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SAP pros feud in ongoing talent war podcast, with David Foote

Employers are shopping for the right SAP talent to manage projects. Find out which job skills and certifications are rising in value, according to data from Foote Research LLC.

Employers are having trouble finding the best SAP pros for specific jobs. David Foote, president of Foote Partners LLC, tells us that the enterprise business application market is heating up. Still, employers are choosing staff for jobs very carefully, Foote said. Find out what SAP skills and certifications are increasing in value and which ones are flat, according to Foote's latest research. Foote also discusses future hiring trends and how the SAP and Oracle job markets match up.

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The dynamics right now are pointing to investments in SAP.
David Foote,
presidentFoote Partners LLC

  • (1:05) How does Foote Research conduct its skill and certification pay surveys? How can listeners tap into the data?

  • (4:28) Can you explain how non certified skills pay is finding its way back into IT workers' pay checks?

  • (7:49) SAP ABAP skills: What trends are you seeing? Are ABAP jobs still being outsourced?

  • (9:33) Have pay for expertise in certain SAP modules been increasing in value?

  • (10:40) How do SAP skill pay compare to Oracle skills?

  • (12:13) What are the latest PeopleSoft and JD Edwards skills pay trends?

  • (13:46) Customer facing application skills were hot earlier this year. Is that trend continuing?

  • (16:36) How are .NET and Java skills faring?

  • (17:31) How are application development skills doing?

  • (18:20) Is it still worth it to gain certification in certain areas?

  • (16:58) Is security a top issue for companies implementing BI tools?

  • (19:59) What is a talent war? Why are there talent skirmishes in certain areas?

  • (21:34) What other areas are seeing talent wars?

  • (25:37) Are IBM WebSphere and SAP NetWeaver skills increasing in value?

  • (26:46) How are service oriented architecture projects affecting skills and certification pay?

  • (27:17) Can you predict future hiring trends?

      Program Links:  

  • Podcast: SAP ABAP, IBM WebSphere, RFID skills pay rising -- May 10, 2006 : Employers are paying a premium for SAP ABAP, IBM WebSphere skills Java experts and radio frequency identification technology talent, according to research from Foote Partners LLC.

  • Podcast: The state of the SAP job market -- March 27, 2006: Jon Reed, who serves as a site expert on SAP careers for, discusses the state of the SAP job market. Reed is the author of the SAP Consultant Handbook and also produces the "SAP eCareer Transitions Journal," a newsletter for SAP professionals seeking career advancement.

  • Talent skirmishes in store for SAP pros: A report from IT research consultancy Foote Partners projects job growth in 2006, but demand for SAP workers is spiking, resulting in talent skirmishes for lucrative positions.

  • New SAP business unit to focus on compliance: SAP is creating a new business unit to wrap its compliance products with software from its recent acquisition of compliance software vendor, Virsa Systems Inc.

  • SAP Certification Learning Guide: Certifications can enhance your resume and provide an employer with verifiable proof of your knowledge in one particular area. But what do these expensive pieces of paper really mean in the SAP job market? Check out the new SAP Certification Learning Guide to answer this question and much more.

  • SAP Career Advancement Learning Guide: No matter how much you may love your career, every SAP professional is looking for advice and information on hot career trends and the best options in the IT market. This guide gathers premium information from across the Web to prepare you for all aspects of career transition -- we can help you make a drastic career change or simply advance your current position.

  • SAP jobs and certification expert: Change is good. It is also difficult sometimes. Our SAP career and certification expert Jon Reed is ready to answer your toughest career questions. For solutions to common career hurdles, browse our FAQ and see the advice for others in your situation.

  • Editorial Blog: This is the place for additional commentary and discussion about recent events, news stories or whatever else happens in the SAP world.

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