ASEAN SME Academy: Learning Online Courses from openSAP

ASEAN SME Academy: Learning Online Courses from openSAP

The award-winning openSAP platform has been providing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for free to support students, professionals, and anyone who pursues learning more about technology even at these uncertain times.

openSAP has been known in the SAP ecosystem to deliver innovative, expert-led learning at zero cost. With the coronavirus pandemic putting a halt on almost everything including training and learning sessions, openSAP has now reached the mainstream. New learners outside the SAP community like students, teachers, professionals, and organisations that are looking for a safe, healthy, and continuous online learning environment now know openSAP. 

One of the organisations new to the SAP ecosystem that has recently utilised openSAP is the ASEAN SME Academy, an online training tool developed by US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive Small and Medium Enterprises (Business Alliance). Business Alliance was established by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) in 2014 to train over 4,000 SMEs utilising the world-class expertise offered by US-ABC corporate members in areas such as Marketing and Business Management, Finance, Legal, Logistics, and Information Technology. 

openSAP Courses in the Academy

The Academy incorporates training materials focused on SMEs from Fortune 500 companies including regional firms and international organisations. The curated set of courses is part of a larger program to provide training and mentorship to enhance ASEAN SMEs’ access to financial products, regional and international markets, information and advisory services, and technology and innovation.

In today’s economic climate, ASEAN SME Academy aims to further support the MSMEs with openSAP courses that would boost their digital capabilities and strengthen competitiveness.

The following new online learning courses are now accessible to Academy users who want to learn more about SAP’s latest innovations and how to thrive in the digital economy:

Enterprise Architecture in the Era of the Intelligent Enterprise

The Internet of Things with SAP

Intrapreneurship – Employee-driven Innovation

Sustainability: Learning from Leading Companies

Design Thinking and Challenge Management

Digital Supply Chain – From Design to Operate

Cloud-Native Development with SAP Cloud Platform

Sustainability through Digital Transformation

openSAP Adoption

Since March 2020, when SAP announced free access to several of its intelligent solutions to help organisations navigate and thrive in the new normal, the demand for openSAP, in particular, has been overwhelming. Over 25,000 records of achievement and more than 35,000 confirmations of participation were awarded in self-paced courses between March 31 and June 30. 

The pandemic has encouraged the openSAP team to open courses from previous years to allow learners to catch up and earn certificates– an opportunity for new learners to catch up with what they might have missed. 

SAP’s digital learning platform openSAP also features a variety of learning options with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Microlearning, and Podcasts. 

MOOCs leverage tried and trusted classroom concepts, with digital enhancements including gamification and discussion forums, to interact with other learners and experts in an online delivery format. Users can choose from two types of openSAP MOOC: Enterprise MOOCs, which focus on SAP technology; and Thought Leader MOOCs, which feature external speakers who share thought-leading ideas around business and technology.

Microlearning features self-contained videos that are all prepared by SAP experts to complement the users’ level of knowledge.

openSAP Podcasts is SAP’s Podcast channel providing knowledge from members of the SAP ecosystem, including SAP employees, partners, and customers. Users can stream or download episodes on any device with Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, or directly from openSAP.

“Life changed so suddenly,” Michaela Laemmler, Global Head of openSAP, said. “We were glad to be in a position to provide additional support for those who were ready to start learning online and looked to openSAP.”

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