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Former Member
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Hi Gurus

I am planing to change my career into SAP, but in a bit of dilemma of choosing right SAP technology for me. So your valuable inputs/suggestions/advices, would be of great help.

I am a computer scientist, currently working in academia. I gained considerable real time experience for the past 10 years in various different technologies, including:

Programming : Perl, Java, C, C++, R, C#.NET, VB.NET, PHP, sed,awk, shell scripting

I have developed several desktop applications using various languages, can easily program in any language given 1-2 days of self-learn.

Database technologies & database administration: MySQL, Oracle, MS SQL, SQL, PL/SQL, T-SQL, mangoDB, other noSQL databases.

Reporting, BI & data warehouse:   Crystal Reports, MS-SSAS, SSIS, SSRS

I have strong RDBMS concepts & SQL, can design normalised DBs, as well as denormalised cubes for reporting.

I have experience of analysing huge volumes of data by writing my own scripts, as well as using MS tools.

Web technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, XML, CGI, ASP, JSP, SVG,CMS, jQuery, Java Struts

Web servers :  Apache, Tomcat, IIS 5+

I have developed web applications using Java, PHP, Perl, ASP.NET using different back ends.

OS administration: Linux, Windows, Sun grid engine

I have experience of automatic network install of Linux & windows servers, grid engines; configure & maintain various web, mail servers

Virtualisation: VMware ESXi , Oracle Virtualbox

Considerable experience of VMware technologies.

After some research into SAP, I am thinking I probably would fit in as

1) Basis administrator  or

2) BI/BO/BW or

3) ABAP programmer.

I am planing to take up the certification before I jump into the job, this means i have to spend at least 6 months for preparing & practising. I also understand that current UK market requires to have expertise in more than one SAP technology.

So before I invest such valuable time, wondering what do you think would be best SAP technology for me, in terms of

1) Something that is relevant to my experience (and enjoy doing it)

2) Technology that last for at least next 10 years.

3) Of course job opportunities + reasonable salary in UK.

Thanks for reading such a long email, and for your inputs.

Cheers

Scott

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Colleen
Advisor
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Hi Newbie Scott

It's going to be a common answer... but one of the few times it make sense to suggest based your skill set.

Have you looked into HANA Administration and Development? Your technical and programming background could make it a good fit. As well as the Academia background (possible your employer might have SAP).

In relation to doing certification first, I think that will depend on where you are located and employment opportunities. Certification will not be a guaranteed job entry.

Have you discovered HANA? If not, have a search (open.sap.com has free introductory courses) and let me know your thoughts.

Regards

Colleen

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Colleen
Advisor
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Hi Newbie Scott

It's going to be a common answer... but one of the few times it make sense to suggest based your skill set.

Have you looked into HANA Administration and Development? Your technical and programming background could make it a good fit. As well as the Academia background (possible your employer might have SAP).

In relation to doing certification first, I think that will depend on where you are located and employment opportunities. Certification will not be a guaranteed job entry.

Have you discovered HANA? If not, have a search (open.sap.com has free introductory courses) and let me know your thoughts.

Regards

Colleen

Former Member
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Hi Scott,

You are pretty much in most of the technologies where SAP has its own technologies and modules.

For Example:

Programming - SAP ABAP

BI and Datawarehousing - SAP BI

Web Technologies - SAP UI5 or SAP ABAP Webdynpro

Before you choose any technologies in the beginning, you have to stick to one module or technology at least 2 to 3 years to gain SAP acronyms, terminologies, standards etc once you chosen.

Apart from SAP HANA, you can check SAP UI5 and SAP Lumira also because these are new technologies and picking up globally now.

Also, you need to identify what is your core strength of above mentioned what you worked on last 10 years because it would enable to move on the SAP ladder so fast.

All SAP technologies are never ending even after 10 years but may be it will have upgrade version on top of the base SAP technologies.

If you take SAP ERP, it is more than 30 years old but it is very powerful globally still now.  You can check SAP UI5, SAP LUMIRA and SAP Mobile.

Regards

GGOPII