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Go after BW while strengthening an ABAP skill set

Thanks for reading my post. I have gone through some of your past answers and have a question for you.

I have been working with ABAP for the last two years and now I'm thinking of going into BW training. But once in

a while I start feeling that I still have to learn a lot in ABAP. I have very basic knowledge of SAP functional modules and no configuration knowledge.

Do I need to spend some more time in ABAP before thinking about BW? I'm a bit confused about how I should plan.

It sounds like you have a strong desire to develop your ABAP skills, so I would continue to do that. At the same time, I would definitely try to pursue BW-related skills as well. I don't see this as an "either/or." You can work on both aspects.

There is some challenging BW work that requires excellent ABAP programmers. The problem with only pursuing ABAP is that with only ABAP skills, you are under a great risk of seeing your job outsourced. And the problem with pursuing only BW is that you have stated pretty clearly that you are drawn to the challenges of ABAP, and I feel you shouldn't turn away from the skill areas you have a strong desire to pursue. So, go after both, and take on the most challenging projects you can.

This was first published in July 2005

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