I certainly wish I would have read your columns and done some more research earlier; however, my current situation is that I am a relatively new grad (BSc. CISC), recently certified as a solutions consultant in mySAP Financials (R/3 Enterprise).
The news for you is mostly good: one of the most common ways to break into SAP is from the Java/web development side. I would focus less on trying to get into SAP and more on taking on the most challenging programming projects you can. If you become an all-star Java programmer, someone who can handle custom development in large corporate settings, you should be able to find your way into SAP sooner or later.
This was first published in July 2005