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Former Member
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Hi Gurus,

Currently i am in a support project of SAP MM and am about to complete an year in the organization. I am on the learning process everyday...absorbing new things with each upcoming issue.

I wanted know whether a certification program or a post graduate program for an year in Supply chain management from a reputed management college will do any good or better for me.

And when do i do  that ?

It will be kind if someone throws a broader light on this.

Thanks in advance.

Sujatha Iyer

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former_member184655
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Dear Sujatha,

If you area of interest is SAP MM,then doing a certification will be worth much and a PG program in

SCM will help you to learn and grow more functionally.

Regards

Mangalraj.S

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Any other options in this ???

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Hi Sujatha,

Can you please elaborate your question?

Best Regards,

Ravi

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Hi Ravi,

I want to know the options that could enhance my career in SAP MM. Like i found this one certification and  PG program for a year on Supply chain management.

Any idea on this course ? any advanatages and hike to my career after doin this ?

any other options u know of please do share it .

thanks

Sujatha

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Hi Sujatha,

Learning is a process of life. It is not just for a certification / course. However, you need to take all the cost and benefits into account. If you are looking into areas MM/SCM/SRM are the areas you can look into. But, do not just depend on your certification to fetch you job. Sometimes, it might not really click. Always, keep pushing yourself to the next levels, the opportunities will come automatically. Trust in your abilities. Keep your passion and hard work up always. This the key for success.

May be the following blogs would be handy and helpful to you.

Regards,

Ravi

http://scn.sap.com/community/training-and-education/certification/blog/2012/03/22/how-to-crack-a-sap...

http://scn.sap.com/community/training-and-education/certification/blog/2012/06/13/top-10-myths-about...

http://scn.sap.com/community/training-and-education/certification/blog/2012/06/25/top-10-reasons-why...

http://scn.sap.com/community/training-and-education/certification/blog/2012/07/24/my-experiences-wit...

http://scn.sap.com/community/training-and-education/certification/blog/2012/08/03/how-is-the-life-af...

http://scn.sap.com/community/training-and-education/certification/blog/2012/08/20/is-there-something...

http://scn.sap.com/community/training-and-education/certification/blog/2012/08/28/frequently-asked-q...

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Hi Sujatha,

I could go back to your original question, which is two years old. Honestly, I would not have taken this long to take a decision, by this time I would expect you to be a SAP Consultant.

Please do not much think about the advantages, if so we cannot really start anything, but end up doing evaluation forever.

To your question, if you have experience in logistics / procurement, you can go to MM certification. Any PG program in SCM would surely supplement your MM Certification.

Hope this helps.

Kind Regards,

Ravi

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Former Member
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Hi Sujatha

Greetings!

There are few Do's & Dont's in SAP Career. They are:

DON’Ts

Don’t ever resign from your existing job for studies. Today the world is very competitive so train your self to sail on multiple boats simultaneously

Don’t relay on any third parties job assurance

Don’t enter into the field heaving rozy picture in your mind

Don’t take hasty decision as there are all the chances of all your calculations and planning go fail

Don’t dive or dip into your investments nor into borrowings for investing into further studies your current earnings should be the source of investment into it

Don’t sign any long term bond without studying it properly and knowing all the paratroops (either in employment/further studies)

DOs

Do dream but always with open eyes

Do further studies or develop your self only with your current employment/earnings

Do keep 51% reserve for your fate and do your best for rest of 49% as even after putting your best efforts there is no assurance of success as your luck always runs faster than you.

Do study ground level reality, possibilities & probabilities before entering into the field

Do keep patience & persevere towards the goal once you enter into this field

Do hold your mentors hand. This field is like an ocean, it is impossible to sail across without a Ship (Mentor)

So, from the above point you would have come to know what has to be done and what NOT.

Apart from the above, after doing MM certification it is NOT ncecessary that you will get a job as a Consultant or even as a Junior Consultant. I'm not discouraging you from doing the certification. But yes, without leaving the present job do the certification and take some more experience with the current employer and then you can start applying for a new job.

Considering the market tendancy today for IT professionals, many benefits are cutting down

day-by-day. So, it is necessary to think about the openings you will have in you current location immediately after completing the certification. So think and Act.

All the very Best for your career Ms. Sujatha Iyer

With Best Regards

Venkat

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Hi Venkataraman,

thanks for the advice will surely take each piece of word. But could you please elaborate on options i can avail of to enhance ny SAP career.

thanks

Sujatha

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Hi Sujatha

Greetings!

Options for you is:

1. Study or do your certification without leaving your job.

2. Doing certification is always going to help you, but if you have 3+ yrs of experience as MM

     consultant (not as a power user or end-user) and then if you have certification then it's ideally worth.

3. If you do SCM then it is an added ADVANTAGE. Because SCM & MM are competitive business

    edge today.

For more details on SCM & MM relationship you may pl. check into this site. http://www.supplychainmanagement.in/.Thanks

All the Very Best Ms. Sujatha Iyer

Regards

Venkat

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Hi Venkat,

Many thanks for ur advice....

Wat do u mean by "not as a power or end user ? "

I m currently in a support project. Will it compliment my certification in SCM ?

Thanks

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Hi Sujatha

Greetings!

The SAP implementation process is made up out of four main phases, i.e.

a. Project preparation - where a vision of the future-state of the SAP solution is being created,

b. Sizing and Blueprinting phase - where the solution stack is created and training is being performed,

c. Functional development phase

d. Final preparation phase - when the last tests are being performed before the actual go live.

My point was that, if you have experience in the above said four phase, (one end-to-end implementation), then you will definitelt have an added advantage after you finish your certification. Also, as Ravi said above, certification will not always fetch you job. Because now the experience also matters. So, my point was that be in the current company and do the certification.

"I m currently in a support project. Will it compliment my certification in SCM ?"

Yes it will help you. But, you should have gained knowledge on SCM & MM and complete flow chart of SCM along with MM will be good as SCM & MM are inter-related. All the Very Best. Thanks

Regards


Message was edited by: Venkataraman Iyer

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Thanks a ton Venkat..
Yeah i will try to gain maximum possible experience
Cheers

Thanks again

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Former Member
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Hi

Pl. close this question if you've got the answer what you've been looking for. Thanks

Regards

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Hello
I am in a similar situation as Sujatha Iyer, however, I am  an Industrial Engineer & I have been exposed to SAP  in consulting projects but in a Change Management role. I now desire to  invest in SAP SCM training so that I may fined a better Job in SAP with  my four years experience in Change Management for SAP. I am in north  America.
I'm considering one of the following courses:


However I went online to see what employers are looking for in a SAP analyst/consultant and one of the adverts was as follows:
Expertise in SAP: SCM-Advanced Planner & Optimizer  (APO), SCM-APO-Demand  Planning & Forecasting, SCM-APO-Supply Network Planning (SNP),  SCM-Manufacturing-Production Planning (PP),  SCM-Manufacturing-Detailed  Scheduling (PP-DS), SCM-Global  Available-to-Promise (GATP),  SCM-Transportation Planning & Vehicle  Scheduling (TPVS),  SCM-APO-Inventory Collaboration Hub (ICH),   SCM-Warehousing-Distribution, SCM-Warehousing-Multiple Handling Units,   CS-Global Trade Services (GTS), Logistics Execution (LE), LE-Shipping   (LE-S), Inventory Management (MM-IM), LE-Warehouse Management (LE-WM),   Transportation Management (LO-TR)
• Ability to meet travel requirements, when applicable• Minimum 4 years of experience plus 1 full implementation• Relevant degree or equivalent in professional experience
I have three questions based on the information I have given you above:
>Which of the two courses will better position me strategically for employment as an SAP analyst/consultant in Supply Chain (I known there are no  grantees, I just want an opinion.. responsibility lies with me  )
>looking at the advert displayed above and using your experience in the field do think any of these two courses are accurate in terms of what is needed  as SAP SCM practitioner or are they just an overview.  Should I rather  pursue training in one of the skills mentioned in the advert e.g.  'LE-Warehouse Management (LE-WM)'
> Are there  any other SAP SCM training that you would suggest that you consider more useful or accurate in terms what is needed in the SAP SCM field
Thanks, Hope you will be able to help.

Former Member
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Hi Sujatha,

I will suggest you to continue your job in support project of SAP and complete SAP MM certification through online mode. Now SAP offers you complete online training in 3 months.

Moreover, I will suggest you to talk to your manager about your ambitions of certification and check whether company can sponsor you for certification.

To have more information on SAP MM certification, you can visit:

http://www.passsapmm.blogspot.in/

Thanks,

Anupama

Former Member
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Thank you very much. Your advice has been taken into consideration

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All the best for your future!!!!

Regards,

http://www.passsapmm.blogspot.in/

Former Member
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Hi..

I am an MBA Operations graduate.

Currently working in Purchase Dept.

I am interested in a career as a SAP MM consultant .

Can somebody please provide me guidance?

Former Member
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Hello

Sure, certification will be a plus if you really have passion on MM, but I think project experience is much more important than the certification.

Regards.

Former Member
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While you are working as a support consultant, try to go to consalt, into implementation project...., get a good references.....

Passing the sertification is of course good, but guaranty nothing....

only implemented projects and SAP experience make consultant as a professional

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