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Utilizing e-procurement in a SAP career

Our expert guides an e-procurement professional on starting a career in SAP.

I am from a commerce background. I worked for about four years in BPO sector, of which I worked one year in e-procurement using Oracle. This involved creation of purchase orders, setting up of vendors and coordinating with end-users. I would like a career in SAP CRM. Is this the right move?
Moving into SAP CRM could be a good move. I always tell people, "go where the opportunities are." The one thing you don't want to do is to narrow your options too soon. For example, with your e-procurement background, you would fit even better with SAP SRM (Supplier Relationship Management), which includes SAP's e-procurement functionality.

Why not pursue an area of SAP that you can make a contribution to from day one? This makes your background more appealing to potential employers. It's true that SAP CRM is a bit hotter of a market than SAP SRM, but your skills tend to match up a little better with SRM, and there are plenty of consultants doing very well in SRM. I think you would be successful in either area, so it makes sense to pursue what is out there. I like your thinking about taking your current knowledge and leveraging it in an ERP environment. I don't see any reason why you couldn't do that. As always, the biggest challenge is landing that first project. I frequently answer questions on breaking into SAP in this Ask The Expert feature, so check out some of the previous answers for more on this.

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