This means that there is currently less demand for PI skills, and its demand relative to supply that ultimately dictates the marketability of a particular consulting niche. PI appears to have a strong future because it is going to serve as the messaging and integration hub for NetWeaver and eSOA going forward. But there are other middleware and integration options from other vendors, so SAP has still has work to do convincing its customer...
base that PI is the integration hub they should be investing in. I do expect PI to be successful, and I think in the long run, it will be a nice consulting niche, but in the short term, I would go BI over PI. Once you ad BI, you may want to pursue MDM (Master Data Management), which ties in nicely with BI and also puts you even closer to eSOA, PI, and other NetWeaver components.
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