I have several years R/3 consulting experience in PP, PM and MM, with both one of the major consulting houses and more recently, independent. I have been based either in New Zealand or Australia. My question: What advice can you offer on broadening my skill set towards other products/areas either inside or outside of SAP?
It's always nice to hear from readers across the world. Just so everyone is clear, my expertise in SAP really pertains to the U.S. market. Outside of the U.S., I'll do my best, but my knowledge is more limited. And for those of you who write in from outside the U.S., you need to tell me where you're writing from. Some issues are general, but some are region-specific.
Getting back to your particular question, since this column is all about SAP, I'm not going to advise you on options outside of SAP. Personally, if I were leaving SAP, I'd leave the whole IT industry, and maybe open a restaurant.
As for your options within SAP, it probably won't surprise you that I advise moving in the direction of the mySAP applications. The best mySAP areas to target are the ones that play to your core strengths. With your production planning background, I'd take a look at APO and how your skills might match up with the skills needed on APO implementations. You need to figure out what you don't know - what knowledge gaps you need to fill. Hands-on skills are the key, but APO training might also help, by giving you the confidence to "connect the dots" and push for APO project experience. On the horizon, you might also want to look ahead at Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). I don't know enough about your skills to know exactly how you'd fit in - that's your homework. It's good stuff to be working on though. You need to think ahead in this market, or you'll fall behind. Just remember not to get frustrated if it takes a while to make the transition. No areas in SAP are super hot right now. In the meantime, just try to stay on interesting projects and work on the most recent versions of SAP you can possibly get your hands on.
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