Nothing can replace the benefits of participating in classroom training but often this just isn’t practical or turns into a logistical nightmare. With an SAP Learning Hub annual subscription, you can benefit from a whole catalogue of training courses and collaborative virtual classrooms for the cost of one week’s real classroom training.

All you need is a little bit of self-discipline, self-motivation and time, and before long you could be well-versed in your chosen SAP subject matter. We adopted this very approach in order to train-up on SAP HANA and SAP LaMa (LVM) in readiness for technical certification.

But what about the practical exercises that often accompany classroom training courses? Invest time and effort into setting up your own SAP HANA Developer Edition system, for example, from the SAP Cloud Appliance Library (CAL) deployed on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Cloud 2 (EC2) or Microsoft Azure, and you will have a basic platform on which to put into practice some of what you learn through the Hub.

There are developer editions for the following Solutions on the CAL:

  • SAP BW/4HANA 1.0
  • SAP HANA Vora 1.2
  • SAP HANA 1.0 SPS12
  • SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP and SAP BW 7.5 SP01 on SAP HANA SP10
  • SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP and SAP BW 7.5 SP02 on ASE

Once you have setup your CAL and AWS accounts, you need to associate your AWS/Azure account with your CAL account under the “Accounts” area in the CAL; you then have access to the solutions within the library. For the basic HANA system at the lowest cost, you can deploy the “SAP HANA, developer edition 1.0 SPS 12” solution.

An idea of the cost is presented once the instance is activated, as below. You’re billed for actual usage of the instance whilst it’s activated and a small amount per month whilst it’s suspended.

The instance can be suspended after a set number of hours, manually or a basic scheduler is available. For training purposes during office hours for example, you could setup the schedule as below.

To access your SAP HANA system, you can use the SAP HANA Studio or the SAP HANA Database Cockpit (new from SPS9). The SAP HANA Studio is an Eclipse-based Java application installed on your local Windows or MAC system, a VDI environment or an AWS Workspace if preferred and currently provides the richest content for HANA administrative tasks.

The SAP HANA Database Cockpit is accessed through your web browser as a Fiori Launchpad application served-up by the HANA XS engine and as such could be accessed on your mobile phone.

In summary, and suffice to say, the cost of the SAP Learning Hub coupled with the deployment and usage of the various CAL developer offerings, can be an interesting option to consider. If you’d like to know more about our experiences with the SAP Learning Hub, SAP Cloud Appliance Library and deployment on AWS, please get in touch at info@aliterconsulting.co.uk.