
Software Development on SAP HANA (Delta SPS 11)
Implementation of SAP S/4HANA
Implementation Made Simple for SAP SuccessFactors Solutions
Digital Transformation Across the Extended Supply Chain
Sustainability Through Digital Transformation

Happy learning!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Digital Transformation Across the Extended Supply Chain


Dear openSAP community,

Our first course focused on the extended supply chain recently closed and many of you will be happy to hear that there is a follow-up course, Digital Transformation Across the Extended Supply Chain now open for enrollment. The course will start on March 15 with six weeks of new content.

This course will cover trends and challenges faced by business executives across the extended supply chain, and you will learn how SAP extended supply chain solutions address these challenges. The course is structured along the SAP extended supply chain value map. Each week will cover a different business priority of the value map.

  • Demand-Driven Business Planning
  • Response and Supply Orchestration
  • Efficient Logistics and Order Fulfillment
  • Sustainable Product Innovation
  • Automated Agile Manufacturing
  • Operational Excellence

Enroll today to continue your learning journey with Digital Transformation Across the Extended Supply Chain.

Recently, openSAP reached over one million course enrollments and there has been great excitement about this milestone. You can read about this in the following articles.
SAP celebrates 1 million online learning enrollments on the openSAP platform
openSAP MOOCs: 1 million enrollments and counting

We look forward to seeing you on one of our upcoming courses!

Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud – 2016 Edition
Software Development on SAP HANA (Delta SPS 11)
Implementation of SAP S/4HANA
Implementation Made Simple for SAP SuccessFactors Solutions
Sustainability Through Digital Transformation

Happy learning!

With thanks and kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Implementation of SAP S/4HANA Starting Soon @openSAP


Dear course participants,

Following our initial courses on SAP S/4HANA in 2015, the next course starts March 8 and is focused on Implementation of SAP S/4HANA. After this course you will understand the process of moving a complete SAP ERP application to SAP S/4HANA and how SAP Activate can support your SAP S/4HANA implementation. SAP Activate is the innovation adoption framework that expedites SAP S/4HANA implementations throughout the customer lifecycle. It offers ready-to-run digitized business and technology processes, guided configuration, and next-generation methodology.

Over a four week period, you will see a system conversion; moving a complete SAP ERP application and business processes supported by SAP ERP – from SAP Business Suite running on any database – to SAP S/4HANA on premise. There are also scenarios for new implementations for SAP S/4HANA, both in the cloud and on premise, including migration of legacy data. The course will provide an opportunity to complete hands-on exercises and is aimed at those involved in migration, configuration, integration, and extension in both IT and Business Professional roles. You’ll also hear from two customers who have already implemented SAP S/4HANA.

If you’d like to earn an openSAP SCN badge with your Record of Achievement, sign up to Implementation of SAP S/4HANA or any of our upcoming courses, and don’t forget to add your SAP ID to your openSAP profile.

Upcoming courses:

Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud – 2016 Edition – Starts February 24 (plus a chance to win an iPad Pro!)
Software Development on SAP HANA (Delta SPS 11) – Starts March 2
Implementation Made Simple for SAP SuccessFactors Solutions – Starts March 9
Sustainability Through Digital Transformation – Starts April 13

See you soon on openSAP!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

New SuccessFactors and SAP HANA courses now open for enrollment


Dear openSAP community,

With 2016 well underway, it’s time to announce just a few of our new openSAP courses to keep you up to date with SAP’s latest solutions!

For those of you with an interest in developing software on SAP HANA, you’ll be happy to see a new delta course for SAP HANA Support Pack Stack (SPS) 11. SAP HANA SPS 11 was released in Q4, 2015 and this course, Software Development on SAP HANA (Delta SPS 11), will bring you up to date with the newest features, focusing on an overview of the new architecture and the various expanded capabilities that SPS 11 makes possible. The course starts March 2, is just 3-4 hours effort in total, and will be open for five weeks.

Implementation Made Simple for SAP SuccessFactors Solutions is also new to openSAP and will help you understand the concept and value proposition of rapid-deployment solutions for SAP SuccessFactors. The course instructors will walk you through how to access and apply best practices for the HR line of business, such as SAP SuccessFactors core HR with Employee Central, Payroll, and Talent Management Suite. Implementation Made Simple for SAP SuccessFactors Solutions begins March 9 and runs over a four week period.

Both courses are now open for enrollment along with our other courses:
- Digital Transformation Across the Extended Supply Chain – In a Nutshell
- Text Analytics with SAP HANA Platform
- Reporting with SAP Business ByDesign
- Auch du kannst das. Deutsch für Asylbewerber. Ehrenamtlich.
- Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud – 2016 Edition
- Sustainability Through Digital Transformation

Don’t forget that if you have added your SAP ID to your openSAP profile and you earn a Record of Achievement in any of the above courses, you will receive an openSAP SCN badge. If you love to MOOC, don’t forget to check out the 2016 curriculum from our trusted partner, openHPI.

Wishing you a successful learning journey throughout 2016!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP team

Welcome back to openSAP 2016!


Welcome to 2016!

We, the openSAP team, are excited to get started in 2016. Just before we took our seasonal vacation, we reached 1 million enrollments on our platform; 500,000 of these were in 2015 alone! Thank you for your continued support and for joining our courses.

Here are some interesting statistics about openSAP!
- 6,000+ openSAP SCN badges awarded since September 2015 (Unique per user)
- ~ 40 courses delivered in 2015
- >85% of our learners come from outside SAP
- Learners come from >180 countries!
- >293k unique learners
- 85% of our learners are professionals
- 20-35% successful completion rate – academic MOOC providers report a 4-7% completion rate

We’re ready to kick off 2016 and hope you will join us to learn even more. We have five courses already open for enrollment and one kicked off this week; but there are lots more to come including an update of our popular SAP HANA Cloud Platform series (>110k enrollments), more on SAP S/4HANA, Supply Chain Management, SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Business Networks, and much more.

Courses available
- Digital Transformation Across the Extended Supply Chain – In a Nutshell
- Text Analytics with SAP HANA Platform
- Reporting with SAP Business ByDesign
- Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud – 2016 Edition
- Sustainability Through Digital Transformation

We’re also continuing our openSAP thought leaders program along with corporate social responsibility topics. From February 1, we will open a course for German speakers, Auch du kannst das. Deutsch für Asylbewerber. Ehrenamtlich, who would like to start volunteering to teach asylum seekers to speak German. The course focuses on the logistics around setting up classes, working with local city councils, and much more.

We hope to see you soon on one of our next courses and wish you a great start into the New Year!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

New courses open for enrollment & how do you use openSAP knowledge?


Dear openSAP community,

As 2015 comes to a close, we would like to thank you for signing up to learn about SAP’s latest innovations with us. We’ve enjoyed creating new courses with you and sharing knowledge on new topics to openSAP such as SAP S/4HANA, SuccessFactors, SAP NetWeaver, SAP Cloud for Customer, and our new openSAP thought leaders series with a focus on digital transformation. We are taking a break until January but we’re ready to kick start 2016 with a variety of new courses with enrollment now open!

Digital Transformation Across the Extended Supply Chain – In a Nutshell
Supply Chain Management has been an important element of business in the past and will retain its value throughout the digital transformation and beyond. But how has digitization impacted the supply chain and what do you need to know? This course will explain how resource scarcity, individualized products, sharing economy, and customer centricity affect the supply chain and why your business processes and systems need to evolve to remain competitive in the digital economy. The course begins January 11 and contains four hours of content in total.

Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud – 2016 Edition
Since the original course closed last May, there have been many new developments such as SAP Fiori 2.0 along with SAP Splash and Build. Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud – 2016 Edition is suitable for both learners that completed the previous course and newcomers to SAP Fiori. Along with new content, the challenge has also changed and is divided into two parts: the Design Challenge and the Develop Challenge. This time, winners of the Develop Challenge will win themselves an Apple iPad Pro! The course begins February 24 and runs over a ten week period.

Sustainability Through Digital Transformation
To help you understand the opportunities to become (more) sustainable through your digital transformation, openSAP is teaming up with the SAP Sustainability team to bring you a new podcast series, Sustainability Snippets, now available and a new course, Sustainability Through Digital Transformation, starting in April. As part of our Sustainability Snippets podcast series, Will Ritzrau and Christine Mueller from the SAP Sustainability team will discuss a variety of business and sustainability topics. The first podcast is now available and you will find a new episode published on the 15th of each month, up until the new course begins. Sustainability Through Digital Transformation will begin in April and will help to explain how business and sustainability go hand in hand with the digital transformation.

How do you use openSAP?
We’re interested in hearing about how you use the knowledge you’ve gained from openSAP. Have you used it to progress in your current role or to find a new role? If you’d like to share your feedback with us, drop us a mail to open@sap.com!

We hope to see you return to openSAP and learn more with us in 2016 and don’t forget Text Analytics with SAP HANA Platform and Reporting with SAP Business ByDesign are also open for enrollment.

If you’re taking a well-deserved vacation, relax and enjoy! If you’re staying in the office, don’t forget you can still enroll and access all openSAP courses in self-paced mode!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Enroll today: Reporting with SAP Business ByDesign


Dear openSAP community,

Earlier this year, many of you joined our first course on SAP Business ByDesign. Due to popular demand, SAP Business ByDesign is returning to openSAP in January 2016 with a new topic, Reporting with SAP Business ByDesign. This course is aimed at SAP Business ByDesign business users, analytics key and end users, and SAP partners.

With Reporting with SAP Business ByDesign, you will learn about the built-in analytics principles and how to use them effectively to meet your business needs. Week 1 of the course will explain the architecture of SAP Business ByDesign, the underlying data structure, and SAP Business ByDesign terminology. In the following weeks, you will have the opportunity to get hands-on practice.

As an end user, you’ll see how you can leverage analytical functionality in your daily business to support quick and informed decision making. For key users, the course will focus on adapting, creating, and extending reports according to the needs of the company and specific end user groups. From a functional point of view, you’ll learn about the creation of key figures and data sources, extensibility, report assignment, data extraction via OData and BW interfaces, and much more.

The course begins January 20 and runs over a four week period. Sign up today!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

SAP HANA: Text Analytics


Dear openSAP community,

To continue your learning journey with SAP HANA, we are happy to announce the new SAP HANA Core Knowledge Series. The first course in this series is Text Analytics with SAP HANA Platform.

The key to extracting important information from unstructured and semi-structured textual data is using natural-language processing. Text analytics within SAP HANA is a suite of linguistic, statistical, and machine learning capabilities that model and structure the information content of textual sources in multiple languages. This technology is a strategic asset that forms the foundation for natural-language processing for a range of discovery applications. With SAP HANA, text is a first-class data type.

Demos and optional hands-on exercises will be available in this course, so you can experience text analytics first-hand within SAP HANA. The course begins January 19 and will run over five weeks. Sign up today!

We hope to see you there!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP team

Introduction to Ariba


Dear openSAP community,

For those of you interested in learning about SAP Business Networks, we would like to invite you to join our next course, Introduction to Ariba. Through the Ariba Network, companies can collaborate with trading partners through a cloud-based community where buying, selling, and managing cash is simple and sharing best practices is as easy as sharing with friends on Facebook.

In this course, key leaders from Ariba will outline why the digital economy and business collaboration are so critical to gain a competitive edge, enable sustainable cost savings, and build stronger B2B relationships. Learners will learn that in order to keep up with the demands and expectations of a global marketplace, companies must connect, interact, and integrate faster and more efficiently than ever before. Enrollment is now open and the course begins November 10.

New openSAP iPad and Android apps

We’re happy to announce that you can now access your openSAP courses using your mobile device with our iPad and Android apps.

Download weekly learning content, including videos, to study offline

  • View courses with an easy-to-use interface for iPad
  • Complete online tests
  • Access your openSAP profile and learning progress
  • Contribute to discussion forums when online

Download

openSAP on Apple iTunes
openSAP on Google PlayStore

We hope you enjoy learning with our new apps and happy learning!

With kind regards,
The openSAP Team

Cybersecurity – The essential challenge for digital transformation


Dear openSAP community,

Next week sees the start of our first openSAP thought leaders course, Leadership in Digital Transformation by Professor Dr. Helmut Krcmar, Technische Universitat Munchen. Today, we’re opening enrollment for our second thought leaders course, Cybersecurity – The Essential Challenge for Digital Transformation by Professor Christoph Meinel, HPI Potsdam.

Through our openSAP thought leaders series, we aim to share the importance of your business undertaking a digital transformation and becoming the disruptor rather than the disrupted. But we also want to raise your awareness regarding elements of digital transformation that you should consider both during and after your transformation.

Throughout Cybersecurity – The Essential Challenge for Digital Transformation, Professor Meinel will highlight the security risks that are presented with digital transformation and point out possible threats, but will also look at solutions and provide advice on how to behave and protect your business against these risks. This course begins November 11 and will run over a four week period. The course content will contain two weeks of content on the topics of Digital World and cybersecurity, and cybersecurity in context.

We hope you enjoy learning about digital transformation with our academic thought leaders. The courses delivered through the openSAP thought leaders series are created by the professors and their teams in their respective universities.

See you soon on openSAP!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP team

Simplify your SAP Netweaver Upgrades & Extend Your SAP Products with SAP HANA Cloud Platform


Dear openSAP community,

We hope you’re enjoying the new semester at openSAP so far and that you’re well on your way to earning your first openSAP SCN badge. To meet your learning needs, there are two new courses now open for enrollment at openSAP: SAP Netweaver Upgrades in a Nutshell and Extending SAP Products with SAP HANA Cloud Platform (Updated).

SAP Netweaver Upgrades in a Nutshell is designed to help you understand the technical background of SAP Netweaver upgrades as well as the tools and general steps needed to perform an upgrade end to end. This course will explain the purpose of upgrades, how to check for supported platforms, and how to locate guides in SAP Service Marketplace. You will also learn how to use the Maintenance Planner, Maintenance Optimizer and Software Update Manager. After the course has completed you will understand the entire end to end process for SAP Netweaver upgrades, making the process simpler for you and your colleagues. SAP Netweaver Upgrades in a Nutshell starts November 2 and contains 3-4 hours of content in total with the course assignment closing December 1.

Extending SAP Products with SAP HANA Cloud Platform (Updated) begins November 3 and includes updates to previous modules along with an additional module on SAP Cloud for Customer. With this course, you'll learn about most of the extension options that SAP products support, and explore the required technologies and tools that will help you to gain traction in that space. As part of the course, you’ll create your first extensions for SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite and SAP Cloud for Customer, as well as experiment with different collaboration options in SAP Jam. You’ll get free access to the corresponding system APIs, which you can use after the course as well for follow-up prototyping and experiments. Extending SAP Products with SAP HANA Cloud Platform (Updated) begins November 3, 2015 and enrollment is now open.

Don’t forget to carefully read the weekly emails during your course to stay up to date with the latest deadlines and information to help you to successfully complete your course. We have a wide range of courses now open for enrollment along with our new openSAP thought leaders series. Take a look at our other topics now available on openSAP and enroll today!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Welcoming SAP Business Networks & SAP S/4HANA Use Cases to openSAP


Dear openSAP community,

We hope you’re enjoying our current courses on SAP Cloud for Customer, sustainability, and software development on SAP HANA. For those of you with interests in other topics, we’re opening three additional courses for enrollment today. We’re welcoming a new topic to openSAP, SAP Business Networks, and we’re broadening our SAP S/4HANA portfolio with use cases along with an updated version of the SAP S/4HANA in a Nutshell course. So what will you learn and who are these courses aimed at?

With business networks such as Ariba, Concur, and Fieldglass, businesses can connect with stakeholders to help drive their business further. This new openSAP course SAP Business Networks in a Nutshell will provide you with an introduction to SAP’s Business Network Group. If you’re interested in procurement, travel and expense management, or managing contingent workforce, join this course for an introduction to business networks and what they do. Sign up for free today.

SAP S/4HANA – Use Cases is structured along the use cases of SAP S/4HANA and will showcase values across the innovation areas, taking into consideration both the business and the technical (IT) perspectives for each selected example. The course will feature ten use cases across a variety of roles within your organization including sales and marketing, finance, HR, and Governance, Risk, and Compliance. Sign up today for SAP S/4HANA – Use Cases.

We’re also launching an updated version of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA in a Nutshell featuring updated information along with a new unit on SAP Activate, starting October 28. SAP Activate is the new innovation adoption accelerator introduced with SAP S/4HANA, a unique combination of SAP Best Practices, Methodology, and Guided Configuration delivered with a reference solution. Stay up to date with the latest updates by signing up today.

Additional courses currently open for enrollment:

Sustainability and Business Innovation (Repeat)
Experience SAP Cloud for Customer
Software Development on SAP HANA (Delta SPS 09, Repeat)
Leadership in Digital Transformation
Run Simple HR with SuccessFactors Employee Central
Developing Mobile Apps with SAP HANA Cloud Platform
Africa Code Week: Teaching Programming to Young Learners (Also available in French)
Africa Code Week: Teens Get Coding! (Also available in French)

Stay tuned to openSAP for further courses coming soon!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Learn to Develop Mobile Apps with SAP HANA Cloud Platform


Dear openSAP community,

Many of you have been eagerly awaiting a follow-up to one of our first openSAP courses, Introduction to Mobile Solution Development. Today, we are delighted to announce that enrollment is now open for Developing Mobile Apps with SAP HANA Cloud Platform, starting from October 27.

This course is aimed at developers from all company sizes and will enable you to create mobile applications in the cloud and develop secure mobile apps. Developing Mobile Apps with SAP HANA Cloud Platform will show you to extend, build, and run business applications on mobile devices in the cloud. The course will focus on using SAP Fiori client to host content and build mobile qualities, such as push notifications, lifecycle management, application security, offline use, and much more. The course will show you how to mobilize an SAP Fiori app but you can apply the knowledge you learn to build native apps for both Android and iOS devices. To participate in the exercises, you will need to be an administrator on your computer to ensure you can configure and set up the system correctly. Although the course begins on October 27, there will be videos available from October 13. These videos will enable you to get your system configured and be ready to hit the ground running once the content is released from October 27.

On Monday, September 7, the fourth iteration of Prof. Hasso Plattner's course, In-Memory Data Management started on openHPI. It is a repetition of the 2014 course and builds on the revised material. The 6-week course will be held in English and gives you a deep dive into the inner mechanics of an in-memory database and its impact on enterprise applications. The iteration further explains the benefits of removing aggregates and also showcases new use cases of in-memory data management in industry and research. These applications are presented in guest talks by various speakers, among them Bernd Leukert, member of the SAP executive board.

Last week, we announced our new channel at openSAP, the openSAP thought leaders series with Professor Krcmar from Technische Universität München, Germany presenting the first course, Leadership in Digital Transformation. The course begins October 6 and contains two weeks content with the weekly assignments available until November 4.

Introducing the openSAP SCN Badge and extended deadlines!

Are you an SAP Community Network user? If so, you might be interested in earning an openSAP SCN badge. All you need to do is successfully complete a course with openSAP to earn the badge. We recommend that you add your SAP ID to your openSAP profile to ensure you receive your badge. More details can be found on our openSAP SCN Space.

Starting from this September, all openSAP courses will have an extended deadline and you will have an additional 12 hours to complete your weekly assignments and final exam. Check your new deadlines carefully in your course announcements! Check out our other courses that are now available on openSAP:

Sustainability and Business Innovation (Repeat)
Experience SAP Cloud for Customer
Software Development on SAP HANA (Delta SPS 09, Repeat)
Leadership in Digital Transformation
Run Simple HR with SuccessFactors Employee Central
Africa Code Week: Teaching Programming to Young Learners (Repeat)
Africa Code Week: Teens Get Coding!
Africa Code Week : Enseigner la programmation aux enfants
Africa Code Week : Les ados se mettent au code!

We hope to see you soon on one of our future courses!

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Introducing the openSAP Thought Leaders Series


Dear openSAP community,

Businesses are undergoing a digital transformation, presenting a number of challenges leading to a change in customers’ expectations and requiring businesses to change in order to meet their customers’ needs.

To help our learners to understand the impact of digital transformation on their business and gain the skills needed for digital transformation, we’re happy to introduce a new channel on openSAP – the openSAP thought leaders series.
The openSAP thought leaders series will deliver courses on the topic of digital transformation by business and academic leaders, from outside SAP, who are thought leaders in their area. Often businesses face challenges such as complexity and a lack of knowledge in this era of the digital economy. To help our customers to understand why they need to simplify their business processes and move towards a digital platform, we have invited thought leaders to share their insights with the world.

We are delighted to welcome Professor Dr. Krcmar from Technische Universität München, Germany as our first thought leader on our new channel. Dr. Krcmar’s course, Leadership in Digital Transformation, is now open for enrollment and begins October 6, 2015. Helmut Krcmar is professor of Information Systems in the Department of Informatics at the Technische Universität München (TUM).

In this course, you’ll learn about the characteristics of digital transformation, how it evolved, and how the organizational and technological changes associated with digital transformation change the role, the skills, and the concept of leadership. This course contains two weeks content but you have until November 4 to complete two weekly assignments and earn a Record of Achievement.

Stay tuned to the openSAP thought leaders series to enable you and your business to successfully complete your digital transformation and find simplicity. Be the disruptor not the disrupted!

Sign up today to learn about Leadership in Digital Transformation by Prof. Dr. Krcmar.

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Encourage Young Learners to Code!


Dear openSAP community,

Earlier this year, we launched a course on openSAP dedicated to teaching programming skills to young learners and it was a great success! To coincide with the Africa Code Week and EU Code Week initiatives to promote coding to young learners, openSAP is providing two courses to help children and teenagers to learn to code starting October 1. So whether you’ve got children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or even the neighbours’ children, get involved and encourage them to sign up and get a head start in the world of coding!

The first course Teaching Programming to Young Learners is aimed at teachers, parents, and guardians of children aged 8-11 years old. The second course, Teens Get Coding is aimed at teenagers aged 12-17 and will introduce coding in a fun and interactive way.

Both courses will teach learners to create their own interactive stories, games, and animations using the free MIT program, Scratch, in a suitable way for their age group. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

We are also happy to announce that these courses are offered in both English and French. You can register for the French versions here:
8-11 years old: Teaching Programming to Young Learners
12-17 years old: Teens Get Coding!

We’ve also added our openSAP China courses to our global platform so you might notice some courses in Chinese! Our SAP S/4 HANA Deep Dive course is now available on openSAP China so feel free to spread the word to your colleagues and friends that might be interested.

Don’t forget we have a range of other courses opening very soon so register today and avoid missing out!

Experience SAP Cloud for Customer
Run Simple HR with SuccessFactors Employee Central
Sustainability and Business Innovation (Repeat)
Software Development on SAP HANA (Delta SPS 09, Repeat)

We hope to see you and your young learners joining us this October on openSAP.

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

Run Simple HR with SuccessFactors Employee Central


Dear openSAP community,

Earlier this year, over 10,000 of you signed up to learn about SuccessFactors Solutions in our first openSAP SuccessFactors course with almost 25% of participants earning a Record of Achievement. Since the course was popular with our community, we’re running another SuccessFactors course, Run Simple HR with SuccessFactors Employee Central, starting this October.

This course is aimed at administrative users of SuccessFactors Employee Central and will include an overview of the system with demos of Core HR for employees, managers, and HR administrators. Demos will include how to affect organizational and position management, as well as how to set up rules and workflows. You’ll learn about Global Payroll and Benefits, and country-based benefits using Employee Central Payroll and the Payroll Control Center. You’ll also learn how to configure deductions and advances, as well as reporting and analytics. Finally, you will learn how to configure Employee Central for absence management and time sheets.

For those of you who are not familiar with SuccessFactors Employee Central, this cloud system is used by employees, managers, and HR administrators with easy access to payroll, benefits, leave requests, time sheet management, and much more. The course begins October 13 and contains three weeks of content: Overview, Global Payroll & Benefits, and Time & Attendance. Although the course is aimed at existing users, it’s also suitable for learners interested in finding out more about SuccessFactors Employee Central.

Other courses now open for enrollment include:
- Experience SAP Cloud for Customer
- Sustainability and Business Innovation (Repeat)
- Software Development on SAP HANA (Delta SPS 09, Repeat)

If you’re a frequent user of SAP Community Network (SCN), then keep an eye on the openSAP SCN space this week for a special announcement! We hope to see you during our new learning year at openSAP,

With kind regards,
Your openSAP Team

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