This past week, SAP’s Sue Martin (Global Certification Director) and Tim Breitwieser (Global Education Portfolio Manager) provided an ASUG webcast regarding the SAP Certification program and what is new with the BusinessObjects Certification Program. This webcast was hosted by the ASUG BusinessObjects Strategic Special Interest Group.
Sue explained that they are transforming the certification program with input from various user groups.
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Figure 1 shows what SAP is trying to achieve with certification. Certification is to ensure skill quality.
SAP is looking at what they can improve and enhance through global certification, recognizing the speed of change in the SAP world, and what can apply in marketplace to ensure implementation projects are on time.
Several changes are being made based on feedback. They have moved to a job-task analysis rather than product-function-feature test. They want real life experience and not just based on training.
What are the mission critical tasks that you need to know – implementation, optimization, running. They want to include relevant practice experience.
In the cecond area, transformation, they obtained stakeholder feedback via surveys from 12000+ who have been certified – what has it done for your career path, competitive advantage and drive recognition for your SAP skills.
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In the past, certifications were based on implementations and now they want to move to a plan-build-run and focus on the advanced experience levels. Multiple certification levels arose from this. Sue said they are working with the Certification Influence Council and more flexible delivery capabilities through the VUE test centers.
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Figure 3 shows the 3 tiers of certification. Master level is not available yet.
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Sue said SAP has worked internally to get its own consultants certified (left of Figure 4). They are focusing on increasing the value of certification.
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Sue said since SAPPHIRE Orlando they have had a Certification Influence Council (CIC), to help determine the strategic direction of the program and to give insight to pain points. They met face to face in Madrid and have task forces to drive improvement.
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Figure 6 shows the initial requirements and response; people wanted a faster certification exam. SAP’s response was to offer a HANA certification exam with a short ramp-up time and looking at how to generally accelerate process. SeeGain a Competitive Edge with SAP HANA Certification from SAP Educationre: SAP HANA certification.
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Figure 7 shows the CIC task forces.
The Awareness task force is getting the word out on what is included in the certification program
Education & portfolio ensures that job task analysis is validated
Certification Level looks at when is the right time, format for certifications.
BusinessObjects Certification Program
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Figure 8 shows that SAP is emphasizing role-based education. Training is also available in virtual classrooms.
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Figure 9 shows coverage of existing solutions and the new BI solution and training via multiple delivery channels
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Exam is 80 questions and multiple choice
Crystal 2011 sample questions can be found here
Link to the training catalog for Crystal Reports 2011 can be found here
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Figure 12 shows Web Intelligence – based on a 3 day class. BOW315 and BOW325 are e-learning courses. Link to sample questions can be found here.
This is the Web Intelligence certification link is here.
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Figure 13 shows the BI Platform (formerly known as BusinessObjects Enterprise) exam. BOE315 and BOE325 are offered as e-learning. Link to the training catalog can be found here.