A few say that this is right time to become project manager, but I still feel that I am not quite ready in SAP. I am interested in meeting clients and travelling, but Basis is something of a dead-end street. Is XI or BI or perhaps the techno-functional side better for me? Any advice?
One way to move towards project management but not take the plunge is to start taking on hands-on technical team lead roles. This will build on your leadership skills without requiring you to leave your hands-on technical role. Over time, you might get a better feeling for which career path is just right for you. If you had to choose between BI and XI, I would take BI, only because it is more prevalent on SAP project sites right now. But, any of SAP's new NetWeaver technologies are going to serve you well.
Finally, I'm not a big fan of the techno-functional skill set. I think the most marketable SAP consultants are about 80/20 technical versus functional or vice versa. Having said that, there are lots of great functional SAP folks with good technical backgrounds. I hope these comments help you to prioritize your decisions.
This was first published in October 2007