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Suggestions for a Newbie please

Former Member
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Greetings:

Here is my situation:

MS Computer Science - 2002

MA in Public Relations - 2000

Bachelors in Business - 1999

2002-2007 Working in various IT sectors including web design in PHP, database development in MySQL and other non-core IT technologies like clinical Info systems.

I have no background in SAP and would like to start my career over again.

Please help me. I have talked to a number of SAP training program admins in VA, Calif and Atlanta, and each of the training programs promote their own module. Some say HR is the best, some say BW and some SD and I even heard Securities as an option. Some say BW is on the downhill and some say Netweaver is the way to go.

I am really confused. I am looking to get in to a module where the job opportunities are plentiful, since I know first-hand the perils of not finding a decent job or something that lasts for more than a couple of months. I consider myself technically savvy and a good communicator, so a techno-functional role could be ideal too.

But having gone through a very rough phase as far as finding jobs in the past 5 years, I finally want to settle down and want to train myself in a technology which will gurantee me a job in the near future. Hard work is no problem. I just want to be able to finally say I have a job. I know the SAP community is pretty tight-knit, so I am looking for any help that I can get. Please help me through this process.

Pour in any ideas or suggestions you might have.

Thank You,

AT

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Former Member
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Hi Anamika,

As replied earlier BI and BW are same now. For more on these terms check out this blog:

<a href="/people/sap.user72/blog/2004/11/01/sap-bi-versus-sap-bw-what146s-in-a-name BI versus SAP BW: What’s in a Name?</a>

Regards,

Subhasha Ranjan

P.S. Rewarding points will give you 1 point.

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Former Member
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Thank you for your replies. Is BI a part of BW? Can you please explain?

Former Member
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From 7.0 version and going forward, BW is now called BI (business intelligence). Earlier it was BW.

Former Member
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Hi,

One thing I will say is make sure, after reading through the Intros as was suggested earlier, that you have an interest (at least) in the module you wish to research.

I have seen people, over the last 15 years or so, find themselves so frustrated with their poor choice of module that they have left the industry altogether. For example, if you have a passions for process automation and a technical bent, then Guided Processes or Business Workflow may be your bag. But you may be more interested in communications or guarenteed delivery, in which case XI may be the go.

But in SAP, remember to be aware of areas outside of your chosen field of specialisation. I started as an ABAPper and Report writer before branching into workflow (my real love) and also working with IACs, Webdynpro, and even a bit of work (during the quiet spell in the early 2000s) with .NET and the .NET Connector. Also did SAPscript, Smartforms and ran some training courses as well.

The point is a career in SAP will reward your flexibility and curiousity. And better yet, your getting paid to have this fun.

SAP will inject new technologies and modules over the lifespan of your career - the people who stay in the game seem to have passion for the new, and SDN is part of the network helping us to keep up with changes and trends in our field.

Best of Luck

Gareth

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Gareth Ellem

Former Member
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If getting a relatively 'safe' position in SAP is your priority, you should look at BI, CRM or Netweaver.

BI is doing good, CRM market is ok and Netweaver development (ABAP / Java ) will always be there. SRM might be the next product from SAP that a number of customers will look at.

It also depends on what you think you will excel at and what skillset you currently have. Whatever you choose, you should learn the latest and the greatest (eg a regular BW developer may not have same marketability as one with BI 7 and visual composer experience; or a CRM4.0 experience will be less marketable than CRM5.0). In any area of SAP there is demand for skilled people - you need to identify what are the key components you need to master once you have identified your interest area in SAP. Regularly browsing the job adverts will give you some idea about that.

Former Member
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Hi Anamika,

Rather than going by the options giving by training institutes I would suggest that first go through the introduction of all SAP modules. Once you read the basics of it, you will be in a better situation to find out which one is suitable for you. If you have good knowledge of any module then there is always openings for good people.

Netweaver can also be a good option. In netweaver there are various satcks such as EP (which needs complete coding in JAVA), XI( Used for Integration, less coding, more configuration, it also needs knowledge of JAVA, and somehow ABAP as well), BI, BASIS. In case of Netweaver also the same things I will say go through the intro part of all satcks. Checkout homepage of Netweaver on SDN:

https://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/netweaver

In my view there are full of openings for netweaver technologies like EP, XI, BASIS, BI. Also there is openings for SAP modules as well. Just check out of ur interest and move on accordingly.

Regards,

Subhasha Ranjan