Now I am wondering whether to continue in SAP PP and build expertise in APO or leverage the skills in SAP PP and PLM and look for some hands-on experience in integration scenarios that involve PP and PLM.
I am finding it quite challenging to get a breakthrough in SAP PLM and I feel I have not grown to the extent I should have because of loss of focus.
One thing I would avoid is the APO route. The APO market is pretty flat right now, due largely, I think, to the complexity of the implementations. SAP is trying to jump start that market by emphasizing the overall SCM product offering, but it's not clear to me what kind of consulting work is coming out of that area right now. So, the pursuit of PLM combined with some core R/3 areas like MM and PP makes the best sense. (R/3 is called ECC in the new mySAP ERP release, but it's the same idea as far as providing some core skills exposure).
This was first published in March 2006