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Is there a career in PLM software implementation?

I am a software consultant with a masters in engineering, eight years experience in the software development and five years in product life cycle management tools like TeamCenter Engineering, workflow management, and CMII areas. Would SAP be the right choice for me?

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I don't necessarily believe there is one right choice. SAP would certainly be one possible choice. SAP does have a PLM product and a lot of customers who will consider implementing it. But, the SAP PLM market hasn't taken off yet. Do I think there is a career in PLM software implementation? Definitely. The strategy importance of PLM continues to increase.

Whether you are better off sticking to a best of breed PLM software program or pursuing SAP's PLM solution is a matter of choice. So, I like your PLM skills based on market trends, but you may find the SAP PLM market hard to break into until more customers start implementing it. You might be wise to invest in SAP PLM training, and in addition to getting the training under your belt, you might learn which customers are implementing PLM. I don't believe that PLM training is enough to secure an SAP PLM project yet, but if the market takes off and the demand for PLM consultants picks up, someone like you would be in a good position to get in on the action.

Right now, the PLM projects are going to the experienced SAP PLM consultants, but with your background, you could be part of the "next wave." I would get the training, but then stay flexible to PLM opportunities and go where the action is, whether or not it involves SAP.

This was first published in July 2005

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