The SAP Business One Program

SAP University AlliancesThe Alex G. McKenna School at Saint Vincent College offers its students a certification in SAP Business One®, an integrated management solution that helps students broaden their business understanding. As a member of the SAP University Alliance, Saint Vincent offers students in this program classroom training, hands-on experience and an internship using this popular business software. 

Thousands of prominent corporations, ranging from Kennametal to H.J. Heinz Corp. and Sony, utilize SAP software to manage their operations, making it one of the most popular management solutions in the professional world. 

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Certification Program

For more about the program specifics, please see the SAP Business One Schedule under the Tools section on this page.

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Customer Success Story

Below are excerpts from a 2012 case study published by SAP, which the company utilizes to educate its customers about the success of the Business One software. Read the entire case study here.

Executive Summary 
When it wanted to deepen students’ knowledge about how companies use IT to support operations, Saint Vincent College contacted the SAP University Alliances. SAP donated a college wide license for the SAP Business One application – a complete, integrated business management solution that students could learn quickly. Today it’s used in labs that give students hands-on experience with a leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution – broadening both their business understanding and career opportunities.

Robert Markley teaches accounting information systems (AIS) and management information systems (MIS) at the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government. Markley needed a comprehensive solution that covered ERP, supplier relationship management, customer relationship management and basic reporting in a seamless, integrated manner. Equally important, the software had to be very easy for students to learn.

Why SAP? 
“Of all of the SME [small and medium enterprise] software solutions out there, it best fit our needs,” comments Markley. “SAP Business One offered the comprehensive functionality, centralized data and ease of use that we needed in a classroom-friendly business management application. And because key functionality was integrated out of the box, I could use it to illustrate the need for a centralized, trusted data and integrated business processes spanning multiple departments.”

Because of the software’s ease of use, Markley can design a variety of hands-on, real-world exercises that students can complete in a week or two with no prior experience with SAP Business One. “I still discuss key concepts in class, of course, but these lab-based exercises reinforce those concepts by bringing them to life,” he explains. For example, to help them understand how customer quotes eventually become cash in the bank, he has students set up customers, create quotes, input orders, create invoices and more.

By incorporating SAP Business One into his classes, Markley gives students hands-on experience with an ERP system from the market leader in enterprise application software. Many graduating students have said that their experience with SAP Business One has helped them compete more effectively for jobs. This is particularly true for students like Claudia Arrunategui, who participated in the certification program. She was hired right after graduation by Vision33, an award-winning SAP gold partner, and is now working as a consultant on implementations of SAP Business One.

Future Plans 
Saint Vincent College has a college wide license for SAP Business One, so other professors are free to incorporate the software into their classes as well. “We’re definitely starting to see more of a buzz about it, and we’re starting to see better adoption across our school,” adds Markley. “It is an excellent complement to many of our business, accounting and management classes.”

For the entire case study, including more detail on future plans and more quotes by Markley and Arrunategui, click here.

Internships and Careers in SAP

As part of the program, fifteen of our students attended the Americas SAP User Group (ASUG) Business One Summit this year. ASUG is an independent, not-for-profit organization of SAP customer companies and eligible third-party vendors. ASUG grants our students a scholarship to help offset the cost of attendance. 

SAP CertificationAs juniors, students in the program study the SAP Business One software, perform a mock implementation and intern for an SAP Business One partner. The following year, they can sit for the certification exam, if they so choose. SAP considers Saint Vincent to be its top academic provider. Over the years, we have had students intern in:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Orange County, CA
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Wayne, New Jersey
  • New York, NY
  • Boston, MA
  • Delaware
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Miami, FL
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Montreal, Canada

Many of these locations have offered our students jobs! Seven of our 2016 graduates landed full-time jobs in the SAP ecosystem.

  • Learning Objectives

    The major in Management is designed to:

    • prepare students for entry-level management positions in for-profit, not-for-profit and public agencies;
    • prepare students for further study in graduate programs such as our Master's in Management: Operational Excellence, the Master's in Business Administration (MBA),  Master's in Public Administration (MPA) and other public policy programs that demand substantial management undergraduate work; and
    • prepare students for graduate programs leading to doctoral-level study for students wishing to pursue a career in teaching or research in business management or public administration.