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Aspiring SAP professional needs flexibility

I am a graduate student with a major in information systems. I am planning a career in BW. I would like to know about the current career opportunities in BW and if I should also concentrate on any other SAP module like FI/CO or SEM to enhance my opportunities in the job market?

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BW market opportunities are pretty good these days. BW is used in many SAP settings, and it looks to me like most SAP users are continuing to expand their BW-based functions. BW/SEM is a nice combination, as this skill set is a mix of commonly-used functionality (BW) and niche functionality (SEM). The great thing about BW is that depending on your interests, you can merge BW skills with a range of functional and technical areas. You can combine BW and FI/CO, or you can be a BW systems administrator of BW developer. There is even an emerging role for BW security experts.

So yes, I like BW, and I don't feel it limits you to a narrow focus. At the same time, as an aspiring SAP professional, you should keep your options open and remain flexible to opportunities. The key is to get hands-on project experience -- you can always transition SAP skills from the inside. It's better to go where the openings are than to bang your head against the wall looking only for a particular kind of position.

This was first published in July 2005

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