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Whats your Industry - University model to cover SAP skills gap?

There are 2 streams running. The Industry and University.

The general thinking is that University produces fresheres and Industry needs experienced folks, (even freshers).

With SAP never tired to innovate, the experienced folks must catch up to remain uptodate.

So, the bottomline is there is always a gap either with freshers or experienced folks when SAP marches ahead with Innovation.

Can Universities play a imporant role to bridge this gaps for freshers as well as experianced folks is the point.

How can that be done? What are your thoughts for that? How can the Industry feel that their employees are upto the mark with SAP? Who can authenticate that? Can Universities do that in collaboration with SAP?

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  • Posted on Jun 26, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Satish,

    Hi! You are very thoughtful in your observations.

    There are 2 ways to approach it: individual and group.

    • Individual - Focus on your skills, education, and work experiences. Pinpoint opportunities in key areas such as business and IT (finance, operations, supply chain, human capital mangement, etc.) or emerging trends such as mobility, HANA, business analytics. You be the change. You fill the gaps. Meet people in the current roles that interest you and ask them how they got their position? How did they fill out the gaps? And have a solid initial background in TERP10 certification (if possible) - UA SAP Certification

    • Group - Best in practice universites work with SAP customers and partners to build advisory and networking groups. They share insights on current and desired skills. They work together to fill the gaps from the class room to the jobs. SAP User Groups (SAP User Groups) are interested in this approach. This can take time but it's worth it if the right leaders are interested.

    Yes, the SAP University Alliances program is all about that collaboration? Your university should have connecting points which include professors who are interested and engaged in the program by teaching SAP-related curricula in the classroom. Maybe there's a student club who shares this interest as well? The SAP UA brochure has some background on these points - University Alliances Overview

    Best regards,

    Richard

    SAP University Alliances

    Program Leader

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