Yes, companies do care about the databases and operating systems you have used as a Basis person. It's not so much the certifications - it's the hands-on Basis skills in particular environments that's the key. For example, there are times where Basis-NT skills have been hot. Occasionally, I'll see a job like a Basis-AIX position where the company only wants Basis folks with that particular background. But getting certified in those operating systems doesn't really do a whole lot for you in the SAP world. I'd rather see you get a WAS (Web Application Server) certification. As far as your three year plan, I think you just want to evolve along with SAP into a web-based architecture expertise. I don't see a lot of lucrative openings in the SAP field going forward - it's really more about keeping yourself marketable and avoiding periods of unemployment. If you can stay "on project," then you should be able to make decent (but not outrageous) money.
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