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How To Become A SAP Consultant???

I had received SAP Career Advice from a SAP Consultant working in USA MNC Company. I am sharing a few Guidelines given by the SAP Expert. This guidelines are for Fresh Graduates both Functional and Technical.

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How To Become A SAP Consultant???

  1. 1. HOW TO BECOME A SAP CONSULTANT??Prepared By: Ms.Pramila Nagaraj First Class MBA Finance Graduate (2009-10) Global Academy of Technology, Bangalore (VTU- Belgaum) Trained up in SAP FICO @ SAPTAC Bangalore (FRESHER)
  2. 2. How to become SAP consultant????Plan to make a career as a SAP Consultant? If Yes, this guide is a MUST READ!Why SAP?SAP (Systems Applications and Products) is the world’s leading provider ofbusiness software which specializes in industry specific Enterprise ResourcePlanning (ERP) solutions.SAP is implemented in 9 out of every 10 Fortune 500 company.SAP consultants enjoy a premium remuneration over their IT counterpartsworking in other technologies like Java, .net etc.Types of SAP Consultant1) Business/Sales consultant - They try to win projects at customer end – withoutknowing much about SAP2) SAP Functional Consultant – The are responsible for customizing SAP as percustomer demand. They talk with developers to code custom ABAP programs asper client requirements.3) Developer consultant – They are responsible for coding ABAP/Java Programs4) SAP Basis consultant – They help in installing, maintenance and performancetuning of SAP servers and databases© 2010-2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SAPTAC BANGALORE
  3. 3. Above are the major consulting roles found in almost all SAP projects. Dependingon the nature and size of project there may be other consulting roles as well such asSAP security consultant, SAP Techno-functional consultants etc.Skills required in becoming a SAP Functional ConsultantThe skills expected of a SAP Functional consultant vary with experience. But afresher SAP consultant must have following skills that almost all employers lookfor -  Extensive SAP (module specific) knowledge.  Good Domain knowledge (Finance, Sales & Distribution, Banking ,Telecommunication Production Planning, Material Management, Human Resource etc )  Good Communication and presentation skills. SAP consultants are often required to interface with the client and understand client’s requirements. A SAP consultant should be good in explaining technical information to non-technical people  Ability to work in Teams and good interpersonal skills.Academic BackgroundAcademic qualification required to become a SAP consultant –Any Under Graduate Course like B.E, B.TECH, B.E (CS), B.TECH(IT) BCA,BSc,B.COM, etc. with any SpecializationAny Post Graduate Course like M.TECH, M.Sc, MCA, MBA, CA, ICWA etc. withany SpecializationRemunerationThe salary of an fresher SAP consultant in USA is from $48,000 to $60,000 andthe bonuses are from $1,000 to $2,000.The salary of an fresher SAP consultant in India is from RS 247,000 to RS4,50,000 and the bonuses are from RS 10,000 to RS 15,000.© 2010-2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SAPTAC BANGALORE
  4. 4. How to become a SAP consultant???From time to time we get emails asking “How do I become a SAP consultant”.Obviously, there is no one answer. There are many ways to enter the SAP market.Here are a few we can conjure …Obtain SAP Training & Certification.Choose a SAP module and get a certification from an authorized SAP trainingpartner. SAP training is expensive but it’s worth the investmentJoin a Consulting companyIf you have good business/domain knowledge (and want to learn SAP?) , youcould consider joining a IT consultancy company like IBM , Deloitte , Infosys etcas a junior consultant.Join as a Trainee or in SAP supportYou can consider joining a company which has SAP implemented and work as aTrainee or support personnel. The company may later sponsor your SAPcertification and training. The trick here is to find such a company and convincethem to hire youJoin SAP Project as a non-SAP person.Many SAP projects require skills outside of SAP. For instance, lots of projectsrequire a data conversion individual. If you are good in database and SQL, youmight considering joining the project and later teach yourself SAP© 2010-2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SAPTAC BANGALORE
  5. 5. How to choose Best SAP Module for your career???You need to consider three factors in choosing a SAP module 1. Job Opportunities in the chosen Module 2. Your academic background and work experience 3. Your Career / Life Goals Job OpportunitiesSAP has 25 modules and adding. But not all the 25 SAP modules are implementedin every company. The most implemented modules are the ones with most jobopportunities. As per SAP Consultant (Career Advisor) recommend you narrow down yourchoice of SAP Modules to following 1. SAP FI 2. SAP MM 3. SAP SD 4. SAP PP 5. SAP HCM 6. SAP Basis/ ABAP – for people with a technical bentApart from above modules, you can also consider making a career in many SAPadd-on modules like which are HOT in market 1. SAP CRM (Customer Relationship Management) 2. SAP BI also known as SAP BW (Business Warehouse)© 2010-2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SAPTAC BANGALORE
  6. 6. Academic Background and Work experienceOnce you have narrowed your choices to above modules, you need to factor inyour education (For Fresher’s) and work experience (if any) to trim the choiceseven further.For instance, if you are a MBA in HR it makes no sense choosing SAP FI module.SAP HCM is a more apt module for you. Working in HCM module will give you acompetitive advantage as compared to SAP FI where you will work as a fresher. Your career and life goalsThis is often the most overlooked although the most important factor. Beforeselecting a SAP module, you need to think hard whether you want to work on SAPin first place? You need to factor in your inclination, passion, aptitude and careergoals into your decision. You need to ask yourself, whether you are looking for a“career” in SAP or just a job. The above guidelines will help you choose the bestsap module for yourself.© 2010-2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SAPTAC BANGALORE
  7. 7. SAP CAREER LADDER FOR FRESH GRADUATES/ POST GRADUATES(FUNCTIONAL&TECHNICAL)Good LuckGuidance and Career Advice Given by SAP Consultant of USA to ME during 2010-11 (Name will not be disclosed)© 2010-2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SAPTAC BANGALORE
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I had received SAP Career Advice from a SAP Consultant working in USA MNC Company. I am sharing a few Guidelines given by the SAP Expert. This guidelines are for Fresh Graduates both Functional and Technical.


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