I am not a programmer or a software engineer so I don't even know if I can handle this. All I know is that I want to get out of tax business, as it is just too monotonous and I don't feel like I am being challenged anymore.
One thing that you will discover as you learn more is that you don't need to be a technical guru to succeed in SAP. I have personally worked with a number of outstanding SAP financials consultants, many of who don't have heavy technical skills. Some of them are like you, and got their start in tax and accounting backgrounds. So, there are ways to transition from a functional financial background into SAP. Will it be easy? No. But the good news is that it won't cost you much money to buy a couple of excellent books on SAP financials and start getting a better view of what you're getting into. That should help you decide if you want to proceed.
Another avenue you may want to explore is that many SAP customers use a third-party tax software program called Vertex. I'd recommend researching that program and consider pursuing a career that combines SAP and Vertex installations. The more you can take advantage of your previous experience instead of running away from it, the better your changes to break into the competitive SAP market. As for training itself, my feeling is that for individual consultants there is really no substitute for training directly from SAP itself. This costs a significant amount of money, however, and there are no guarantees of placement on the other side. If you read all my previous columns -- and there are a lot of them -- you'll see a lot of answers for people who are trying to break into SAP, and if you work hard and come up with a good strategy, things might go in your favor. Good luck.
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