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How can an ABAP developer add BW skills?

I am 23 years old. I am a computer engineer and I've started my career as an ABAP developer. My company is not giving me any advanced knowledge in SAP technologies. I want to grow in technical skills and want to work in BW or move to the functional side. Please advise.

I am 23 years old. I am a computer engineer and I've started my career as an ABAP developer. My company is not giving me any advanced knowledge in SAP technologies. I want to grow in technical skills and want to work in BW or move to the functional side. Please advise.
I can understand your desire to add BW skills or move to the functional side. In the long term, a career in BW or a functional area of SAP will probably be more lucrative and stable than an ABAP career, which is more vulnerable to outsourcing.

The best thing would be to get help from your company making this move. But it sounds like you might have already...

reached a "dead end" with them in terms of pursuing such an opportunity. If that's the case, then you need to start looking for another firm that will give you the exposure to advanced areas of SAP you are looking for.

Ideally, you can get hired in a new aspect of SAP that you are excited to learn and master. But if you can't get a job in a new area, don't close your mind to a programming job either. Some companies do innovative things with their programmers and you might be able to find such a company. For example, you might be able to find a company that wants to use your ABAP skills while you work within BW customizing reports and business intelligence. Obviously, this would be a great way to use your ABAP skills, but also get exposure to an area you are interested in.

One of the big mistakes to avoid is insisting on too much of a skills change right when you are hired. Most skills transitions are gradual. So, if you can't find a perfect new job right away, as long as you can find one that will get you going halfway towards a better direction, that should be good enough. Sometimes we have to be willing to trade on our current skills to get where we want to go.

This was last published in May 2006

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