One of the keys to getting into this competitive SAP market is to make sure that the area of SAP you are pursuing...
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matches up well with your current skills. Given your functional business background and materials know-how, you're on the right track by thinking of Materials Management. But I would advise you to keep an open mind into new areas also, like supply chain management and supplier relationship management -- growing areas that also draw on the core materials knowledge.
It might be that pursuing an advanced SAP application would give you more opportunities than the core MM area. I would advise you to learn a lot more about the products in the mySAP Business Suite and figure out how your overall background might tie into both the core ERP release (ECC 5.0) and the add-on mySAP products like CRM and SRM. To me, your best opportunity would be to work for a company that is implementing or upgrading SAP.
You want to get hands-on skills in SAP first. Whether you start as an employee or as a consultant doesn't really matter. You may also want to apply to some consulting firms. Most firms cannot put someone without any SAP experience on a project, but, with your MBA, you may be able to get hired by a consulting firm that is willing to invest in you and put you on a large SAP project where you can be a valuable contributor and work alongside more senior-level SAP colleagues. As for the opportunities in SAP, I think there are great opportunities for those who have a passion for SAP and are willing to work hard to achieve them. If that sounds like you, then by all means pursue an SAP career.
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