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Utilizing e-procurement in a SAP career

Our expert guides an e-procurement professional on starting a career in SAP.

I am from a commerce background. I worked for about four years in BPO sector, of which I worked one year in e-procurement using Oracle. This involved creation of purchase orders, setting up of vendors and coordinating with end-users. I would like a career in SAP CRM. Is this the right move?
Moving into SAP CRM could be a good move. I always tell people, "go where the opportunities are." The one thing you don't want to do is to narrow your options too soon. For example, with your e-procurement background, you would fit even better with SAP SRM (Supplier Relationship Management), which includes SAP's e-procurement functionality.

Why not pursue an area of SAP that you can make a contribution to from day one? This makes your background more...

appealing to potential employers. It's true that SAP CRM is a bit hotter of a market than SAP SRM, but your skills tend to match up a little better with SRM, and there are plenty of consultants doing very well in SRM. I think you would be successful in either area, so it makes sense to pursue what is out there. I like your thinking about taking your current knowledge and leveraging it in an ERP environment. I don't see any reason why you couldn't do that. As always, the biggest challenge is landing that first project. I frequently answer questions on breaking into SAP in this Ask The Expert feature, so check out some of the previous answers for more on this.

This was last published in July 2006

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