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Aug 29 2008   2:18PM GMT

Who’s majoring in SAP this semester?

JackDanahy Jack Danahy Profile: JackDanahy

My car and I moved at a slow crawl along the Massachusetts Turnpike on my commute home the other day, much of the road clogged by students heading through Newton, Mass. back to the many Boston colleges.

Between marveling at how much a college kid can fit into a Civic and punching the radio station buttons in an effort to keep my mind off the gridlock, I thought about, of all things, the SAP skills shortage.

The shortage made its way back into the news this week with a new AMR Research report .The report raised the idea that the shortage could present a competitive edge for Oracle and Microsoft. Small and mid-market AMR Research clients have been rating “availability of resources,” higher and higher on their ERP selection criteria, and, because SAP skills are in short supply, SAP’s losing out, the author reasons.

One of SAP’s plans to solve this shortage is its University Alliances program. SAP is training college professors so that they can teach computer science, engineering and business students to use, run and develop SAP software.

I wondered if any of these University Alliances programs were in place here – in college-rich Massachusetts, home to prestigious MIT, and a $1 billion project of Gov. Deval Patrick’s aimed at making Massachusetts the country’s leading biotechnology state. There are currently 573 open SAP jobs here, at least according to

Turns out, there’s three SAP partnerships at three good schools here –Suffolk University in Boston, Western New England College in Springfield and Bentley College in Waltham.

To be honest, I’d hoped for more. But three isn’t a bad start out of the 900 SAP has worldwide. SAP plans to increase this count by 200 over the next few years, and I for one hope that it chooses to form more partnerships here in the Bay State, and in other states like Michigan and Illinois, where the shortage is so severe.

Courtney Bjorlin, News Editor

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  • Urcia
    Hello, I see that you listed all the schools in your state that would have SAP on thier curriculum, can you please tell me what schools in Georgia will be adding SAP as well?
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  • Em
    Are there any school that teaches SAP in Colorado? Where can I find the Info?
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  • Courtney Bjorlin
    Hi Urcia, I have posed your question to SAP and will let you know when I get an answer. Thank you for your interest.
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  • Courtney Bjorlin
    Here is a list of SAP University Alliances in Georgia, courtesy of SAP. Clark Atlanta University, School of Business, Atlanta Georgia Institute of Technology, DuPree College of Management, Atlanta Georgia Southern University, College of Business Administration, Statesboro University of Georgia - Terry College, The Terry College of Business, Athens As for Colorado, I'll try my best to get a complete list. Thanks for your interest.
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  • Faz411
    hello i want to know the schools that SAP is partnering with in chicago,illinois were can i learn SAP from, i am currently an IT student majoring in Network Security from Depaul University where can i broaden my IT skill horizon?
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