SAP Watch

Mar 3 2008   11:03AM GMT

Practice SAP skills online

JackDanahy Jack Danahy Profile: JackDanahy

Consultants seeking to acquire and further develop their SAP skills have long been limited to finding an accredited SAP training center close to them or simply learning on the job. Now, however, there’s a new service that lets consultants ramp up their SAP skills online. The service, SID (, costs £1,200 annually, and gives consultants access to an SAP sandbox environment. After purchasing a SID subscription, consultants can access the latest versions of SAP software online through SID’s servers.

This could allow consultants to become better acquainted with particular modules, customize their own SAP processes, or develop an online portfolio that can be shown to potential clients. While SID doesn’t replace valuable on-the-job SAP experience, it does allow consultants to polish their knowledge of SAP’s modules and processes, and to create customized tweaks, from their own computers.

SID would be more appropriate for consultants with a basic knowledge of SAP, as the service does not include training or e-learning (there are other several online companies that bundle online access to SAP modules with e-learning components). If anyone has signed up for SID, or for any similar online service, we’d love to hear from you about whether the experience is proving valuable.

Demir Barlas,
Site Editor

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  • Gregg
    It's a good idea. Is there a US equivalent of the site?
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  • Demir Barlas
    Hi Gregg, It is my understanding that users from any country can sign up for the SID service. The price is in pounds, so I am assuming that your credit card provider would automatically process the transaction in dollars. Best, Demir Barlas Site Editor,
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  • Graham Day
    Hi, I am Graham Day one of the founders of this service. Thanks for the blog entry; I just wanted to make a point though. We are using individual legal SAP licenses to provide the service – as far as SAP are concerned we are the only people to do so. You mentioned the other online companies (yep we know they are there). These providers are using evaluation (or otherwise obtained) copies which are not licensed by SAP to provide this sort of service. This year SAP have started to move against illegal internet hosted software use and sale. We have implementation plans for US and DE localised versions in the next few months loaded with the appropriate local SAP Best Practice data and config. Keep an eye on the website for more news.
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  • Erick
    Hi Graham, I am from Indonesia and my internet speed is around 384Kbps. Is that enough or too slow? Someone offer me this kind of SAP-IDES online access and they claim it's legal. Are you sure you are the only legal site? Thanks. Regards, Erick L.P.
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  • Graham Day
    Hi Erik, SAP User License agreements are very specific about what you can and cannot do. This is why they are actively chasing a large number of the illegal sites at present. In our discussions with SAP it was agreed that we would not be using IDES. SAP do not allow IDES to be used within this type of service. This tool is geared towards those SAP consultants who or want to be working within the BPX environment (Business Process Experts). Check out our website for our trial offerings. Kind regards Graham Day
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