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Why the SAP Training Results from Michael Management’s Survey Bother Me

The results of Michael Management’s 2013 SAP Training Survey got under my skin. Though there was a silver lining or two, I was hoping that individuals (and companies) were further along. Too many ERP projects are still struggling or failing, and there is good data to support the importance of training investment to project outcome.  Yet the “training gap” remains. In this year’s survey, a whopping 46% of SAP professionals surveyed indicated they did not have enough training to do their jobs. Though the survey sample size of 1,172 is not enough to reach definitive conclusions, it is enough to raise serious eyebrows.

Before I dig in further, here’s a few links you’ll want to have handy.

You can obtain a copy of the 2013 survey here (free with sign up).

After the survey, Thomas Michael of Michael Management facilitated a webinar to discuss these provocative results. I was on the webinar, along with Cushing Anderson of IDC (both of us wrote forewords to the 2013 survey). You can view or download the webinar in two formats:

wmv webinar replay (Windows) or .mov webinar replay (Mac).

I think you’ll enjoy the replay, which includes lively debate on the relevance of SAP certification to hiring.

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