Case: Learning sap

Learning SAP Can Be This Easy

Learning from a “real” company: This is the innovative training approach of our new training partner in4MD Service GmbH. Our SAP Academy participants learn complex SAP expertise in a practical and easy-to-understand manner using a model company.

SAP is not only comprehensive but also fluid and constantly changing. New tools and services are added, others are dropped. This makes it important for both newcomers to SAP and SAP users to be informed about the complete range of services. They need to keep their knowledge up to date at all times. So, what is the easiest way to learn? 

It is quite simple and only by trying out real scenarios based on a “real” company – Otto Bikes. The innovative training approach of our partner in4MD Service, which enables exactly that, is called “Guided Learning”. It is primarily aimed at SAP newbies, but is also suitable for experienced users who want to continue to develop their skills in an increasingly fast-changing IT world. Babett Ruß is our SAP training and hosting expert. She has accompanied our SAP Academy with Capgemini from the very beginning and trained the participants at the SAP model company.

“Guided learning”: Learning is that easy 

Since SAP is so extensive, we always start on a theoretical level with all participants. This provides a good overview of the individual level of knowledge. After that, the specialist knowledge is then imparted in varying depths and granularity. That is the basis. The difference to other trainings is the implementation. Everything that we discuss theoretically can be implemented by the participants themselves in a virtual model company. This implementation is extensively documented step by step. Our training materials are detailed, informative and ensure that no one gets lost on the path of trying things out for themselves.”

Babett Ruß, Trainer SAP Academy and Division Manager at in4MD Service GmbH

Within the framework of the SAP Academy, the knowledge transfer takes place bundled within three months. The highlight: The theoretical skills are applied to the SAP model company Otto Bikes, a fictitious bicycle company. The basis is the data set of the model company. The individual processes have a modular structure. They contain presentation slides, introductory exercises and cross-module case studies that demonstrate basic concepts as well as more detailed information. The documents can be used via various user interfaces, such as the SAP GUI and the browser-based SAP Fiori for SAP S/4HANA. 

Otto bikes: The sap model company

The fictitious company Otto Bikes uses SAP. This allows SAP Academy participants to gain authentic practical experience. The idea and the implementation come from in4MD Service, our cooperation partner. By directly applying the knowledge to a real company, understanding and applying integrated business processes in a complex SAP S/4HANA system becomes simple and easy to understand. Otto Bikes is suitable for SAP starters as well as advanced SAP users. This is because the modular structure of the training system clearly breaks down complex business processes into individual topic areas. The individual topics are first explained theoretically and then directly applied in case studies.

focus and goal of sap academy

“Learning SAP means learning a new language. That’s why I start all my training courses very systematically. It’s especially important to me to make sure participants don’t get too overloaded. The knowledge is modular and no one has to be able to do everything in one day. My focus is on reducing fear of contact, building up basic understanding and, above all, enabling people to help themselves.”

Babett Ruß, Trainer SAP Academy and Division Manager at in4MD Service GmbH

Where do I find help? How do I deal with problems? What do I do when the system doesn’t want what I want? These and similar questions come up again and again in the courses. Here, too, the trainers are always at the side of the participants -¬ there is also help in peer-to-peer learning. Babett Ruß also has a “secret weapon”: Humor. When IT is theoretically dry, her everyday anecdotes and jokes lighten things up.

learning from the best

At the heart of all Academy Work Academy trainings is the underlying pedagogy, which focuses on hands-on, fast-paced learning, continuous teamwork, and constant feedback. Training is always based on concrete, job-related tasks that are relevant to subsequent roles in the workplace. Accelerated learning is therefore a fast and efficient way to acquire new knowledge. Elementary for our pedagogy are the trainers. They all have practical experience and are true professionals in their respective fields. This is also the case in our cooperation with the team from in4MD Service. The trainers, such as Babett Ruß, are all former employees of the SAP University Competence Center in Magdeburg. The SAP UCC hosts SAP solutions for hundreds of German and international institutions and educational facilities, making it the largest center of its kind in the world. In order to be able to optimally support the educational institutions in their training and teaching, curricula are offered that are adapted to the hosting services. This means that our trainers at the SAP Academy are experienced in SAP hosting and in the creation of learning materials.


SAP for future?!

What role will SAP play in the future? Is it really worth investing in SAP know-how?

“SAP runs the world… and we help. The world needs to become more digital; the shortage of skilled workers and our ever-increasing demands almost automatically ensure turbo-digitization! SAP will play a decisive role in this. I am convinced of that those who know SAP will definitely be able to choose their jobs in the future.

Babett Ruß, SAP Academy trainer and division manager at in4MD Service GmbH

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