Earlier this week I finally completed the full version of the ‘Beginners Guide To ABAP‘. I decided to give the course its own website so not to get muddled up with the mixed bad of SAP content here.
Lots of people jumped on-board when I released it which I am super happy about. The course ended up taking me around 1 year to complete. This is way longer than I thought it would. Partly due to work commitments, well actually a lot due to work commitments, but also down to underestimating just how much work is involved in producing a quality training product.
Whilst making the videos and editing afterwards there was lots of content that was given the axe for all sorts of reason.
- Poor video.
- Poor Sound.
- What I recorded didn’t make sense!!
- I could go on and on.
Goal #1 Achieved
When I finally finished editing the last video I thought… finally the job is done. That feeling didn’t last long. Then came to realisation that I had another job – building a website to house the course.
After a bit of domain name searching I came upon abapcourse.com. Then got my WordPress coding hat on and went to work. The website took me about 2 weeks to complete. It may sound a long time but I had to figure out the payment processing, membership system etc…
Anyway, it’s done. Now I can relax a little and I hope the students who are taking the course really apply themselves and learn ABAP well. The course has taken a lot of work on my part and I have put my heart and soul into making it the most affordable and high quality course on SAP ABAP on the interwebs.
I would love to know your thoughts and if you have any questions just let me know. Heck, hit me up on Skype if you want … pete_m1 (no spam please).
Great Learning Experience
Creating a course on core SAP topics such as ABAP has been a good learning experience. I have given in-classroom courses many times over the years but now this online course is available, I truly believe that when courses get built with such attention to detail like this one and delivered in this way, it is one of the best ways for people to learn new skills.
You may say it can’t match in-classroom courses but I would disagree. Classroom course are great; you can discuss topics with your tutor and other class mates, ask questions when you don’t understand etc…
But, when the course is over, people start to forget what they have learnt because they are not in a position to apply what they went through in class straight away. The reference material you get is great but not very practical.
With an online course that is available all year round, you can dip in and out when you like. Use it as a reference tool when ever you like. When you do need to ask questions, then hey, just fire the tutor an email.
Goal #2 – ????
So now I am looking to my next project and in all truth, I’m not sure what to focus on. You see, this website covers a range of SAP topics. I started out with the ABAP course because that was THE core skill I personally thought many SAP consultants were lacking.
Several months back regular visitors to the site may remember I had a short pole where I was asking What SAP Training Do You Want?
The poll was open for a few weeks and these are he results I got back…
|BW / BI||38|
|INTRO TO SAP||13|
As you can see, ABAP did come out on top by quite a margin, bit look at the numbers for the other topics. BW/BI was the next most popular but only accounted for around 10% of all votes.
I thought SAP HANA and Mobile would be very popular as these were and still are very hot topics for SAP at the moment but, are people really that bothered about these technologies? This is enterprise software we are talking about and the bottom-line is enterprise size companies don’t really care about the underlying technologies. They want to see value for money, ROI. Is there much value to be had for companies that use SAP software primarily for their back-end systems that are considering implementing SAP HANA and/or Mobile solutions? Let me stop before I go down this rat-hole.
So, what are your thoughts? Would you like to see another SAP course built? If so, which one? Or may be even set-up a small community here instead where we can all learn from each other.
Tell me below.