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Gaining hands-on SAP configuration skills

I am currently working for a telecommunications company as an SAP process and functional support person on the business side. I was brought on to our SAP implementation team to deliver MM/WM in 1998. Although my role as business liason between our SAP team and the supply department of the business has grown somewhat (new functionality testing and project delivery, training, process re-engineering etc.) I don't have any configuration experience and moderate (at best) formal SAP training. It is near impossible to break into our SAP team because of cutbacks in this area of the company. What are my career development opportunities with SAP at this point?
Your career prospects in SAP will be limited until you get some hands-on configuration skills. It's too bad your current company won't help you with that. Your only option is to find another project that will help you get ahead in that direction. It won't be easy, but I think you might have enough SAP skills to land another SAP-related position. You'll probably have to be patient to get the configuration skills, but if you keep trying, you may pull it off. I wish I could give you a bullet-proof plan of action, but switching companies is the only option I can see. Certification can help you too, but it's not a cure-all for the dilemma you are facing. Some overall improvements in the economy would do wonders for increasing the opportunities for folks like yourself that need a good break to push ahead.
This was last published in October 2003

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