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The job description for an SAP portals consultant

Expert Sam Gassem defines the role of an SAP portals consultant and lists the skills required.

Dear Sir,

What is the main job of a portal consultant?

Consultants function as integrators between business needs and technology solutions. Responsibilities include, among others, performing current state analysis, defining systems strategy, developing system requirements, designing and prototyping, testing, training, defining support procedures and implementation. Consultants perform accurate analysis and effective diagnosis of client issues and manage day-to-day client relationships at peer client levels.

Specific technical skills required:

Portal versions
- EP5 SP5 (min), EP6 SP6 (even better)
- Installation
- Database (Oracle / MS SQL Server),
- Operating Systems (Windows 2000 / 2003, Unix, Linux)
- Java Environment Setup,
- Portal Install, ODBC/JDBC
- SAP Basis Installation (DESIREABLE)
- Development
- ABAP (DESIREABLE)
- Java
- Knowledge of Portal Developer Kit
- iViews, eventing, Single Sign On, system connections)
- SAP GUIs (ITS, Java, Win),
- Web Development skills
- (Java preferably but Microsoft is a good start), XML, SAP WebDynpro
- Add-ons
- Knowledge Management
- Content
Management and (TREX) Searching
- Collaboration
- Portal Business Packages
Security
- Web (https)
- SAP (SNC)
- LDAP and/or Active Directory
- SAP user management
- SAP Role based security
- Access Control Lists

This was first published in October 2006

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