SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification

Tom Cenens 2012/10/29
This certification track is geared towards verification of technical knowledge on SAP HANA. Role wise the certification is suitable for SAP basis administrators, SAP security administrators and SAP technical consultants who are involved in the implementation of SAP HANA. Passing the certification How do you prepare yourself for the actual certification? I invite you to read on and I hope that your questions get answered by this blog post. If you still have questions, feel free to comment

on the blog post but note that I will certainly not provide exam questions / answers so please don’t ask here and please don’t mail me to ask because I’m not handing them out. The aim of the blog post is to create awareness around the certification and provide additional information which can increase the chances to pass the certification and hopefully also help you to better understand the positioning of the certification. Educational content A first challenge rises when the topic educational content comes to mind. E-training All SAP HANA core courses are available as e-training. One example of e-training is HA100R, the online equivalent to HA100 (introduction to SAP HANA). You can follow a part of HA100R as a sample through one of the respective SAP demo centers web pages: https://training.sap.com/be/en/demo-center

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First, let’s take a look at the relevant course content from SAP: HA100 The newer courses on SAP HANA start with HA. The introduction course is HA100 and it’s a prerequisite for HA200 (installation administration for SAP HANA SPS04). I followed TZH200 which is the older course (installation administration for SAP HANA SPS03).

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take some time to play around in SAP HANA and study the relevant course content. Too easy? There have been claims from the SAP community that the SAP HANA certification would be too easy but that’s not the case in my opinion. On the contrary. discusses the architecture and takes a look at the data provisioning for SAP HANA as well as the interfaces to the available front-ends. For an associate level certification.com/be/en/certification/c_hanatec_1-sap-certified-technology-associate-sap-hana-10-g/#topics Tips Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 2 . HA100 provides an overview of SAP HANA. You can see that an additional day of training is foreseen as HA200 takes three days versus TZH200 which takes two days. As such. SAP Certification C_HANATEC_1 The C_HANATEC_1 certification has been reworked recently to be more work related and it shows in the certification questions. Why? Because you should know where you can find what and which details are located where in the SAP HANA studio for example and those types of questions become much easier after having sufficient hands-on training.SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification HA100 is the introduction course to SAP HANA and features theoretical know-how on SAP HANA. the exam is definitely not too easy. I strongly recommend that you get hands-on experience with SAP HANA before attempting to pass the certification. I would recommend you to follow HA200 if possible because the SAP HANA version of the course is newer and the course content has been updated. in my opinion. it’s not a good idea to do the certification right after following SAP course HA200. Instead. right?) or they have been reading up on SAP HANA a lot or perhaps they have been using SAP HANA for a sufficient amount of time. I cannot comment much on the course content since I followed TZH200. HA200 Course content based on SAP HANA SPS04 SAP course HA200 is the successor to TZH200 and should tackle a number of issues that existed in SAP course TZH200.1 source: https://training3. it seems many are failing the exam so those who claim it’s too easy either have studied to a sufficient extent and don’t want to state it (not cool. Topic areas picture 1.sap.

roles) gives access to which content or which action(s) and so on. For example: if a customer wants to do X or Y. Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 3 . There is a calculator available which can give you an idea of what the cost is if you spent a certain numbers of hours (per day or per month) on the SAP HANA box. Details Don’t forget to pay attention to details. In the course HA200 little time is spent on the security.com/ hana_appliance#section3 and to really practice on providing users with specific authorizations because you need a good understanding of which authorization (privileges. Security and Authorization Don’t underestimate the questions on security because they are pretty profound and deep compared to the relevant content of the SAP course (HA200). Some questions really dig into details such as differences in file names or commands.SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification When reading the following information take into account that it represents my own experience with the SAP HANA certification. The areas to look out for are the Data Provisioning and Security and Authorization topic areas. which is the best solutions are the type of questions to which you should know the answer. connections etc) and which replication scenario is used in which situations (what suits best according to the information at hand).com/docs/DOC-28294 for more information. for the SAP HANA on Amazon it means you only have to pay for the Amazon usage which is very affordable if you maintain it properly.sap. You will probably need to use additional content outside of HA200 to get the hang of the security authorizations bit. Last month’s Amazon AWS bill was 18 dollars (this month it’s about 60 dollar) but then again. I would recommend you to check out the guide(s) on security for SAP HANA on http://help. In general you should study everything but I hope the additional information can give you a heads-up / warning not to underestimate certain parts and have a better idea what is important for the exam.sap. Data provisioning It’s important to have good understanding how the different data provisioning scenario’s work from a technological point of view (architecture. This is a great initiative by SAP. I didn’t have much time to practice last month. See http://scn. Setting up your own SAP HANA training environment You can get a free 30 day trail of SAP HANA or you can set up your own SAP HANA box on Amazon AWS (free developer license).

experiencesaphana. others prefer to go to the local SAP Education center to listen to a teacher. it is possible. It can also be an opportunity to meet other participants and collaborate. It can also be a matter of making the time available to really do it.com . Can you pass the SAP HANA certification without following a single SAP course? Yes.sap. Following an SAP course at SAP can be a way to force yourself to spent time on the topic. Feel free to come to the networking session and ask questions / discuss the topic with me and SAP.com and other sources. Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 4 .2 I will be hosting an expert networking session on SAP HANA technology certification at SAP TechED Madrid. There is proof on SCN since some community members passed the certification without following a single SAP course. That. http://www. socialize and connect. Some people prefer to self educate themselves.com . If it makes sense or not to do this. is something you have to figure out for yourself.sap. but rest assured these questions are being asked. combined with the fact that you can easily set up your own SAP HANA box on Amazon AWS means that you can self-educate yourself on the topic of SAP HANA to a certain extent.SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification Sample questions It's always a good idea to check out the sample questions for a certification. ask questions and practice hands-on while they are there. http://scn. They can give you an indication to what extent you are prepared but don't rely on them too much either because if you redo them multiple times you are bound to know the answer: https://training. Below I will try to provide honest answers from what I have seen / heard / experienced. this is related to the fact that there is a lot of SAP HANA content available on http:// help. In my opinion.sap.com/uploads/C_HANATEC_1_sample_items. There will also be additional information available at SAP TechED Madrid on the professional level for functional SAP HANA.pdf Expert networking session at SAP TechED Madrid picture 1. Commonly asked questions and misunderstandings Some of the questions might make you wonder to what extent some think about the questions they are asking.

What can you expect? Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 5 . What can you expect? • Willingness to learn • Willingness to verify knowledge Knowledgeable on the topic • At minimum theoretically (conceptual etc) • Overhauled exams proof some hands-on experience (can still be little) Professional level The professional level certification show that you are not only knowledgeable but that you have a deeper understanding of the topic and that you have been working in the topic area to some extent. it might not always be a good idea to do the certification right after following the SAP course. What can you expect from someone who holds an associate level certification? Recently. my recommendation is go for the education form that you feel matches your needs best. those certifications now focus more on questions that are geared towards on actual use of the SAP product in question. As such.SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification The SAP courses feature an environment that is larger than what the Amazon developer license offers as BusinessObjects and SAP ERP are part of the system landscape environment that is used during the training at SAP. Associate level The associate level certification can show that you are knowledgeable on a topic and the renewed exams can even proof you have some hands-on experience. SAP has plans for the professional level certification and is working on the professional level certification for SAP HANA but only for the application track (C_HANAIMP_x). a number of certifications have been overhauled. There are too many arguments not to have that certification in place yet. This brings added value to the certificate compared to what was in place previously but it also means it can be more challenging to pass the certification without having the actual work experience or hands-on experience which is targeted in the questions. hands-on. There will not be a SAP HANA technology professional certification in the near future. in a work environment. one of them is the need for hands-on verification (or a way to test hands-on knowledge in a sufficient way) for the technical part. What it doesn’t prove is that you would perform well in an implementation project but it is a good start point to get involved in an implementation project. In the end there is no right or wrong here.

Warning: Be careful investing your own money into education & certification. SAP has plans to change the professional certifications (I expect SAP HANA application professional level to already include these changes) to include additional elements to ensure the certification becomes more valuable and proves that the certificate holder is even more knowledgeable. Will SAP HANA certification deliver you a job on a SAP HANA project or implementation? Not by default. There are many pointers that make a person or project successful. Do it wisely. You can expect to hear more about this at SAP TechEd and through the SAP Community Network in the near future. what you love and love what you do”. The journey that gets you to that point is also important and it shows you have willingness to learn Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 6 . Do you think certifications hold added value? Yes. figure out what it’s about and check if you are into it. The professional level certification is definitely more difficult and the exam I did was an overhauled exam which has questions that require you to have used the product hands-on. Will this certification ensure your success? No. Other factors can be that the customer has certain preferences when it comes to experience of a candidate. Not having that experience will certainly lower your score and possibly make you fail. There is no such thing as job guarantee.SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification • Willingness to learn • Willingness to verify knowledge Knowledgeable on the topic • Beyond theoretical (understanding of related business processes etc) • Overhauled exams proof some hands-on experience (can still be little) I’ve done the professional level certification for SAP Solution Manager – Technology Professional. Will you be rich if you educate yourself in SAP HANA? Not by default. Don’t buy into marketing lines which state you will earn X or Y I always say “do . It’s not just the certification that matters. I do believe certifications hold added value. Don’t start because it’s a hype. Many persons are already certified in SAP HANA and competition is fierce on the SAP consultant market. Some customers might prefer actual implementation experience or they might prefer someone who has previous experience in other areas of SAP for example. a certification is not a guarantee for success.

I also did not have much experience with SAP HANA up front. It's probably wise to spend a (some) week(s) on it but it's hard to tell right because it depends on how much time you have. Closing comment I’m very happy with the recent collaboration of SAP Education &Certification department with the SAP community at large and the SAP Mentors. Awesome document for SAP Technology Associate certification. certification. How much time do you need to prepare for the certification? I’ve seen this question pass by often and there is no good answer to the question. hana. person X might not need much time and person Y might need a lot of time so take your time and go for the certification when you feel you have sufficient knowledge on the topic. c_hanatec_1 2012/10/29 2:33 Kumar Mayuresh Thanks for sharing. sap_certification. You can expect to hear more from all parties in the near future and we invite everyone to use the Training & Education space and its certification sub-space on SCN to discuss SAP educational and SAP certification related topics. Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 7 . sapmentor. @tomcenens. sap_hana. madrid. There is also no good median value. What is the passing score? The passing score for the exam that I took (C_HANATEC_1) was 65%. Please note that this can be subject to change when the exam versioning changes. It’s also a check for yourself to see to what extent you have absorbed the knowledge on the topic. sap_education. I can only recommend for this specific certification that you take some time to practice hands-on and that you don’t rush into the certification the evening of the end of SAP course HA200. As a reference: I took the exam about two weeks after following the SAP course but I didn't have sufficient time to really learn it very well (I felt underprepared going into the exam). 2302 sapteched. expert_networking_session.SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification which is important.

Now "if only" I can get my hands on a 26 hour day. 2012/10/29 7:18 Kevin Grove Tom Another great blog. I will be ready to pursue the training myself. Best regards Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 8 . Tom Cenens 2012/10/29 6:36 Andy Silvey Great job Tom All the best Andy.SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification Thanks a lot. Kevin Grove 2012/10/30 6:05 Tom Cenens Kumar Mayuresh Hi Kumar Thanks for the nice comment. You have provided some very valuable advice for those looking to pursue certification.

Best regards Tom Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 9 .SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification Tom 2012/10/30 6:05 Tom Cenens Andy Silvey Hi Andy Thank you for your nice comment. I understand what you mean time wise. It has been very hectic lately. why certain choices were made etc). Best regards Tom 2012/10/30 6:10 Tom Cenens Kevin Grove Hi Kevin Thanks for your nice comment. I embarged on a HANA quest to become SAP HANA certified and I also followed the OpenHPI In-Memory Data Management course which I can seriously recommend to any administrator who wants to know more about the inner workings of SAP HANA (compression techniquest. After switching companies. the course provided a lot of insight to what extent SAP HANA can really change things around.

. and thanks a lot for sharing such a deep. Let me add one helpful resource for exam preparation. Regards.. Jansi 2012/10/30 3:59 Tim Breitwieser Tom congratulation to this comprehensive walk-through on the HANA certification. Indeed very help ful.. Tim 2012/10/31 6:36 Tom Cenens Jansi Rani Murugesan Hi Jansi Thanks for your comment. Overall this blog should be very helpful for potential test takers so that they know how to prepare and what to expect from the exam. Feel free to ask questions if any arise. the exam preparation and the certification program as such.SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification 2012/10/30 9:00 Jansi Rani Murugesan Hi Tom.. a set of sample questions. Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 10 . Congratulations. I would love to see similar blogs on the HANA modeling exam and later on for the HANA Professional exam (which you can expect being announced not far from now).

don't rush into it too fast. I will update the blog post to have it incorporated. Thanks for the sample questions link. This blog contains information that I would have wanted before going into the exam so I hope many can use this to their advantage. It's probably worth mentioning that a lot of points are valid for the HANA modeling exam (the fact that the exam is reworked. Thanks for your comment. Best regards Tom 2012/10/31 7:00 Doug Martino Tom - Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 11 .SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification Best regards Tom 2012/10/31 6:40 Tom Cenens Tim Breitwieser Hi Tim. hands-on experience is more or less a prerequisite. Amazon AWS dev license edition can be used to some extent to self train).

Other units have gone through a major rework such as back-up & recovery or monitoring. And there are also new sections such as SAP HANA pre.. Aside from the content rework the new HA200 comes with an improved appearance providing a new look & feel. The extension by one day allows students getting more engaged in terms of covered contents and hands-on experience. Does anyone know if e-academy exists for consultants in India to do HANA course and get certified. I have been trying to reach SAP Education without any sucess for doing courses of my choice. The new HA200 as successor of TZH200 is now fully aligned with the SPS04 release. Doug 2012/11/2 11:55 Tim Breitwieser Hi Tom adding to the difference between HA200 and TH200 . India requests for your resume and then have recommend me for doing SAP HANA installation and administration course at their academy. In addition to the above mentioned excellent content.SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification Excellent overview of the certification process. I am keenly interested in doing the modelling course for which I am not allowed. some to a smaller degree like the SAP HANA studio unit. Nearly all contents have been reworked. With that the course teaches you all relevant technical aspects of SAP HANA from planning stage down to day-to-day operations. Thank You. Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 12 .& post-installation or Solution Manager in the context of SAP HANA. Tim 2012/11/5 2:15 S Rudra Hi. Myself being from developer background with six years of SAP Netweaver Portal experience. SAP Education. Is this same situation in other parts of the world? Seeking some guidance. there is also a set of technical infromation available which can be used as adjunct material for people that need to know HANA.. I am writing in from India.

Alternatively you might check the available online training courses: • • • • • HA100R (https://training.sap. Tim 2012/11/6 6:40 Tom Cenens Doug Martino Hi Doug Thanks for your comment and adding useful / valuable information to the blog post! Best regards Tom 2012/11/6 6:41 Tom Cenens Tim Breitwieser Hi Tim Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 13 .sap.SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification S Rudra 2012/11/5 2:54 Tim Breitwieser S Rudra Hi S Rudra there is no eAcademy available for HANA training. More info on preparation see blog above.com/course/HA100R-097-g-en/) HA200R (https://training.com/course/oha10-095-g-en/) Of these.sap.com/course/HA300R-097-g-en/) HA901R (https://training.com/course/ha901r-097-g-en/ OHA10 (https://training.sap.com/course/HA200R-097-g-en/) . HA100R and HA200R are the most relevant courses to prepare for the HANA technology certification.sap.release in Dec 2012 HA300R https://training.

. Don’t buy into marketing lines which state you will earn X or Y I always say “do .SAP+NetWeaver +Basis+Administrator%27s+Toolbox..SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification Thanks for adding this information. what you love and love what you do”. Best regards Tom 2012/11/6 4:43 Benedict Vasanth Great blog Tom. following Tom's example. Andy. I'm sure it will be useful / valuable information for many.like.Thanks for the guidance Will you be rich if you educate yourself in SAP HANA? Not by default...like 2012/11/6 4:50 Andy Silvey Benedict Vasanth Benedict. experience.sdn.. http://wiki.com/wiki/display/Community/Andy+Silvey%27s........ Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 14 . you will always be rich..sap. All the best..     like. thoughts.. 2012/11/7 11:04 Mageshwari Ramaiah S Rudra Hi Rudra.. if you share your knowledge.

Maggie 2012/11/7 3:59 Njungeb Geoffrey Hello Tom. here are some online official SAP Hana courses: https://training.sap. where can one study HANATEC1 online as a beginner? Thank you. Please. 2012/11/8 8:37 Andy Silvey Njungeb Geoffrey Hi. Regards.SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification As mentioned by Tim. Thanks for all the wonderful efforts you are sharing and for all the participants.com/bundles/product/sap-hana There is also a mountain of SAP Hana and Business Objects documentation in the SCN Wiki.It's really helpful. the SAP Netweaver Basis Administrator's Toolbox. Please send me your email id so that I can have my team get in touch with you for the HANA training and certification. here: Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 15 . there is no eAcademy available for HANA training.

action?pageId=309461179&bc=true All the best.sdn.sap.SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA: How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology Associate #Certification http://wiki. Andy. Generated by Jive on 2012-11-12+01:00 16 .com/wiki/pages/viewpage.

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