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Becoming an SAP functional consultant, one step at a time

I am an eBusiness analyst with seven years of experience. I have worked as a project manager and a business analyst. My last job was with an MNC and I was involved in the order management process for two years. The company had implemented SAP for the order management. Although I was not a complete user, my involvement as a user was limited as I was more into designing processes for the OM. I would like to advance my career and want to get into a functional SAP role. Please advice me how to proceed. Do I need certification or a course?

I am an eBusiness analyst with seven years of experience. I have worked as a project manager and a business analyst....

My last job was with an MNC and I was involved in the order management process for two years. The company had implemented SAP for the order management. Although I was not a complete user, my involvement as a user was limited as I was more into designing processes for the OM.

I would like to advance my career and want to get into a functional SAP role. Please advice me how to proceed. Do I need certification or a course?

Certification might help a bit, but it's not going to push you over the top. If you have gobs of cash lying around, by all means, get the certification; but if money is tight, be wary of making that investment. Certification is more of a help to experienced SAP consultants than it is to those with limited SAP experience.

Since you do have some SAP user experience, you have a shot at a functional consulting role over time. What you may want to do is to try a gradual transition instead of a "big leap." It's hard to make the jump from where you are to full-fledged SAP consultant because there are a lot of very senior SAP folks out there taking up the best roles. On the other hand, I have seen a number of folks in your position get into functional consulting by doing more of a gradual transition.

Here's an example of such a process: I know a number of consultants who have moved from a user role, to a "super user role," where they became the point of contact with the functional implementation teams. They added user training skills to that background, and eventually got picked up for consulting roles based on the increasing knowledge of the implementation process. Sometimes when people have trouble getting from point A to point B within SAP it's because they are really trying to go from point A to E. It's hard to skip steps into today's competitive job market, so break down your career path, and you should have excellent results.

This was last published in September 2005

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as a begineer of sap how do i advance to become a consultant?

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