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Understanding the Enterprise Systems Environment

SAP via Coursera


Understanding the Enterprise Systems Environment is the second course in the SAP Technology Consultant Professional Certificate program. The course builds your understanding of the digital landscape.
You’ll explore business processes and organizational alignment. You’ll get an overview of how systems are designed and developed, and consider architecture, infrastructure, application development, data science, cloud, privacy, and security. You’ll build your understanding of the SAP platform and consider key development and deployment models covering Advanced Business Application Programming (ABAP), Java, SAP API, and SAP Fiori. Plus, you’ll explore gap analysis using SAP RISE and Activate and become familiar with SAP cloud strategy, architecture, and tools.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
Describe how digital transformation can impact a customer’s organization, business processes and tools (people/process/tools).
Identify the key elements of system design and development and how they relate to specific IT requirements.
Identify different computing models (e.g. Compute Network Storage, OnPrem, Cloud etc) and architectures (e.g. Native, Hybrid, Multi-Cloud).
Explain the key elements of the SAP platform and environment.
Describe key Application, Development and Programming models.
Explain the key elements of the SAP Cloud Strategy.
Understand the key questions to keep in mind when faced with a specific request from a prospective client.


  • Introduction to SAP and the Digital Landscape
    • In this module, you will learn how enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, cloud-based infrastructure, and advanced analytics underpin digital transformation. Digital transformation requires not just a transformation of a business’s processes and models but also organizational and cultural transformation. Cloud-based infrastructure is an essential component of successful digital transformation. The cloud offers different service and deployment models that allow businesses to plan their move to the cloud keeping their specific needs in mind. The growth in data generation means explosive growth in the potential for examining that data for new insights. You will learn how data analytics and data science help businesses generate insights from massive volumes of data and the measures they consider to ensure the security and privacy of data. You will learn about the customer journey and how customer experience systems shape and provide business, technical, and data analysis context.
  • Business Process and Organizational Readiness
    • In this module, you will learn what impact digital transformation has on a company, its business processes, and its tools. To digitally transform, all aspects of a company need to be integrated, including people, processes, tools, and technology. To improve readiness for transformation, businesses must set goals, prepare the organization, identify KPIs for tracking progress, and prepare people and skills. Companies can take early steps for digital transformation by determining the starting point, defining priorities, building a road map, and preparing their teams. You will be able to appreciate how business requirements are linked to business goals.
      A company’s maturity impacts its readiness for change and the form of change it could benefit from most. In this module, you will learn about the five stages of business maturity, from the initial entrepreneur stage to the stage where an organization is stable, organized, and operationally structured.
  • Understanding System Design and Development
    • In this module, you will learn about system architecture and how data modeling helps build the overall architecture design of a system – from the high-level or abstract view to the technical details. You will explore the relationship between cloud architecture and systems design and appreciate the importance of cloud architecture and systems design when consulting with clients. You will also learn about operating systems, platforms, data and data sets, and databases and their types.

      Elastic computing is the ability to dynamically adjust computer processing, memory, and storage resources to match changing business demands. In this module, you will cover the benefits of elastic computing and learn about the compute and data storage elasticity provided by SAP HANA Cloud. You will learn about various programming languages, development tools, APIs, and their use cases.

      Customer experience shapes solution design by providing a context for the business, technical, and data analysis factors involved. RISE with SAP is a commercial offering that gives customers the core enterprise resource planning and additional bundled capability to move to the cloud faster and painlessly. The SAP Activate methodology provides the customer with a roadmap for implementing SAP solutions.

      You will also learn how cloud-native technologies, microservices, and service meshes modernize application development.

      Lastly, you will learn about security governance, common cybersecurity threats, and the five pillars of managing cyber risks.
  • SAP Platform and Cloud
    • This module will teach you about the key SAP application, development, and programming models. Application development can be broken into three key aspects: environment, languages, and integration with other systems. You will learn about the capabilities of SAP HANA, including database management, database administration, data security, multi-model processing, application development, and data virtualization.   You will revisit the service and deployment models that the cloud provides and learn about the key drivers of SAP’s cloud strategy. SAP’s cloud strategy draws on the elements of flexibility, availability, reliability, and innovation provided by the cloud.   The core of SAP’s cloud architecture and its services to customers is the SAP Business Technology Platform or BTP.  BTP is a collection of SAP’s on-premises and cloud products and services. You will gain an understanding of the four pillars, or solutions, of SAP BTP, including application development, integration, data and analytics, and artificial intelligence. You will learn about the key cloud architecture elements and tools used in SAP environments.  Lastly, you will also learn about SAP HANA Cloud, the cloud-based data foundation for BTP, and SAP Analytics Cloud, the analytics and planning solution of BTP. 
  • Module 5: Case Study Project: SAP Customer Analysis
    • Module 5 is where you will apply what you have learned in this course. You'll complete your case study project - analyzing the Royal Greenland SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) implementation. Earlier in the course, you reviewed the case study materials to uncover the customer's digital transformation goals. You also learnt more about SAP BTP's capabilities. In this module, you'll review the end-to-end SAP solution. You'll assess how the solution helps Royal Greenland to meet its digital transformation goals and become an intelligent and sustainable enterprise. You will develop a deck to summarize and present your findings to the customer. You will review submissions from other learners, providing them feedback and receiving feedback on your work. Finally, you'll take the graded quiz for the course.

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Martin Gollogly


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