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?
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