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Should I take training in SD, BW or APO?

Call me 'living in a cave'. I have been working with R/2 (Sales and Distribution module) for past 3 years and is now getting an opportunity to get training for either R/3 SD module, BW or APO. Which one I should go for? I have 7 years on non-SAP consultancy experience and for past 3 years I have been deeply involved in Pricing and CPG related configuration. I am pretty comfortable with ABAP, Java and SD on the functional side.

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Wow... An R/2 consultant, a rare breed these days! We got a couple of R/2 jobs last quarter, and I had to rub my eyes to make sure I wasn't seeing things. I had forgotten all the module abbreviations, like RF, RK, etc. But I'm glad to hear that you're getting some training opportunities in R/3 and beyond. I wouldn't want to be the last R/2 consultant left standing - although there should be some kind of award given to whoever pulls that off! In terms of your training options, it's a tough call. On the one hand, I like the idea of SD training in R/3, because it would build on your previous R/2 SD exposure. But since you have a good technical background as well, I like the idea of BW exposure a little better. The reason I like BW so much is because it straddles the technical and functional areas of SAP. Because BW is tied into so many different SAP modules and mySAP products, a BW focus allows you to specialize without committing to one niche. At this point, while you're updating your overall skills, it's good not to commit to one area too soon.

This was first published in October 2002

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