Certificate Program

Systems Applications and Products(SAP)

Validate your SAP skills in the global market and Increase your organization’s revenue

Overview

Most organizations in the world use ERP software, which centralizes business processes, and enables the collection, storage, management, and interpretation of data from various business divisions. It is also used to automate and streamline interdepartmental workflows. Over 80% of corporates all over the world use SAP systems, and over 76% of revenue transactions touch an SAP system at some point.

SAP (Systems, Applications, and Products) is a global leader in ERP applications. In this context, it is critical to understand and work with SAP software to position oneself in a competitive job market. SAP ERP products such as SAP BI (Business Intelligence), SAP CRM (Customer Relationship Management), and many more are specially tailored for certain business areas such as Supply Chain Management, Finance, HR, and others. Specializations in these areas can strengthen one’s career to reach future goals quicker. 

ITU is a proud member of the SAP University Alliance, a global program, enabling over 3,200 educational institutions globally to integrate the latest SAP technologies into teaching. Upon successful completion of 3 or more approved ERP/SAP courses at ITU, students are eligible to receive a Joint Recognition Award Certificate from the SAP University Alliance and ITU. Several SAP courses also help prepare students for higher-level SAP and/or other Business Certifications.

Why Should I Learn SAP

  • This will help you maximize software adoption and productivity with targeted, learner-centric platforms delivered online, on-site, virtually, and in the flow of work
  • This will also help you and enables your business and organization to always stay ahead of the competition by creating a culture of continuous learning, keep pace with technology advances, and innovate faster
  • This will also assist you in driving faster innovation, enhances resiliency, and keeps you up to speed with evolving technology through a dynamic culture of continuous learning.
  • *Recent Pearson VUE reports shown that SAP Certificate helps individuals to leverage their career by increasing their salary and wages by 35% and accelerating their output by 44% (Retrieved from https://training.sap.com/certification)
  • *IDC Report sponsored by SAP has shown that businesses that implemented SAP improved their business process by 30% and has an increase of 671% ROI within three years(Retrieved from https://www.sap.com/documents/2020/07/7632b95e-a37d-0010-87a3-c30de2ffd8ff.html)

Curriculum

Cost: $6100

Total Required: Take three ERP/SAP Courses to receive a Joint Recognition Award Certificate from the SAP University Alliance and ITU. Several ERP/SAP courses also help prepare students for higher-level SAP and/or other Business Certifications.

Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 4-12 months.

Nutan Bhat

Instructor

Nutan is a full-time member and core faculty of Business faculty at ITU. She primarily teaches SAP courses and is responsible for building the ERP/SAP University Alliance Program on campus. She is also a contributor to ITU Business Department’s ACBSP Accreditation and assessment efforts.

She brings to each class she teaches over 10 years of corporate experience in industries such as Utilities (Electricity, Gas, Communications, and others), Food Manufacturing, and Retailing, and others. Her career has spanned several functional SAP modules such as Finance and Controlling, Materials Management, Fulfillment, Enterprise Asset Systems, Business Warehousing, and Business Intelligence Reporting. She has been consistently awarded for “Making Things Happen” and “Rethinking Business Processes”. Her skills profile and core competencies include Financial & Managerial Accounting, Financial Planning, Reporting, and Analysis, Regulatory Compliance, Consolidation, Audit Liaison, Contract Reviews, and IFRS/GAAP Consulting. Her classes integrate her professional experiences, latest SAP technologies as well as academic rigor to prepare students for a future in the corporate world. Students have found her courses of immense value in their careers and routinely bring real-world industry questions to the classroom for discussions and case study analyses.

Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, reading, dancing, and music and also an active Area Director with Toastmasters International.

COURSES

INTRODUCTION TO ERP SYSTEMS USING SAP

This course is a general overview of the SAP ERP System concepts and tools. It introduces SAP as one of the ERP systems and explains how the fundamental business processes interact in SAP ERP in the functional areas of Sales and Distribution, Materials Management, Production Planning, Financial Accounting, Controlling, Human Capital Management, Project Systems, and Enterprise Asset Management. The course is presented in lecture format with open discussion and hands-on problem-solving exercises.

ADVANCED BUSINESS APPLICATION PROGRAMMING 

ABAP is the language for programming SAP’s Web Application Server, part of SAP’s NetWeaver platform for building business applications. This course introduces the ABAP language environment, including the syntax checking, code generation and runtime system, and various features of ABAP Programming. Though this course starts from basics it’s useful if students have basic programming knowledge with object-oriented concepts and knowledge of relational database design. Students will get hands-on experience with scenarios, which will be discussed and worked on, in class on the SAP system. Students will be given programming tasks to work on. 

ACT 603 Accounting Information Systems using SAP

Prerequisites: ACT 500, or basic knowledge of accounting. This course addresses the development and use of accounting information systems for managerial control and external reporting, focusing on reporting objectives, management needs, documentation, security, and internal controls. The course will cover concepts and principles of financial accounting fundamentals and how to identify, measure and report on the financial effects of economic events on enterprises. Topics include accrual accounting concepts; preparation, understanding and analysis of financial statements; accounting for sales and cost of sales and procurement of materials.

ENTERPRISE PORTAL TECHNOLOGY USING NETWEAVER 

NetWeaver is SAP’s integrated technology platform and is the technical foundation for all SAP applications since the SAP Business Suite. SAP NetWeaver is marketed as a service-oriented application and integration platform. SAP NetWeaver provides the development and runtime environment for SAP applications and can be used for custom development and integration with other applications and systems. 

ENTERPRISE PROCUREMENT PROCESSES (MM) 

Today’s enterprises face increasingly complex procurement processes. This course introduces the external procurement process. During the course, the students go through the entire procurement process with its typical steps – purchase requisition, purchase order, goods receipt, and entry of incoming invoice and payment. The students who get to work on the SAP course will quickly build through each of these concepts using Fitter Snacker case study or Qazi case study and configuration so that by the final day of class, each student will have hands-on configuration experience in procurement processes. In doing so, the students will focus on different aspects and become acquainted with additional functions.

SALES ORDER MANAGEMENT WITH ERP  

This course introduces the sales order management process with the SAP ERP Central Component. During the course, the students learn the entire sales order process starting from a sales inquiry, entering sales orders, creating outbound deliveries, posting goods issues and invoicing the customer, and entering the incoming payment. The course will quickly build through each of these concepts and configuration using the Qazi Computer case study and by the final day of class, each student will have fully walked through the Sales and Distribution process using the SAP system. In doing so, the students will focus on different aspects and become acquainted with additional functions in the sales order management process chain.

DATA MINING AND BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE USING SAP 

This course teaches the students the business potential of big data and analytics, data warehousing, how to develop and retain data warehouses, and how to use this data for business benefit and as a source for business intelligence. Business intelligence is the use of logical software devices to study big data about an organization and its competitors in business planning and decision-making. In developing data warehouses, the course will address the inter-relationships among operation, decision support structures, plan, and the removal and cleaning process used to create a high-quality data warehouse. Data mining theories and the use of data mining devices and techniques for decision-making and for creating business intelligence are discussed. This course uses SAP case studies and products to address Business Intelligence issues in real life in the pursuit of competitive advantages. 

MARKETING WITH DIGITAL PERSPECTIVES USING SAP CRM 

Digitization, social media, and the web have redesigned the way organizations interact with their customers, clients, and markets. In pursuing ever declining competitive advantages, the pressures for organizations to reach, convert and retain customers are enormous. This course seeks to empower current and intending marketing professionals with the tools of the digital future to reach target markets using the various modalities available to them, including but not restricted to social media platforms. Students will use the SAP CRM and/or the SAP Hybris Suite to work through Digital Marketing case studies in the professional environment. Other key topics of interest such as Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Online Advertising, Web Analytics, and Marketing Data Visualization will also be covered. This course is designed to be case study-based, practical, and rooted in real-world projects and applications. On completion of this course, students will be well poised for relevant SAP CRM, SAP Hybris, American Marketing Association (AMA) Digital Marketing, and the HootSuite Academy certifications (depending on their work in the SAP and Marketing fields). 

MANAGING HUMAN CAPITAL USING SAP 

As companies pursue competitive advantages and seek higher productivity, innovation, and profitability, it is imperative that they attract, retain, and incentivize their biggest assets: people. This course revolves around appropriately managing “human capital” to attain organizational competitive advantage. Emerging issues surrounding human capital management such as recruiting, retaining, motivating, and incentivizing employees will be discussed. Besides, the challenges of building competitive advantage through effective human capital management will also be addressed from a strategic perspective. A multifaceted approach is adopted, reflecting the complexity of the environment and issues faced. Rather than prepare students to enter a career in HR, this course is aimed at intending managers and leaders who must factor in human capital as an invaluable source of competitive advantage. Other topics may include: Talent and workforce planning in a dynamic environment; building a positive human capital reputation for the organization; systems thinking; organizational change and organizational learning; dynamics of organizational culture, assessing human capital investments; linking corporate strategy and human capital management, and leveraging on emerging technologies. Lastly, hands-on case studies and resources will take students through the key topics. 

HUMAN RESOURCES AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY USING SAP HCM 

Prerequisite: MANAGING HUMAN CAPITAL USING SAP 

This course takes a detailed view of the strategic role of information technology and its immense impact on the management of human resources or human capital in organizations. Key HR business processes including Talent Management, Workforce Process Management, and Information Reporting and Analytics will be explored in conjunction with their information technology links and Enterprise Resource Planning links. Other topics include web-based human resources and other technological applications used in various functional areas of human resources. Students will gain significant exposure to configuring SAP’s Human Capital Management (HCM) suite and SuccessFactors. Hands-on case studies and resources will take students through key concepts. Besides, key elements of configuration in the SAP HCM module will also be introduced. A critical component of this course will be to discuss the new developments in Web 2.0 technologies and their implications for the HRM function. On completion of this course, students will be well poised for relevant SAP HCM, and the SHRM-CP or the SHRM-SCP certification (depending on their work in the HR fields).

RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCE

Step 1: Take Courses

SAP Certificate Program is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the SAP Certificate Program. You may choose to start with one course or take all four courses to finish the certificate program. 

Step 2: Hands-on Project

Every course includes a hands-on project. You’ll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the course and earn your certificate. 

Step 3: Earn an SAP Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you’ll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

Department Chair

Dr. Frank Aguilera

Dr. Frank Aguilera is a senior engineer at NASA. His 40 plus year career has included positions in private industry and the Department of Defense. His varied assignments have been as a researcher for technology developments and as manager of various state-of-the-art technologies and aircraft developments.

Early in his career, he worked in wind tunnel and flight test experiments of various advanced aircraft. In his mid-career, he conducted operational testing of GPS receivers during initial constellation deployment. And he managed the development of an experimental aircraft. Most recently he has been involved in drone developments and associated autonomy research. One of his responsibilities at NASA includes overseeing aircraft airworthiness and flight safety.

Dr. Aguilera has been teaching at ITU for several years in both the DBA and MBA programs. Dr. Aguilera is a member of the following professional associations, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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