Using the Cloud to Teach ERP

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Conference Proceeding

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Proceedings of the Society of Business, Industry, and Economics Annual Meeting


SAP has traditionally been the domain for the Fortune 500, companies with millions to spend on an ERP. Much the same has been the teaching of SAP Enterprise Resource Process (ERP) has followed the traditional IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) model with a large mainframe ERP system that has kept ERP in the IS student domain and out of other disciplines. With SAP Business ByDesign, one of SAP's Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud solutions we have been very successful working with both technical and non-technical students. It is the ease with which non-technical business students can complete exercises throughout any business process that is exciting to educators. Small and medium business professionals should also take note to see how easy Business ByDesign is to implement and use. Exercises that students can complete range from standard procurement, to HR, to Business Intelligence, to Mashups, and analytics/reporting and beyond. If you only have experienced the big SAP ERP systems, read on to see what the cloud is all about and how SAP can help you harness it, while learning about a university where you might want to hire your next employees.