SAP has announced several changes to the way its learning offerings are structured.
The first, revealed at the 19th SAP Academic Conference Americas, is an expansion of its SAP University Alliances program, to include offerings for business leaders, IT executives and experts, as well as end users seeking to drive digital transformation.
To be offered by institutions in the SAP University Alliances network, the new options will include dedicated executive education programs, learning modules, and innovation workshops.
Digital transformation info days will also be on the agenda, to bring together academics and SAP experts and customers. These events will provide connections between industry and university faculty to launch SAP Next-Gen Consulting program projects, enabling professionals to create innovative design concepts and prototype solutions using SAP technologies to solve real-world challenges. This program is also expected to be a fruitful recruiting ground.
Participants in the program may also make digital transformation incubator trips to Silicon Valley, and may benefit from a digital transformation executive alumni network.
“The extension of SAP University Alliances is a natural next step for today’s strong academic community, which SAP has been building with member schools all over the world,” said Dr Bernd Welz, executive vice president and head of scale, enablement and transformation, SAP SE.
SAP has also unveiled a streamlined acceleration program for the cloud-based SAP Learning Hub, designed to simplify the program and offer “an even more attractive price structure”.
In response to user feedback, SAP has organised the Learning Hub offering into three main editions: professional, user and student.
SAP will also launch a special edition of Learning Hub for SAP Enterprise Support customers. In 2015, the company ran a successful pilot offering content related to SAP S/4HANA for key users, and this will be offered more broadly to all S/4 HANA customers this year, with a full catalogue of offerings added on a gradual basis throughout 2016.
SAP has also standardised the indirect sales model for SAP Learning Hub, and will add the SAP Live Access environment to the reseller portfolio, which significantly increases the number of available courses in 2016, and has a tiered pricing structure which will make it more attractive for larger organisations.
SAP Live Access provides more than 250 SAP training system environments to allow users to practice their skills and build experience with the solutions in a private SAP software environment.