I am planning to undergo training in APO/PP/MM modules to gain some technical knowledge and wanted to make sure I am taking the right steps.
Can I market myself as a functional consultant once I undertake the training? Is the technical training going to be any help or am I better off trying to look for jobs within my area of expertise (i.e., planning)?
I think the training would help, though the main thing is to find ways of getting a full-time job using your functional skills in SAP. If you can't do that at your current job, you may want to move to another company that will give you more chances to move from a user to a super-user type of role. From super-user, you can move that much closer to the implementation team.
So, it's more likely you'll move from user to super-user first, and then take the next step. I would probably lean more towards MM/PP than APO right now, only because the APO market is a bit slow at the moment. You could also look at SRM, as there are some growth areas there, including vendor-managed inventory. The main thing is that you have the right target areas. From here, the key is to remain flexible and go where the opportunities are. Good luck!
This was first published in June 2006