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Chance to join SAP consultancy firm and learn ABAP

I have an opportunity to join an SAP consultancy firm and learn ABAP. My background is in Web development using ASP. What's your take on the matter?

I have an opportunity to join an SAP consultancy firm and learn ABAP. My background is in Web development using ASP. What's your take on the matter?
It's hard to see a downside to joining a consultancy and learning ABAP - as long as they have a project waiting for you on the other side! If they don't have some hands-on work for you, then I would be a bit more wary. It might still be a good thing to do, but as you're probably aware, your IT skills can't develop real "teeth" without being tied into project work. It's hard for me to say that this ABAP option is better than what you currently do because I don't know enough about your ASP career prospects, salary, and other key factors. As a rule, I like the idea of getting enterprise-related technical skills. By that I mean: the larger the company, the more mission-critical the project, the more marketable your technical skills become. And the good thing about SAP is that the companies you are working with will be of a decent size. In the long run, even if you do learn ABAP, you will want to find ways of combining your ABAP and your web development skills - bringing all of your programming skills together. SAP is relying more and more on web-based development, so the mix of ABAP and web development could really serve you well down the line.
This was first published in February 2004

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