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lori.williamssap, SAP, spoke at SAP Inside Track New York the other week.  You can watch the recording of this at with thanks to marilyn.pratt

Figure 1: Source: SAP

Lori provided an overview shown in Figure 1.  She said the SAP Mentor landscape has been helpful.  The magic is how you write the test for certification.

SAP is a software organization using certification to give you a measurable  results to show that you know something and know how to do something.

Lori said it used to be very task oriented and that now it is more business process focused.

She said they are looking for role-based versus task based

Figure 1 shows 2 tiers of certification, associate and professional

Figure 2: Source: SAP

Figure 2 asks “Who should be certified?” and describes the various roles.

Figure 3: Source: SAP

Lori said that in North America 64% of the courses are done virtually.  

Figure 3 shows the different areas of training available.

Note the bottom of Figure 3 for what purpose certification serves.

Figure 4: Source: SAP

Lori said the e-academy (something I was not aware of) offers e-learning over a period of time.

The attendee has access to a training server and has the ability to call a SME or “phone a friend” for help.

Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows the goals and objectives of the SAP Certification Influence Council, of which SAP Mentors Jon Reed and Martin Gillet participate.  It includes all regions, with both customers and partners represented.

Figure 6: Source: SAP

Lori said the council meets quarterly and you can see the composition of participants includes SAP, SUGEN, SAP Mentors and others.

Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows the task forces of the Certification Influence Council

Figure 8: Source: SAP

Figure 8 shows the 2012 priorities of the certification influence council.  Lori said the job task analysis needs to be extensive.  She said the recertification concept is still being fleshed out and worked.  Their goal is to review the master level certification options by end of 2012.

Figure 9: Source: SAP

Figure 9 shows future highlights.  Lori said they would like to form a community for those who hold certification and have a plan for re-certification

My thanks to Lori Williams and Diane Bradley of SAP Education for supporting SAP Inside Track New York.