SAP Basis support, SAP Basis jobs and SAP administration books

Discover the best SAP Basis administration books and resources to help you obtain SAP Basis jobs, get SAP Basis support and build your SAP Basis career.

SAP Basis administration is a complex activity, but one that rewards diligent study. It's therefore worth your

time to keep up with the latest patches and support packs, follow the SAP Basis job market closely, decide whether to pursue certification, and read the right SAP administration books. Investing time in these activities will keep the skills of practicing SAP Basis administrators sharp and prepare budding SAP Basis consultants to enter the job market with better credentials. In this section, find out about SAP Basis support, find job resources and learn how to brush up on your skills with SAP administration books.


SAP Basis training tutorial
SAP Basis administration tips and tricks: Transports, tables, SAPGUI
More functions in SAP Basis: Transactions, security, copying, printing
SAP Basis support, SAP Basis jobs and SAP administration books

 

SAP Basis support and help

No matter how much knowledge you have, SAP Basis administration requires you to implement frequent help and support options from SAP. To that end, learn more about kernel patch upgrades on a three-tier system and read tips on downloading kernel executables versus patches. There is also a handy guide to decompressing HR patches, and advice on what to do if you're stuck in applying support packages; and there's a guide to help you through the difficult process of understanding support pack notes and getting technical information at the OS level.
SAP's Online Service System (OSS) is a resource for SAP Basis administrators to obtain SAP Basis support and help. Here's how you configure OSS, and how you can set up an OSS connection over VPN. If you have OSS problems, here's a fix; there are also ways to perform OSS source code corrections.

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Consult sample Basis interview questions
 

SAP Basis jobs

Given the foundational nature of Basis, it's a safe bet that there will be decent opportunities in this sector, given SAP's vast installed base. If you're interested in an SAP Basis job, you should learn whether Basis certification is really necessary; since Basis certification can be a big investment, it pays to do your research here. If you decide to go for certification, here is a list of sample Basis interview questions. You might be able to build a career in Basis even if your primary experience is in Basis support, or if you are an SAP authorization expert.

If you want to start a Basis career, know that there are several options. One path is to leverage your familiarity with Basis support to move into consulting. However, there are circumstances under which you might want to stay put in Basis functional support. If your Basis skills are out of date, consider instead a career in another module, such as SAP CRM. Some experts feel that anyone with Basis skills would also do well to improve his Java skills, especially given the ascendancy of NetWeaver.

SAP Basis administration books

Keep advancing your SAP Basis intelligence by consulting some of the available books in the marketplace, starting with Giovanni Davila's SAP Basis Administration and Lianne Will's SAP R/3 System Administration: The Official SAP Guide. If you're one of those who prefer the Dummies format, try Joey Hirao and Jim Meade's SAP R/3 Administration for Dummies. The SAP R/3 Administrator's Handbook, Basis Administration for SAP guidebook and the SAP Performance Optimization Guide are also excellent resources.

Finally, visit the Basis section of SAP Press and browse through the SearchSAP.com Bookshelf to find more information on SAP Basis.


SAP Basis training tutorial
SAP Basis administration tips and tricks: Transports, tables, SAPGUI
More functions in SAP Basis: Transactions, security, copying, printing
SAP Basis support, SAP Basis jobs and SAP administration books


 

This was first published in December 2008

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