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You cannot transform yourself from a fresher to an expert SAP Consultant in overnight. It needs lot of commitment, dedication, sacrifice, effort, expertise and ability to become a reliable SAP Consultant. Unfortunately, there is no short cut to achieve this. Many people are of the opinion that the SAP Certification would bridge this gap however, in fact, it is not. SAP Certification would probably give you a better marketability, however, it does not make you complete SAP Consultant. For that matter, none of the Certifications in the market can you make you an expert consultant . Many people have asked me that they are interested in SAP and wanted to know how to become a good SAP Consultant? Unfortunately, there is no short cut to become an expert SAP Consultant. There could be some people who followed short cut methods to become SAP Consultants, however, unfortunately, those consultants are only paper consultants. SAP Consultant jobs are lucrative, at the same time, they are mixed with hard work, lot of sacrifices, enormous amount of reading and flexibility to adopt new situations. Those consultants who have the real passion can only become the recognized consultants, remaining all become just workers working for salary. Your reputation lies in your hands by helping the people across the borders. You need to stretch yourself to level of helping people with selflessness and give them the real guidance possible.

There are number of qualities that are required to become a successful SAP Consultant. good education, business process knowledge, good configuration skills, communication, team playing,  understanding the business needs, quality documentation, reading ability, sharing knowledge and many more. A certification cannot make you a successful consultant in a day, however, it would help you in your life long career journey. Nothing can replace your hard work. To become a great SAP consultant is a long term process, learning new points on a daily basis and constructing a palace of knowledge over a period is key to your success. The way SAP is coming up with new technologies, it is always difficult for the consultants to maintain that pace throughout their career. If you have a great listening quality, then you will always be open to learn new things. Learning is a process of life and there is no end to it. It is the greatest quality of any good quality SAP consultant. Furthermore, you should always willing to share the knowledge, rather than hiding it in your head. Many SAP consultants, lacking this great quality. The more you share, your knowledge would be doubled, unlike money.

Many people have asked me how I can become a good SAP Consultant. My only answer is passion. Without passion, we cannot be successful in what we do. I see myself SAP Consultancy is also skill like swimming. Before I learn swimming, I was always wondering how the people swim. Though I was so passionate for swimming, I did not know how to swim it. Once I learned swimming, then compete with other people and learning all other new skills. Similarly, the people who aspiring to become a good SAP Consultant, also must be wonder, how can they become a good SAP Consultant. Read as much as you can, practice whenever you find time and listen to what mentors are saying. Never feel you have reached a pinnacle once you become a SAP Consultant. Becoming SAP Consultant is not the end of story, it is the start of new life and new journey. New life also gives you more challenges, more awards, rewards, and sacrifices to achieve what you want in life. Learning new skill is always a challenge, to become a master in that skill it would take years together. Therefore, to become a great consultant, learn SAP with authority and do not keep any gaps in conceptual knowledge and basic fundamentals. If your fundamentals are strong, then you can build a great palace.

Many people try to fake / exaggerate their CVs to become consultants. Never try to do such things. It would hunt you for life. What you know is what you know. What you do not know is what you do not know. There is always a tomorrow to learn something new and exciting. There is no shame to accept that you do not know something. There is no hard and fast rule that you should know everything in this world. It is unlikely and not possible. There are also many people who are really reluctant to share their knowledge. Furthermore, they would discourage the people who are intending to share the knowledge with true spirit. Forget about SAP Consultant, being a social animal, every individual in the society has an ethical responsibility to share something and help the society. The life is only fruitful when you share something to this world and help the fellow human beings. If we are only taking and fail to give anything back to the society, then there is no difference between animal and us.

Though following qualities are not comprehensive list to become a good SAP consultant, however, they would immensely helpful in their life long journey.

Good Education

Strong Education is the great foundation for any knowledge based profession. Just becoming a graduate or becoming a MBA is not everything, cannot be called as a good education. Always stretch yourself to toughest professional courses, which will take your knowledge levels to a new a level. Always try for the new professional courses, which test the waters. You should have a zeal from the childhood to have good education. Good education does not mean that studying in great B-schools. Good education always comes from within the individual, that spirit would push you towards learning new skills, subjects and technologies. Unless, you have strong inclination towards learning and education, it is always not possible to become a good consultant. For example, if you are a chartered accountant or management accountant, it would always immensely help you to become a good financial consultant.

Business Process Knowledge

Good SAP consultant should always have sound business process knowledge. What is this business process knowledge? The process surrounded at each business activity / item. To make it simpler, when you are working in an organisation, you would see number of jumbling words. For example, credit note, debit note, invoice, bank statement, good received note, inventory control, stock taking, balance sheet, profit and loss account, trail balance, purchase returns, production, planning, forecasting, budget, cash flow statement, cost sheet, funds flow, standard cost, marginal cost, fixed cost, materials, purchases, hedging, negotiable instruments, inter-bank clearing, banking operations, petty cash, procurement, purchase order, purchase requisition and what not. Now the question is how can I improve my business process knowledge? Business processes are dynamic and need not necessarily they are same within the industry. It may change from company to company. You need to understand each such word in detail and understand the business process flow surrounded by it. The important things to know is what is the triggering point for this activity and what are the subsequent business activities that are going to be followed. If you work, on these items, over a period of time, you would get good base of business process knowledge.


Configuration Skills

Configuration Skills are the most important skills for any SAP Consultant. Unless, you master in this area, you are not going to get the confidence in any project and you will be dependent on other people. You should be master yourself not only just configuring the system, but also needs to understand the impact from end user point of view. There are number of consultants reluctant to put their hands on the key board, however, intended to become master consultants, that is never going to be happened. I have observed number of consultants, they would never take the ownership of doing anything on SAP system, however, sit next to you by just watching and talking. If you are going into that mode, you are never going to be a SAP Consultant. The number of times you are going to configure and follow the business process / end user documents, it would give great confidence. Therefore, try to gather configuration documents and do as much practice as you can. Exploring the options in system gives you enough confidence, as the troubleshooting skills are very required for SAP Consulting profession.

SAP Help

SAP Help is like a Bible. Every day start reading sap help. http://help.sap.com SAP help is written with utmost care by experts. The more number of times that you are reading it would give enormous conceptual clarity. Whatever be level of your skill and knowledge in SAP, you should never forget reading SAP Help. SAP Consultants who mastered has spent thousands of hours reading this. You need to have many years reading on daily basis and it is not an easy job. Many people find it difficult to read huge amount of text regularly and religiously. At one point when the consultants become good in their own area, they tend to ignore reading this. They would refer only as and when required. However, in my opinion, reading SAP Help is habit that needs to be practiced in case if you need to transform yourself to a great consultant.

SAP Community Network


Over the years, SAP Community Network http://scn.sap.com/ has transformed itself to a rich source of SAP knowledge. SAP should itself feel proud of what a great platform that they have created to bring together the thousands of consultants across the globe. Points etc. has motivated number of people to contribute to the great extent. More than points, it is knowledge that is being shared through forums, articles, blogs, videos etc. are really amazing. Without being part of SAP Community Network, I do not consider you as a SAP Consultant. You may be highly knowledgeable, however, without that being shared for the community, there is really not much value. I do not think you would get any better platform to share your knowledge than this and get recognized. It is always worth to contribute / read the forums on a daily basis. This good habit would keep yourself with good amount of knowledge. Please do not only ask questions, try to share / answer whatever you can. There are number of people only tend to ask questions, but never tend to give answers. This is a very bad practice, life is to share and help. Just asking questions would make you nowhere.


Service Market Place


There is no better place than Service Market Place https://service.sap.com for SAP Consultants. It is really surprising to know that there are many certified consultants who do not even know where to login and how to login to this great resource. I understand you need to have the logon credentials to access this, if you do not have one, please ask your SAP Basis administrators. If you are already certified, please ask SAP Education / Help Desk, they would give your password. There is not just one type of document. For everything, you would be asked to refer a particular SAP Note, without having access to this, you could never know what the Note says. This is not just for referring notes, when you need to raise OSS (Online SAP Support) notes for your customers. It is not just limited to these things, it has everything. I cannot imagine a SAP consultant without having access to this great place.

SAP Best Practices Building Blocks


Being new to the consultant world, people tend to configure the system and test end user transactions how it works. However, there is no idea where to start and how to integrate between various modules. SAP Best Practices Building blocks would give a great amount of confidence to the consultant, as they provide the detailed configuration documents, business process documents and scenario overviews etc. The following link would be helpful. There are different versions of it. It contains guides across industry / country. If you have problem in accessing the following links, use Internet Explorer (IE) rather than google chrome browser. If you configure various scenarios in your demo system and test as per the business process documents, then your confidence levels will be immensely increased. The number of times you configure various scenarios, you would be mastered in that area.

http://help.sap.com/bp_bl604/BL_DE/html/Content_Library_BL_EN_DE.htm


Networking


21st Century has started with Professional Networking / Social Network. You cannot imagine anybody without having linkedin / twitter / facebook. You always need to maintain the network and develop them over a period. Being knowledgeable is half of your task, whereas maintaining professional network is the other half. Both are like two sides of the same coin. Linkedin the best professional network site, everybody should have one and keep your profile up to date. You profile is the snapshot of your skills, education and achievements etc. If you give a name of a person, people tend to search in linkedin. If you do not have linkedin account, then they would think either you are fake or you do not exist. It is really awful to work in a professional organisation and do not have an up to date linkedin account. Personally, if I cannot see a person in linkedin, I surely believe, that person is a fake. Therefore, please update your linkedin profile, have good professional network and try to get recommendations from others.



Sharing Knowledge


There are number of people who are very reluctant to share their knowledge. You will only be recognized when you share your knowledge with your clients, colleagues and the community around you. If you do not share your knowledge, the knowledge inside you will be rusted over a period of time. Therefore, always open to learn to new things at the same go for an extra mile to share the knowledge with others. I have been negatively criticized by some of my friends / colleagues for writing blogs. When the whole world is writing blogs, why cannot we? I may not be expert in writing blogs, if anybody is being motivated with my blog, the very purpose of my task is accomplished. It is not required to have great amount of knowledge to share, but you should have wonderful heart. If you just work for yourself, earn yourself and educate yourself, then you would never get an identity in the world. Remove every barrier around you and start using your fullest potential to share the knowledge.


Communication Skills

Last, but not the least is Communication Skills. 90% of success to your career is dependent on your communications. Do not underestimate the power of communication skills in your career. It is not that everybody would have great amount of communication skills. It all depends on the natural skills, environment you grown up, the education you have undertaken etc. If you think you do not have them, then try to develop over a period of time. Communication Skills are not just talking in English, being a SAP Consultant you should always learn to talk both in Business Language and Technical Language. When you go to client places, it is always expected to talk to them in business language. At the same you should also have good command on the technical abilities when you are conveying to the other consultants. Nobody is perfect in this world, keep pushing yourself to fill the gaps in this area.

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former_member182098
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HI Shashank,

Experience is not something you would learn without experiencing it. You need to experience it. I am sure you will get it.

To be honest, even I flunk many interviews after my certifications due to different reasons, so do not worry buddy. Just believe yourself and keep trying. Do not much bother even if you fail 100 interviews (yes, I mean 100) just learning at least 1 good thing from each interview and prepare well for the next one. I am sure you will surely find a new a job. Last but now least, never loose your focus on SAP. That is the key to your success.

All the best.

Kind Regards,

Ravi

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shashank.verma May 22, 2014 7:08 AM

Hi Ravi,

But My irony is that I have not faced a single interview till date, I am getting job calls but when I tell them that I am from Hotel Industry they will make same excuse that they are looking for some one who is working in any IT company or should have done at least 1 EnE implementation. me totally confused

Regards

Shashank Verma

former_member182098
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That is how life is destined, we cannot help it.

But, it does not mean that you would never get interview calls. Persistence, patience and focus is the only way. There is nothing we can do it. You can also try this way, try to join some end user company where you would be internal consultant, then it would be easier to learn the business processes. Once you have few years experience there then you can try outside consulting companies.

Best Regards,

Ravi

Former Member
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Hi Ravi,

Your blog is very impressive and useful for fresher like me.

Former Member
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Hi Ravi

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Very impressive

Former Member
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Hi Ravi ,

I am very much impressed upon reading your blogs and would definitely work more hard to become a good SAP Consultant. Thanks for sharing the information as it gave me added energy to work that extra bit

Former Member
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Great information Ravi!

Thanks for the post!

Former Member
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I would say every consultant should read this blog at least once

nishant12
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Concise and Precise Langauge. Awesome information even for someone as experienced like me. Still feel I have lots to learn. :wink:

Nice Post Ravi :cool:

Former Member
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Hi Ravi,

Nice Blog,I am new to SAP and I make it a point to read this blog on a weekly basis,so that I don't lose focus.

Thanks a lot

Advit Ramesh

Former Member
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Hi Ravi,

Such a great document vary impressive.

Always thanks to u for sharing your knowledge.

Thanks

Lakshmi

Former Member
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Wonder full blog. It boosted me to learn new skills. :smile:

Former Member
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Hi Ravi,

It was great time to go through this Blog.

i am feeling more confident today. waiting to read many more

Thank you so much.

Regards,

Trupti

Former Member
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Thank you

Former Member
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Thanks Ravi , that was very insightful especially for a new comer like me into the industry. Motivated to become a good SAP consultant . Certainly i'll remember your words of advice as i move ahead . :smile:

Regards

Ramakrishna M.V

Khandaker
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Thanks a nice informative post.

Beginners can learn from this and it's helpful.

Regards,

Khandaker Naim Hossaion

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As a beginner, it is taking great amount of time and sweat to develop as a SAP consultant. Specially, for myself, for coming from manufacturing background domain and entering into the unfamiliar world(approach) of SAP. It's challenging!

I really appreciate, the heart and thoughts you have put in to pen down this article!

Beginners are always looking for good Mentors, blogs, etc for propelling ahead.

Few hours back I lucky discovered, your write-up on the notice board of my SAP training institute here in Mumbai. And after training hard for the day long it really encouraged me to push myself more harder.

Thank you once again for the encouragement and please continue blessing us with your motivational encouragement! Shall follow you for more.

Best Regards,

Shaunak

(SAP PP)


former_member182098
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Thanks Shaunk. When such honest words really motivates me.

Even me came from manufacturing background, so do not worry about that. Particularly, when you are working for manufacturing industries, you learn so many things, which you normally do not learn in a service based industry. That is an advantage working with manufacturing companies.

Coming to your points, SAP is not a rocket science. It is just a software package, if you get familiar to it in few days, then you would become expert. Trust my words !!!

All the best.

Best Regards,

Ravi

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Hi Ravi,

Thank you for writing wonderful article. This post  is  really useful and  motivating.

For  beginners like me, inputs provided by you are  much helpful. Good job and many thanks :smile:

Thanks,

Prashanthi

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Hi Prashanthi,

The more your practice and understand the capabilities of the system, you would surely get more interest to work on SAP. If you are eating neam leaves it tastes so bitter, but if you are eating on a daily basis, it becomes sweet to you. In the similar way, appreciate the capabilities provided by SAP, I am sure it gives a great confidence to you. The only suggestion I can give you is never feel that you know ever thing, always believe there is a scope for improvement, that is the attitude keep us going to learn new things.

All the best.

Kind Regards,

Ravi

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Thanks Ravi. Will surely remember your words and follow..!! :smile:

kothandaraman_nagarajan
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Hi,

Excellent words...

Thanks & Regards,

Nagarajan K

SAP Business one forum

ab_rahman
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Hello Ravi,


You done a good job! :smile:

I really appreciate this.


Thanks,

Abdul Rahman

Former Member
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Dear Ravi ji,

it is great to read your all lines. it is really need to know things that you have mentioned, by everyone from newbie to sophisticated SAP users.

Regards

SRK

Former Member
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Hi Ravi,

This is very helpful content for become as SAP Consultant as well Live in SAP world.

Keep up the good blogs.

Thanks,

Shambhu Nath

naveenvishal
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Excellent Blog Ravi, Holds true when ever you look at it.

Keeps Consultant pushing for the best.

Rgds,

Naveen

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enlightening, :smile:

a really great post, something every SAP consultant should read.

Regards

Pallav

Former Member
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Its very impressive,sharing knowledge is a good thing.By sharing knowledge one can improve their interpersonal skills.

thanks....

regards

Kishore

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Excellent blog! Very useful for me. Thank you very much!

Regards,

Khanh

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Hi,

I am interested in SAP.  I have 24 years of sales and marketing experience across various industries at different levels.

I would like to know the career prospects for someone at my age and with my experience after completing SAP

And, also to know the best institutes which would also help me secure placement post certification in Hyderabad , India

Shall be grateful if you could DM me at my mail id.

former_member182098
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Hi Srinivas,

Considering 24 years of experience, I would expect there would be another 10 to 15 years of career is left. With 24 of experience, I would presume that you must be at a senior position and as far as SAP is considered you would be considered as a fresher. Whatever be the domain experience you are having, your prospective SAP employer might not be able to match your current salary for various obvious reasons. Furthermore, you may need to work under people who are much juniors to you in age and experience. If you are ready to compromise on these two areas, then you can give a try into SAP.

Please note that careers in SAP R/3 (ECC) are standstill. Consultants are increasing day by day number of times. Many of the implementations are dried up. Mostly support, upgrade or maintenance type of jobs are there. If you are looking for SD, there are not many opportunities exist, as the market is also filled with number of Certified and experienced people. SD module will have limited opportunities when compared with FICO. Furthermore, usually, the companies may prefer to go with fresh college our people rather than 20+ years experienced people for junior positions. I am not trying to demotivate you, but trying to bring out the reality to you.

Therefore, it is a tricky situation and it is finally a personal decision. There is nothing like placement guarantee. It is only a placement assistance. If you are looking for certification in SAP, you must go to SAP / Authorised Training Partners. No other institute is able to issue any certification. Any such fake certificates are only illegal. Therefore, please visit

Training Locations

or please contact local SAP Education in India.

There are two types of education, one is Online Training other one is Classroom Training. Online training is economical. Both has its own merits and demerits. There is no guarantee that SAP Certification would get a guaranteed job, however, it gives better marketability. Job is purely based on other merits of the candidate and SAP Certification is just one of the ingredient. Please note that there are number of certified candidate with good domain experience are struggling for jobs. My only final suggestion is at this point of time, you are not recommended any high risk decision considering the age and financial commitments.

Please let me know if you need any further advice.

Kind Regards,

Ravi

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Hi,

First of all thanks for sharing. Its very impressive and nice blog for all freshers.

Regards,

Kokila

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Hi Sir,

Thanks a lot for sharing such valuable advice for freshers looking for a career in SAP.

I am working in an organisation as a core SAP MM tester from 2 years. I am getting a chance of working in a support project in MM module as  a fresher.

I want to know that ,

If I continue in MM testing will it be a good decision for my career?

What is the scope of learning in a long running support project which includes resolving tickets and what are the career prospects.

Looking forward for your valuable advice.

Thanks,

Neha

former_member182098
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Hi Neha,

You have done enough testing and I do not want you to do the same job for life :smile:

Being a SAP Consultant (even fresher) you have ample opportunity to learn many things. May be initially, you would struggle, but you will have a bright long term career.

Therefore, I would suggest you to for SAP MM Consultant (even if it is support)

I know it would be out of your comfort zone, but, you will learn over a period of time.

All the best.

Kind Regards,

Ravi

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Thank you for the advice Sir. It is really helpful in taking the decision.

Regards,

Neha

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Hi ravisankar.venna,

First of all, Thanks for sharing such nice blog.

This is really knowledgeable.

I am working as System Admin L1(1 yr of Experience), based on Linux, Wintel, SAP Basis skills.

But the thing is that i have very limited scope to learn and face challanges in this long project.

In point of view of SAP basis, we are doing performance management, database management in SAP. I am proficient in Linux administration and have some basic knowledge in SAP Basis administration.

I would like to learn more in SAP Basis.

Can you give me advice, what is future scope of SAP Basis, how can i proceed to get compete with the SAP Basis skill.

Thanks in advance,

Avinash

former_member182098
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Hi Avinash,

There is always a demand for good consultants irrespective of the modules. Therefore, it all depends on the consultants, how he/she will learn new skills on a daily basis. Being SAP Consultant, it is not just one module he should concentrate. It would be useful to learn the niche skills in Basis, that would give you an than other consultants. Only learning normal skills in basis would limit the career progress and become like any other normal basis consultants.

Please go through

training.sap.com

and check the relevant courses in basis area.

Please note Basis is mostly technical, the more you work on live projects the more hands on experience you would get. Therefore, working on multiple projects is important to increase the skills to next level.

All the best.

Kind Regards,

Ravi

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Hi Ravi,

Thank you for a valuable advice.

Regards,

Avinash

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it is useful for trainee and trainer~ it is not from people saying and I think the effect will be better.

Thanks, April.

Former Member
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Hello Expert,

Thank you for a valuable blog.

It's really very helpful for fresher to understand about "How to become a SAP Consultant?"

Regards,

Hemant Jha

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HI Ravi,

I have cleared the SAP Certification in 25th juluy 2014 . Requesting your help in getting the SAP Certification Logo.

Faced lot of difficulties in getting the S-User ID and Password but there is no response from SAP Bangalore for Certification Logo.

My institute from where i completed my authorised training is closed now.so how to get my certificate.


Regards

Debabrata

former_member182098
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It does not really matter whether that Authorised Center is closed or not.

Please contact local SAP Education.

May be mageshwari.ramaiah is able to help you. Advised to be in touch with her.

Kind Regards,

Ravi

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Hi Debabrata,

I am a little confused with your request  :

Are you awaiting our certificate?

or

Are you looking for a certification logo?

Please clarify so that I can ask my team to check on the same.  Also provide your S User id so that its easy for us to check your records.

Regards,

Mageshwari

debabrata_dash
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Hi Mageshwari,

I have cleared my certification on 25th July 14 & waiting for my certificate ,i presume that SAP will be sending my certificate to my center which is not operational now.So requesting you send it to my personal address

Iam also looking for certification logo & certification id  to use it in my resume.

My S user id is S00024955

Former Member
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Hi Ravi,

Your blog is really inspiring to the aspirants like me. I like this sentence "If we are only taking and fail to give anything back to the society, then there is no difference between animal and us".Good one ravi. Thanks for spending your valuable time for writing this blog.


Regards

Senthilkumar.K

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Hi Ravi,

This is super blog,Completely filled with very useful information.

Thank you for sharing.

vidyasagar

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Hi Debabrata,

Please send me your email id so that I can connect you to the person responsible for dispatching the certificate.  He will ensure that the certificate is sent to your person mailing address.

Regards,

Mageshwari

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Wow Ravi - Nice One good to read on walking guidelines

Thanks

Former Member
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Thanks for the info..Ravi Garu,

Its need too much patience to write the blogs, read the replies and answer the queries simultaneously...This is what "passion" we call...... its really nice blog for freshers.

Kind Regards,

Avinashh

debabrata_dash
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Hi Mageshwari ,

I am trying to create my profile in SAP India career portal but its showing that your certification id doesn't exist.( Passed my certification on 25th July 14).

My certification id- 10718207

Kindly help me out.

Regards

Debabrata Dash