Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and the Walker School's SAP Student Recognition Award


The Walker School’s membership in the SAP University Alliance Program enables students to gain hands-on, real-world experience with enterprise resources planning (ERP), a database management system that tracks business resources. Students who complete the criteria outlined below are eligible to earn a Student Recognition Award in conjunction with SAP America, Inc. This award acknowledges that students have gained significant experience with the SAP software as part of their academic degree programs. Upon completion of the requirements for this award, students will understand how technology can enable integrated business processes and strategic thinking, with skills that can add immediate value to the marketplace.  Students who find employment in large or small organizations will benefit from this experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is ERP?
    ERP provides an integrated view of a company’s core business processes, often in real-time, using common databases maintained by a database management system. ERP systems track business resources - cash, raw materials, production capacity—and the status of business commitments - orders, purchase orders, and payroll.
  2. What is SAP?
    SAP is the leading Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) system, and it is used by more than 120,000 companies worldwide.  This system makes it possible for organizations to track and manage, in real-time, sales, production, finance, accounting and human resources processes.  SAP is used by global organizations, including: Coca-Cola, DuPont, Ford Motor Companies, JP Morgan Chase, Monsanto, Nestle, Samsung, and more.
  3. What is the SAP University Alliance?
    The SAP University Alliance is a program that provides universities with access to SAP’s world leading business software in order to enhance the academic and professional outcomes for students and professors.  The alliance helps accelerate the number of graduates with SAP skills so they will be better prepared to enter the workforce.
  4. What are the Student Recognition Award Requirements?  
    Students must complete (with a grade of B or better) at least three courses offered by the Walker School.  Upon completion of the requirements for this award, students will have a basic understanding of the SAP system and will be experienced in master data creation and transaction processing using SAP. Students who receive this award may list SAP as a basic skill on their resumes and thus increase their desirability to firms and companies that utilize SAP or other ERP systems.  

    The courses included in the Student Recognition Award program are graduate-level courses that meet the required SAP content.  These courses include:

    ACCT 5310 – Accounting in an ERP Environment
    BUSN 6160 – Integrated Business Processes and SAP ERP
    CSIS 5330 – Business Intelligence and ERP
  5. How Can I Learn More?
    For additional information about the SAP Recognition Award, contact Dr. Ali Ovlia, professor of math & computer science, at aovlia@webster.edu or 314.246.7878.

    Visit the SAP University Alliance website for additional information.