In April 2016, erp4students celebrates its 10th anniversary.
As a part of this, we would like to introduce you to our team, our history and
our future plans a bit more detailed in a weekly countdown. And what could be
more obvious than starting with a short introduction, an historical overview of
our project history, so to speak?
So let’s go back to 2006, the Mozart year, in which Sigmund Freud would have
been 150 and Kurt Gödel 100 years old. Berlin's new main train station went
into operation, Serbia and Montenegro separated from the same-named
confederation and became sovereign, the FC Bayern Munich won the German
football league and the DFB Cup. Shortly after the German national football
team experienced the "summer fairy tale" in their own country, Michael
Schumacher finished his career as a Formula 1 driver. And: During the summer
semester 2006, within the framework of the continuing education program VAWi at
the University of Duisburg-Essen, the "dry run" of the first SAP
course started. The birth of erp4students. With Prof. Dr. Heimo H. Adelsberger
as its father, so to speak - to stay in the metaphor.
Prof. Dr. Heimo H. Adelsberger, at that time head of the chair "Economic
computer science of the production companies" (WIP) at the University of
Duisburg-Essen, is the responsible person behind the erp4students courses - and
thus also behind the entire project. He has teaching and research experience of
more than 30 years in the field of Integrated Information Systems: He was
professor for „Computer Science and Industrial Engineering“ at Texas A&M
University, professor for „Datamatintegrerede Informations-systemer“ at the
Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen, and for 20 years has been
professor and head of the chair for "Information Systems for Production and
Operations Management" at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Having started in
the mid-90s, the Adelsberger chair has been one of the first - national and international - to use
SAP-software in teaching on a regular basis; SAP-software related topics have
since been the foci of bachelor and master theses. Nowadays, many previous
students work for SAP SE or are consultants in the area of SAP ERP.
With great success, the first “test run” of SAP course was held as part of the
Essen-based further education program VAWi (Virtueller
Weiterbildungsstudiengang Wirtschaftsinformatik) in the spring semester of
2006! From then on, erp4students has been developing step-by-step up to the
present day: After having started the program in Austria and the Netherlands,
the TERP10 course was translated into English, making it possible to launch the
project in the UK, Ireland and – two years later – in many more countries all
over Europe. In 2010 students from over 40 countries were able to participate
in the SAP e-learning courses.
Today, the total number of participating countries is even higher
than 100! In 2012, the TERP10 course was translated into Russian and shortly
after into Spanish. Each year, more than 5.000 students are participating in the
Now you’ve got a very good impression on how and under which conditions the
project has been developed. In one of the next posts ("erp4students
grows"), we are going to explain erp4student’s development again and even
more vivid, based on growth charts and detailed tables. With the growth of the
project, of course, gradually more employees have joined the team, developed
erp4students even further and helped to make the project what it is today. During
the upcoming countdown and, actually, as part of it, we would like to introduce
you to those people as well during the upcoming weeks.
We also want former participants and some partners, with which we have worked
together in recent years, have a chance to speak. So there is still more to
come - and we hope you’ll enjoy it!