I am currently looking for a new job, but my Basis skills are bit rusty compared to my NetWeaver skills, and most management positions in the Asia-Pacific region require a functional background. So I can't find myself a position in SAP arena.
In other words, I am too old to go back as a Basis administrator or consultant, and I can't move foward in management without any functional background. Should I go functional? Would it be a bit late for me to go functional now?
On the other hand, if you decide to remain a Basis person, you do want to try to get into NetWeaver. For example, you might be able to find a company doing an upgrade and you can "upgrade" your skills along with it. It sounds to me like you want to get into management more than anything. Have you considered a master's degree? In my mind, if I'm trying to break into a higher-level management role, a master's degree is more helpful than some hands-on SAP skills, whether they are functional or not. You might be able to get into management faster pursuing the technical management side via technical team lead and technical project management roles. I don't know the Asian-Pacific market all that well, but it sounds like there may be more options out there than you might think offhand.
This was first published in December 2005