I'm Marc Van de Velde and work as ICT-manager at Desco. Desco NV. is a wholesale/retail company, located in Belgium and supplying plumbing material to plumbers. End of last year we have decided to buy SAP as renewal for our legacy systems. We have also decided to implement SAP on the AS/400 platform since our legacy system is implemented on the same environment; we have experience with this environment and we believe it is the most reliable platform around.
December last year we have started to load the IDES environment on our development environment which is completed by now. Beginning of January we started with the installation of our DEV-environment on our development machine. This installation is quite time consuming since our consultant has a lot of SAP installation knowledge unfortunately he has no knowledge of the AS/400. We try to help him out on this area and by now we have learned that installing SAP on the AS/400 requires a lot of PTF's and CUMPKG's. We believe we have downloaded the last set of PTF's this weekend and now we're busy with setting-up secondary languages and installing the first clients.
During this 1 month of experience I'm convinced of the fact that we should learn SAP-AS/400 administration in-depth and as soon as possible. Contacting SAP I find out that there is no such course in Belgium in 2001 and a course in Manchester (UK) has finished last Thursday. There is only 1 course - around the world - given in English in San Francisco later this year.
Does anyone have suggestions on finding alternatives for this i.e. is this course given by IBM as well? Are there other companies who give such courses ? Can't I gain knowledge by self-study ? If so, where can I find the study material.