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SAP careers in the pharmaceutical industry

I have a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences and have a non-IT background. I am working for the past 3 years as a research scientist in the field of pharmaceutical R&D for a startup company.

Will SAP help me to increase my value in the pharmaceutical industry? What kind of training should I go for?

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SAP adds value to your skills profile only if you are working for pharmaceutical companies that are running on (or implementing) SAP. Fortunately for you, the pharmaceutical industry is a strong one for SAP and there are a number of SAP customers that fit the bill. I'm not sure what SAP's latest courses are pertaining to the pharmaceutical industry solution, but I would suggest that you put your resources and research energy into learning as much as you can about SAP's vertical functionality pertaining to the pharmaceutical industry.

That is the functional crossroads where you can add the most value. Keep in mind that as of mySAP ERP 2005, all the industry solutions ship with the core SAP ERP component. This may also present an opportunity to get on board with a company that is moving to mySAP ERP 2005 and looking to bring more SAP pharmaceutical experience in house -- assuming that you have found a way to acquire some of that know-how.

This was first published in July 2007

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