New Certification Exams – Part 2

Following on from my recent post about the new SAP Business Objects exams, I spotted a link to a FAQ.

Some interesting items to bring to your attention:

1. It would appear that you no longer need to take 3 papers/tests to earn the SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.x certification. Those that have the BOCP-BOE certification will be aware that we had to sit 3 exams, or 4 if you have brought your skills up to XI3 level.

2. Those with an existing BOCP certification do not need to re-qualify. Phew!

3. If you have BOCP-BOE at XIR2 level and haven’t sat SABE501 to take you up to XI3 level, you need to hurry. To quote
“To avoid taking the full certification exam after the retirement of the XI 3-1 upgrade exam the final exam should be taken prior to its retirement at the end of April.”

4. Those holding BOCP can use the title SAP Associate. Again, to quote:
“…those holding the existing certification BusinessObjects certification are entitled to use the SAP Associate certification logo and title.” (Personally I prefer BOCP-BOE – Certified Professional. Sounds better than Associate don’t you think?)

5. You still need a SAP S-User ID to take the exams.

6. For those that are looking to find out where their certificate is, and I know that there are many of you..
“On successfully passing the exam, the certificate will be sent to the test taker within 4-6 weeks. For queries please contact”

7. It looks like the exams will become more expensive.

So basically, if you are working through your BOCP exams, get them done by April 2010.

If you haven’t upgraded your BOCP to XI3, get the SABE501 exam out of the way by April 2010.

If you are considering taking the exams and haven’t started BOCP yet, you might want to consider the SAP Associate exam instead of the four exams needed for BOCP.

More details can be found in this FAQ.


How BI can help your reputation and more…

It concerns me to see several car manufacturers recalling their vehicles to carry out urgent safety repairs.

Not only is there a massive cost involved in such a process, but the impact on a firms reputation can be far higher.

A number of the manufacturers involved have previously been held in high regard. The actions taken now by these manufacturers in resolving these problems will determine future consumer buying decisions.

And this leads me to my point about BI.

If you have BI, and you have a metric which monitored problems reported by owners, wouldn’t there have been an early opportunity to spot that something was going wrong? Perhaps an ‘outlier’ on that chart or scattergram which suggested something was looking odd. Perhaps an alerter which indicated a higher percentage of faults on a particular model or range than the norm.

It’s when you start to visualise these outliers – those items which sit outside of the normal boundaries, that you should start paying attention. And I say visualise, because you won’t spot these outliers too easily on a table of values. You need a visual prompt, be it a chart or an alerter.

Another case of leveraging your BI tools to spot trends. I read somewhere, and forgive me for not providing the source, that a large Wall Street firm spotted a worrying trend in mortgage defaults in the US, long before the worst of the financial crisis took hold. It promptly decided to withdraw its exposure from that part of the market. It probably saved their firm from going under.

Bernard Liautaud on how he set up Business Objects

For those that are interested in the history of Business Objects, Timo Elliot has posted an interesting entry which embeds a video from the founder of Business Objects – Bernard Liautaud.

Quite a frank and open chat that he gave to the London Business School

Business Intelligence – Hot Skill for 2010

Wondering if your Business Objects skills will hold up in 2010?

Well have a read of Jon Reed’s excellent white paper about SAP career and skills trends in 2010.

Divided into two parts, take particular note of the table in Page 9 in the second part of the white paper. But don’t jump straight to this – the whole white paper makes for interesting reading.


Installing XI 3.1 and LCM 3.1 with SP2

A quick post to help those that have been having issues installing XI 3.1 and LCM 3.1 with SP2 on the Windows platform.

It is important that the products be installed in the correct order, otherwise you will have issues with your install.

The correct order should be:

BOE XI 3.1 -> LCM XI 3.1 -> BOE XI 3.1 SP2 -> LCM XI 3.1 SP2

Any fix packs that you want to apply after that must also be done in a similar order. So if you install FP 2.2 for BOE XI 3.1, ensure you install FP 2.2 for LCM XI 3.1, etc.

Hope this helps some of you.

New Certification Exams

News from Kenneth Schieffer (Education Principal for the North American SAP Education Delivery group) that from April 2010, there will be new SAP BusinessObjects certification exams.

All existing SAP BusinessObjects exams will be retired at the end of April and will be replaced by the following three exams:

• SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.x

• SAP Certified Application Associate – Crystal Reports 2008

• SAP Certified Application Associate – BusinessObjects Web Intelligence XI 3.x

More details can be found here.

Interestingly, no news on a Data Integrator certification.

I wonder if they will also sort out the problem with the issue of certificates?

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