Having said that, I think you could also be successful as an Oracle DBA on the SAP side. I think you should send your resume to both kinds of employers -- Oracle Apps shops and SAP shops -- and see who bites. Go with the software that has the most demand for your skills. Assuming that is SAP, I would suggest finding a fairly large SAP project. The reason for this is that larger SAP projects tend to have an Oracle DBA role that is separate, for the most part, from an overall Basis role. This would allow you to fit comfortably onto an SAP project team from day one, focused on your Oracle DBA work. As you get more familiar with the SAP environment, opportunities to shift into a Basis-focused role might well emerge (for example, you are the trusted Oracle DBA and a Basis support person takes a job across the country. So, you are hired internally to take over the Basis role and manage the new Oracle DBA). A lot of people get hung up on certification, but what I've just described is a more reliable way of getting into SAP because it leverages your current skills.
This was first published in July 2006