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Where's the Talent?
By Tom Wilder, Senior Lecturer in the College of Business & the Executive Director, SAP University Competence Center, California State University
In short, how are you going to get good people?
In 1996 SAP put a call out in the US for Universities to join the SAP University Alliance program. This program was running in Germany, and SAP wanted to expand it to the Americas. In the end, they chose California State University, Chico to be the first UA member in the States. As the program grew, many schools wanted the product but did not want to run the support systems. In 1998 Chico started hosting other universities, and in 1999 the University Competence Centers were born.
SAP will start the task of building the faculty network to promote Experience Management in the classroom
With the acquisition of Qualtrics, SAP will start the task of building the faculty network to promote Experience Management in the classroom. Soon students will be able to join the workforce ready to set up the new division that is focused on customer satisfaction. As with the rush to ERP in the ’90s, experience management promises to have high returns to those who adopt it first. New college graduates will be the solution to create solutions. They will have experience in building the answers with the software and interpreting the results to yield the best new best practices.
“But we are different from everyone else…” And with that difference sometimes comes special attention. Within the UA program, there are ways to get the exact talent that you need. One is through the SAP Next-Gen Chapters. Chapters are within member schools and focus on specific topics like BlockChain, IoT, AI, or general processes. The Chapters are set up to encourage industry/academia relationships.
Reach out to your local university to see if they are a member of the UA program, then sign up with their career centre to get your new talent. If your local university is not yet a member, consider sponsoring them. Great minds are waiting!