What is the market outlook for jobs in Basis aministration? If you have a good deal of Basis experience, what's the way to make the most of it? Is Basis a skill set that's worth pursuing?
According to SearchSAP.com career expert Jon Reed, the outlook for SAP Basis jobs is good. But be forewarned, Basis is evolving and we're seeing increasing focus on NetWeaver technology. Focusing exclusively on Basis without considering NetWeaver would be akin to trying to break in as a Windows administrator by learning all about Windows 2000. While a good deal of companies are still running the latter, it's not long before it will be outdated by more recent versions.
If you are working in Basis or hoping to, stay on top of NetWeaver developments as well. Keep tabs on Web Application Server, as well as BW and security. Demand for NetWeaver skills will probably increase over the coming years, so for new professionals considering entering the market, it may be best to focus on NetWeaver rather than Basis. Another advantage of the Basis angle: many positions require in-person attendance, which provides some degree of outsource-proofing.
Being an integral part of the NetWeaver platform, XI is another area to watch. Not too many companies have embarked on XI projects, but more probably will in the future. More resources on this:
- Expert FAQ: Basis Administration
- Basis administration tip archive
- Featured Topic: All about Basis
- Quiz: A 360 in SAP Basis
- Basis Learning Guide
- SAP NetWeaver Learning Guide
- SAP Security Learning Guide
- SAP XI Learning Guide
- SearchSAP.com's Basis Administration section
FINDING YOUR SPECIAL NICHE
Scenario 1: Basis and NetWeaver
Scenario 2: ABAP/Java development
Scenario 3: CRM, PLM and SD
Scenario 4: SRM
Scenario 5: Becoming a trainer
Scenario 6: BW
Review: Conclusion and more resources
This was first published in December 2005