What is SAP?
a German multinational software corporation
that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer
The above definition
sourced from Wikipedia doesn’t obiviouisly imply on what a career in SAP be like.
To understand the career
opportunities possible in SAP one needs to understand SAP as a software
product. The SAP world also, has its own lingo which I shall try my
best to explain, highlighting them in blue.
What are SAP Products?
SAP Business Products
SAP ERP product is
called ECC (Enterprise central
component). It is the most prominent SAP software as it servers all major
functions a company may need. ECC is the centre of any
SAP customer landscape. All major transactions happen in this system,
like Finance (FI), Costing, HR, sales and
distribution (SD), material management (MM) etc.
Other SAP business
products are peripheral to ECC and provide additional functionalities that
are not directly provided by ECC.
SAP Functional Consultant
(consultants) are needed to configure the above products for the customers.
These Consultants are referred to as SAP functional
Consultants. Every consultant is trained and is an expert on atleast
one of the above mentioned functionality.
Ideally, to begin a
career in SAP as a functional consultant you will need to have practical experience by
working in one of these domains, also you need to be formally trained and certified
in the same.
If you already
have experience of working in any of the above domains you can get
trained in SAP training centers and complete the certification.
For freshers the best would be to get hired as an MBA student by an
MNC, which may train you in one of the above SAP Modules.
SAP Technical Careers
is marketed as a Business solution but there are a lot of technical products
that are involved in its implementation.
Technical systems like BI, Portal (EP), Portal,
Middleware (PI), Data Management (MDM), etc.
fresh Engineers possible ways to get into SAP technical jobs is if the company
that hired you decides to train you in one of the above skills. Or if you can
convince your employer to get you trained in it. To self start
a technical career in SAP you will need to take up training and get yourself
certified in one of the below skills. Now I would not comment on how
easy/difficult it is to get a job as fresher. It is a different matter
Every customer ‘s need
is different and SAP as a software
provide functionalities to tailor needs of a large
customer base across various industries. Hence every customer
has to make changes to SAP and develop additional programs in SAP to run their business.
SAP coding language is called ABAP. Professionals who code this changes
are called ABAP Constants or ABAPer.
There is no pre-
qualification to be a ABAPer but having knowledge / Degree in software development is
obviously a big advantage.
SAP Basis is slightly more
difficult to explain to someone who has not worked in SAP and who does not
understand SAP eco-system. A BASIS Constant is someone who is an administrator to all SAP systems
running for a customer. There is no natural or well defined path that
leads you to a career as a BASIS Consultant. DBAs or OS Admins can take up
a conscious decision to get trained and certified in SAP
SAP ABAP and BASIS are
two technical skills needed for all SAP projects. These are 2 major skills with
which most people begin their SAP technical career.
EP Constant - SAP Enterprise Portal
If you have knowledge
/ experience in JAVA it will be quite easy for you to pick up this
BI Consultant -
SAP Business Intelligence
One of the SAP best
products and has always been a hot SAP skill.
- SAP Process Integration
This is SAP's middle
ware software which acts as a message broker between SAP systems and it also
helps with communication with the Non SAP systems.
SAP is marketed as a Business solution but there are a lot of technical products that are involved in its implementation.
Technical systems like BI, Portal (EP), Portal, Middleware (PI), Data Management (MDM), etc.
If you have knowledge / experience in JAVA it will be quite easy for you to pick up this skill.
One of the SAP best products and has always been a hot SAP skill.
This is SAP's middle ware software which acts as a message broker between SAP systems and it also helps with communication with the Non SAP systems.