More than 1,000 universities worldwide have incorporated SAP solutions in their curriculum to teach different aspects of Enterprise Systems. This reflects the importance of Enterprise Systems to modern business and the worldwide shortage of SAP related skills. These two factors threatens the viability of many Enterprise Systems implementations and limits the adoption of Enterprise Systems in developing countries. SAP, the leading Enterprise Systems vendor, has established its University Alliance Program (UAP) to help address these skill shortages. The SAP UAP provides the opportunity for universities to access SAP solutions and associated curriculum, to facilitate teaching, at a reduced cost. This paper proposes that the real cost for universities, to access SAP solutions, varies from country to country presenting a possible barrier for developing countries. A number of alternative options are presented to lessen this barrier.
|Keywords:||Enterprise Systems Education, SAP University Alliance Program, University Competence Center|
SAP Academic Program Director, Management and Information Systems, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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