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Adding APO to consulting skills

I am an SAP Consultant with seven years of experience mainly in the oil sector. My areas of expertise is around FI, MM and integration experience with SD, PM and PS. I have worked with Business workflow and limited HR as well. My question is:
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Can I move on to SAP APO Acadamy/certification and see a benefit for myself as a good consultant?
- Is there a possibilty for me to start working in an APO project?
Thanks for your time.
I like your thinking. APO is indeed a nice focus for you. With all of your oil experience, some IS-Oil configuration experience might also be a nice addition to your skills profile. The problem with APO is that, like most emerging areas of SAP, it is not emerging fast enough to provide entry points for less experienced consultants. The bulk of APO contracts go to folks with at least two or three years of APO implementation experience. Even if they are not certified in APO and you are, you won't beat these folks out. The only way for someone without APO to get that experience these days is to be in the right place at the right time, and end up getting pulled onto a project team with a company that decides to implement APO. And that's where the training can help you. If you're already a proven quantity on a project, and that company likes you and appreciates your contribution, and if they decide to implement APO, and you already have the training, you could be lucky enough to get on the project. It's an elaborate scheme, but just about the only one that works these days. APO training would be a great investment for you, but remember, it's not about immediate results, it's about meeting other consultants, expanding your network, and building towards a long-term consulting direction.

This was first published in June 2003

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