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Nearly 300 professors attended the SAP Academic Conference Americas Feb. 21-23, 2013 in Milwaukee, WI. The event showcased SAP’s innovation platform – which includes SAP HANA offerings, enterprise mobility, and analytics. "Curriculum Across the Disciplines" breakout session leaders shared insights on opportunities to leverage new curriculum including SAP HANA to prepare students for the future.


Accounting: Getting Away from Point and Click

This session featured a lively discussion of teaching methods, successes and experiences in teaching accounting classes using SAP. The presenters discussed how to manage student expectations for better acceptance and results; and how to demonstrate relevance of the SAP exercises to accounting concepts. Sample assignments were provided to session participants.

Nancy Jones, California State University Chico and Ronny Daigle, Sam Houston State University 

Analytics: From Big Data to Insight

With the volume of data increasing exponentially, managing large datasets and generating analytic insights has become an imperative. This session focused on experiences teaching with SAP HANA software and SAP BusinessObjects, as well as other analytics curriculum. Attendees learned how to prepare students with this critical skill.

Bjarne Berg, Lenoir-Rhyne University

Adrian Gardiner, Georgia Southern University


Certification: Opportunities for Students

This session explained SAP certifications and other recognition opportunities to prepare students to better compete in a competitive job market. The session focus was the TERP10 Student Certification Academy…what it is, the value for students, how to get started, best practices for student success, and what’s new.

Ross Hightower, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bob Szymanski, Georgia Southern University

Computer Science & Information Technology

Designed for faculty who teach technical courses in the areas of IS, IT, and CS, this breakout session reviewed the current SAP University Alliances curriculum available for SAP NetWeaver, SAP Mobile Platform, and SAP ABAP. The instructors shared their experiences and lessons learned and discussed opportunities to create new courses based on these technologies. Integration of curricula into existing IT and CS courses was also reviewed.

Jim Lee, Brigham Young University Hawaii

Camille Rogers, Georgia Southern University

Information Systems: Innovating ERP Courses

Attendees learned how professors teach business processes and configuration with SAP ERP and the Global Bike, Fitter Snacker, BPI and FlyaKite/Quazi cases. In addition, they gained insight on introducing analytics, mobility, and in-memory computing with the SAP HANA platform, so students understand how organizations leverage data in ERP to innovate their business models.

Ellen Monk, University of Delaware

Fawzi Noman, Sam Houston State University

Bret Wagner, Western Michigan University

Marketing & Management: Customer & Talent Management

Human Capital Management and Customer Relationship Management are two areas of interest to management faculty. This session examined how SAP ERP Human Capital Management and SAP Customer Relationship Management can be leveraged by professors to educate students in these important areas.

Andre Siegling, Otto von Guericke University

Kathleen Utecht, Sam Houston State University

Operations & Supply Chain Management: Using SAP ERP & SAP SCM

This session provided an overview of SAP University Alliances curriculum focusing on operations and supply chain management. Recent and planned changes in curricular offerings using SAP ERP and SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM) were discussed. Professors also reviewed the approaching role of analytics, mobility, and the SAP HANA platform in SCM curriculum.

Ray Boykin, Virginia State University

Mark Springer, Western Washington University

Strategy: Innovating Executive Education

Enterprise Systems are an important change lever for executives reinventing the structure and management of organizations. In this session, attendees learned how ERP simulation can be used in executive education to provide a holistic picture of the role enterprise systems play in supporting business strategy.

Pierre-Majorique Leger, HEC Montreal