Website of Professor Dr. (UoP) Bernd Heesen


SAP at the University

Based on Gartner's "Market Share Analysis: ERP Software, Worldwide, 2012" SAP is the No.1 vendor with a world marketshare of 25%. Many international corporations use the SAP business applications. For educational purposes (best practices in business applications) and to prepare our graduates for a job market where these skills are sought, our university leverages the SAP applications in selected courses.
Professor Heesen is acting Chairperson of the university for the relationship with SAP.SAP Logo on Apple
Ansbach students at SAP AG


  • Professor Heesen was invited by SAP to form part of a global project team to develop a Business Intelligence curriculum for the SAP University Alliance in 2007 together with the professors: Lorraine Gardiner (California State University Chico/USA), Peter Lehmann (HDM Stuttgart), Klaus Freyburger (FH Ludwigshafen), Paul Hawking and Robert Jovanovic (Victoria University/Australia). 

    The curriculum is now available to over 800 universities throughout the world which are a part of the SAP University Alliance Network.

    2009 SAP UA Curriculum CongressTo facilitate the adoption of the new curriculum, Professor Heesen was invited to teach two faculty workshops in Atlanta (March 2008) and Chico/California (August 2008) presenting the newly developed curriculum to professors from North America. At the SAP University Alliances Curriculum Congress in Charlotte/NC (March 2009) about 50 faculty members from North America participated in the BI workshop. Business Intelligence is a topic of high relevance for business students as well as MIS students. Because of the modular design of the course, it can be used for undergraduate as well as graduate students.

    Additional information:

    • Interview with Professor Heesen and other team members published in SAP INFO (March 2008) on the topic of "Trends in Data Analysis: A Job for the Intelligence Services" (link to article)

    The course materials are available for members of the SAP University Alliance. Professors with interest in the course documents (slides with exercises) are able to download them on the faculty collaboration workspace from SAP at the website in the section "Business Intelligence".

  • Professor Heesen was invited to Melbourne/Australia to teach the course "International Aspects of Human Capital Management: Learning how to implement SAP's HCM Solution" in the Master of Business in ERP-Program (September/October 2008) and to Singapore to co-develop and co-teach the course "HR Technologies, Metrics and Performance Management" (February/March 2012).

    Additional information:

    • School of Information Systems at the
      department of business and law of Victoria University (link)
    • Nanyang Business School, Singapore (link)

    Professors with interest in the course documents used in Australia (slides with exercises) are able to download them on the faculty collaboration workspace from SAP at the website in the section "Human Capital Management".

  • The University of Applied Sciences Ansbach was selected as one of the 20 pilot universities in the Europe/Middle-East/Africa region to offer the TERP10-Certification (SAP TERP10: Integration of Business Processes) in 2008. Professor Heesen offered the first course in Ansbach in March 2009. It was completely booked and 83% of the participants passed the certification exam on the last day. Prof. Heesen successfully offered the course again in 2010.
    Terp10 Certification Course
    Additional information:

    • SAP course description details (link)
    • First-ever SAP Certification in Enterprise Resource Planning (TERP 10) kicks off in Africa (link)
    • SAP Certification as a response to skills shortage in the marketplace (link)


    The course is NOT offered in Ansbach any longer. Interested students can easily enroll at the University of Duisburg/Essen, which offers a virtual course to prepare students for the certification exam.