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Siebel or SAP after C/C++ training?

I'm currently facing a tough situation. After being trained in C/C++ I'm being given the option to choose a career in either Siebel or SAP. As I'm a fresher to this technical field, please suggest the best of these fields.

I'm currently facing a tough situation. After being trained in C/C++ I'm being given the option to choose a career in either Siebel or SAP. As I'm a fresher to this technical field, please suggest the best of these fields.
My SAP-over-Oracle bias is going to come out here, but I don't see this as a tough question for you. You are choosing between the leading enterprise software product (SAP) and a niche CRM product with struggling market share that was acquired by Oracle for significantly less than what it would have sold for a few years ago. So, if you choose a Siebel career, what you are really choosing is an Oracle career. I know that Oracle recently announced long-term support for all the packages it acquired, but I'll believe that when I see it.

At any rate, it's become clear that the best way to approach CRM is in the context of an integrated ERP-CRM solution...

such as that SAP offers. This makes sense, when you think about it -- can you realize the potential of CRM if you don't have access to backend information? Very few companies offer customers true real-time visibility into the ordering process. In theory, a tightly integrated CRM-ERP suite could do that. Add to this the fact that SAP's CRM consulting market is as strong as any of its mySAP add-on products, and I think you have a pretty strong case for SAP-CRM over Siebel. Now if you'd asked me about Salesforce.com versus SAP, that would have been a tougher question. The "on demand" CRM market is obviously growing, and SAP's own product in this area is something to keep an eye on.

This was last published in May 2006

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