I have recently had training on SAP SD 4.6 C module at Sapient College and got certified by SAP. I have no previous experience of SAP. Can this certification help me land a job? What is the market value of this certification? How should I try to get a functional consultants position in today's tight market. I have ten years experience in marketing and sales of software and equipment.
Certification has no objective market value at this time. I haven't seen a successful marketing and salesperson move into SAP functional consulting for a long time. I find myself surprised that this represents your best option at the moment. My suggestion with sales and marketing folks is typically to link up with a consulting firm, leveraging your current sales and marketing skills, and see if you can inch your way into a pre-sales role that would start to give you hands-on technology exposure. You probably wouldn't have much of a problem finding consulting firms willing to give you a "ground floor," commission-only sales opportunity right now, but that type of job might be a recipe for frustration in this slow economy. Perhaps a better option is to find some kind of third-party SAP vendor, such as a middleware reporting product or business intelligence add-on, that is selling pretty well right now. Even if you aren't learning directly about SAP, you'd be learning about how to integrate certain tools in an SAP environment. This might be one way to get your foot in the door and get more technically savvy. It may sound like a fairly off-the-wall approach, but take it from me, the conventional "get certification, get an SAP consulting job" approach is NOT going to work.
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