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I was snatched up by PeopleSoft, but my heart still beats for SAP

I have roughly three years of experience in ERP. I started my career with SAP and also have an implementation on hand at the customer site in Thailand for Advance Agro. Due to personal reasons I had to shift back to Bangalore, India and I was offered a job with PeopleSoft. Since I had no other immediate choice at that time, I took the job.

It has been a year and a half since I joined PeopleSoft in Hexaware Technologies (support and development for PS). I am PS Tools certified and even received the best achiever award here, but my heart still beats for SAP. Is it possible for me to make a move back to SAP again?

Whatever I tell you about your chances in SAP, don't take my word for it. The only way you can find out for sure is to put your resume out there and see what happens. If you get interest from SAP managers, then you've answered your own question. If there is no interest, then that also tells you something.

I see another angle to your question: how relevant is PeopleSoft experience to a typical SAP hiring manager? Unfortunately, the answer is, "not very." It should be fairly routine to switch from one ERP package to another because the fundamentals are more similar than they are different, but it is not. So, the question goes back to how relevant your previous SAP experience is, and that's hard to say. Part of it is a function of the specific supply and demand of SAP professionals is the area you live in. One thing you might be able to do is to use your PeopleSoft skills to get "pulled" onto a new ERP project.

Many PeopleSoft users are uncertain of the future of this platform, and for good reason. Therefore, a good percentage will upgrade into Oracle Applications and some may also move into SAP. Possibly, you could move along with them and help them with the shift. To do this, you have to put yourself in the right place at the right time which is difficult, but it can be done. And getting into Oracle Apps might be almost as good as getting into SAP. Oracle should create strong consulting opportunities in the market also.

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