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I took training in FI functional module few years ago. My company is running on version 3.1I. They are holding off any further training and upgrading to a newer version because of the tight budget. I worked on all modules in creating reports and also worked with crystal reports. Should I get training in functional side to improve my skills or learn Java or BW?

I have four years experience in SAP mainly as an ABAP programmer. I took training in FI functional module few years ago. My company is running on version 3.1I. They are holding off any further training and upgrading to a newer version because of the tight budget. I worked on all modules in creating reports and also worked with crystal reports. Should I get training in functional side to improve my skills or learn Java or BW? Please advice.
Although ABAP can be a tough area, I don't really recommend a functional switch. The competition there is too steep. A better idea is to take the advice I offer most ABAP programmers: build on your core technical skills with Web-based programming (XML, Java), BW, EAI, and perhaps Portals. This should give you more marketability both inside and outside of SAP. In addition to the answers you see here, I have addressed ABAP in this column's frequently answered questions. The direct link to the FAQ is: http://searchsap.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid21_gci900457,00.html
This was last published in August 2003

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