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Technical SAP consultant vs. functional SAP consultant

What is the difference between a functional and a technical SAP consultant?

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This is a basic question but an important one if you are looking at careers in SAP. Technical SAP consultants are generally either programmers or systems administrators, whereas functional consultants bring value by combining particular business process knowledge, such as financial knowledge, with the "know-how" of configuring the aspect of SAP that pertains to that process knowledge. So for example, a functional SAP FI consultant generally has a financials background, and understands how to configure the FI tables in accordance with a user's business processes.

This was first published in May 2005

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