The SAP Business One Program

SAP University AlliancesThe Alex G. McKenna School at Saint Vincent College offers its students a SAP Business One® program, an integrated management solution that helps students broaden their business understanding. As a member of the SAP University Alliance, Saint Vincent offers students in this program classroom training, hands-on experience and an internship using this popular business software. 

Thousands of prominent corporations, ranging from Kennametal to H.J. Heinz Corp. and Sony, utilize SAP software to manage their operations, making it one of the most popular management solutions in the professional world. 

Customer Success Story

Below are excerpts from a 2012 case study published by SAP, which the company utilizes to educate its customers about the success of the Business One software. Read the entire case study here.

Executive Summary 
When it wanted to deepen students’ knowledge about how companies use IT to support operations, Saint Vincent College contacted the SAP University Alliances. SAP donated a college wide license for the SAP Business One application – a complete, integrated business management solution that students could learn quickly. Today it’s used in labs that give students hands-on experience with a leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution – broadening both their business understanding and career opportunities.

Vision 
Robert Markley teaches accounting information systems (AIS) and management information systems (MIS) at the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government. Markley needed a comprehensive solution that covered ERP, supplier relationship management, customer relationship management and basic reporting in a seamless, integrated manner. Equally important, the software had to be very easy for students to learn.

Why SAP? 
“Of all of the SME [small and medium enterprise] software solutions out there, it best fit our needs,” comments Markley. “SAP Business One offered the comprehensive functionality, centralized data and ease of use that we needed in a classroom-friendly business management application. And because key functionality was integrated out of the box, I could use it to illustrate the need for a centralized, trusted data and integrated business processes spanning multiple departments.”

Solutions 
Because of the software’s ease of use, Markley can design a variety of hands-on, real-world exercises that students can complete in a week or two with no prior experience with SAP Business One. “I still discuss key concepts in class, of course, but these lab-based exercises reinforce those concepts by bringing them to life,” he explains. For example, to help them understand how customer quotes eventually become cash in the bank, he has students set up customers, create quotes, input orders, create invoices and more.

Benefits 
By incorporating SAP Business One into his classes, Markley gives students hands-on experience with an ERP system from the market leader in enterprise application software. Many graduating students have said that their experience with SAP Business One has helped them compete more effectively for jobs. This is particularly true for students like Claudia Arrunategui, who participated in the certification program. She was hired right after graduation by Vision33, an award-winning SAP gold partner, and is now working as a consultant on implementations of SAP Business One.

Future Plans 
Saint Vincent College has a college wide license for SAP Business One, so other professors are free to incorporate the software into their classes as well. “We’re definitely starting to see more of a buzz about it, and we’re starting to see better adoption across our school,” adds Markley. “It is an excellent complement to many of our business, accounting and management classes.”

For the entire case study, including more detail on future plans and more quotes by Markley and Arrunategui, click here.

For more about the program specifics, please see the SAP Business One Schedule under the Tools section on this page.

  • Learning Objectives

    The major in Management is designed to:

    • Understand the strategic management process and demonstrate the ability to create effective strategic plans.
    • Students will demonstrate and ability to work effectively with others in a team setting. 
    • Understand and apply best practices in Human Resources.
    • Understand and apply key ethical decision-making frameworks in analyzing business decisions.
    • Know the basics of how to increase job performance, motivation, and commitment of employees.