How to Build a Successful Career as a SAP Consultant or Developer


IT professionals with SAP experience are in demand in every part of the world. Do you have what it takes to work in SAP? As is the case with any worthwhile endeavor, a career in SAP requires hard work and planning. SAP expertise does not happen overnight, it requires the skills and knowledge to understand the scope, challenges, and expectations of Systems Applications and Products (SAP).

A globally recognized business platform, SAP is used in various fields including Production Planning (PP), Financial Accounting and Controlling (FICO), and Materials Management (MM). Diversification and expertise is very important, SAP consultants and developers specialize in one module but must have an understanding of the other SAP modules as well. Successful SAP consultants and developers need to stay updated and aware of what is happening in all SAP modules.

Building a successful SAP BI consultant or developer career is a multi-step process. It takes more than having some SAP knowledge to become a consultant, it takes time and determination. Success in the SAP field demands a good education, knowledge of business processes and configuration skills, networking, shared knowledge, and excellent communication skills. Besides all this, you must understand the correct process of "how to become SAP consultant".

Education

Education is the foundation for success. But SAP knowledge alone does not make for a successful SAP career. To become successful requires a relevant academic background in computer science, information systems, systems engineering, operations management, accounting, business administration, business analysis, finance, and human resources to build a sound knowledge of business processes.

SAP certification, especially Professional Certification demands a strong knowledge of SAP platforms. It can take years of experience to achieve SAP expertise. For this reason, businesses in the USA, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, as well as other countries worldwide, are always on the look-out for SAP certified professionals. Consultants and developers command higher salaries than those without certification. Salaries depend on factors such as education level, experience, employer type and industry.

Education does not stop when certification is attained. SAP knowledge is a continuing process to stay up-to-date on SAP programs and applications.

Business Process Knowledge and Configuration Skills

Business processes are dynamic they can vary company to company and industry to industry. A successful SAP consultant or developer must understand the business flow process and what triggers activity in their field. Configuration skills and understanding its impact on the end user, is one of the most important skills a SAP consultant can possess.

Employing and understanding SAP Best Business Practices is a key to the success of a SAP projects.

Networking

Corporate success requires a strong network within the industry. Having a strong network helps a consultant connect with other SAP experts, enhancing their knowledge and keeping them up-to-date in their industry. One of the best ways to keep connected with other SAP experts is through discussion forums and social networking sites.

Shared Knowledge

The old adage "knowledge is power" has been changed in the twenty-first century to "power is shared knowledge". Knowledge that is shared across silos empowers people to make decisions that are accurate and timely and proactive instead of reactive. In order to be successful, you must stay relevant and be willing to constantly adapt. Sharing your knowledge helps make this happen.

Communication Skills

Do not underestimate the importance of communication skills. Ninety percent of career success is dependent on effectiveness of communications skills. Communication has many facets, public speaking, listening, and writing.

Everyone needs to have excellent communication skills. These communication skills include the ability to communicate to others in a way that they understand and the ability to listen.  Public speaking skill is one of the most important skills that we can develop. It is the ability to speak clearly, confidently and compellingly in front of an audience.

Listening is another essential communication skill. In order to understand the expectations of others it is important to listen not only to the person's words but also what they are saying this leads to greater productivity and increased sharing of information that in turn can lead to more creative and innovative work.

Good writing skills help to communicate ideas with clarity. In a work environment it is crucial to be able to clearly understand and concisely communicate with superiors, colleagues and clients. Often there is only one chance to communicate a vision or plan to a client, having the ability clearly and effectively communicate can make or break a deal.

Conclusion

SAP is currently the standard in companies in the USA and globally. Seventy percent of Forbes 500 companies run on SAP ERP. SAP consultants are hired by the Federal government and private firms they are required in consultancies, ERP systems, CRM solutions, distribution, logistics, manufacturing, production, and other industries. Demand for SAP professionals is growing and opportunities are endless. SAP consultants and developers, the recognized experts in the platform, are valuable assets in any organization.

Building a successful SAP consulting or developer career takes time and commitment, drive and determination, and a willingness to pursue a continuing education.



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