Dear All, Greetings for the day. I am working in SCM domain form past 8 years principally as a Demand Planner , with hands on experience of SAP MM – SD Modules , I have worked on Material master maintenance , MRP, Automatic Replenishment Systems, Unit of Measure Projects, New Plant / Material - rollouts , Quality server testing’s of these aspects. Can this experience of mine will be helpful for me to go for SAP certification (SAP MM) , once done with my Certification would I have to start as a Fresher or my previous experience would be considered (both in Monetary and Hierarchy wise). Requesting you for your valuable Guidance, as I wish to enter the SAP Arena with accepting the reality, so as to avoid any sort of pre conceived notions. Gajanan R Kulkarni
I guess it depends on the job market specifics in your country.
For sure the domain experience is a very valuable asset and it would help you understand better the topics covered by the certification exam. It would also help you (once you get a job) suggest better solutions based on your end-user experience, because it is easier for you to relate to the end users' problems - especially if you start in the same or a similar industry.
Still, end-user experience and the knowledge obtained during certification training is not the whole story.
Implementation/support experience, project management, expanding your knowledge after passing the certification - these are areas where you would need to focus on improving if you wish to be successful.
I know a lot of consultants which started their careers in SAP as key/end users and some of them struggle with the fact that they need to change their perception from 'I am entitled to get trained/get help', 'Why this does not work as described?', 'Well, we did this differently in my previous company...' to 'Please explain the business reason why you do this in a certain way', 'How changing or eliminating a certain process step would affect the end-to-end process and the company as a whole', 'Let me double-check whether we can optimize the process according to your business needs'. You might be an exception, but most companies would prefer to place you at least for the first couple of years in a junior position until you obtain support/implementation experience and demonstrate your soft skills.
If you prefer to start as a business process consultant, then it is a different story - job placement would depend more on how deep is your understanding of the business processes in the specific industry and project implementation knowledge. In such case SAP configuration knowledge would be an added value, but not an absolute necessity.
Regarding the salary/hierarchy - your domain experience might get you a slightly higher salary than a fresh graduate with zero domain knowledge and almost no technical skills - if you know how to sell yourself, but it really depends on the hiring manager, available budget, the position you apply for etc. Starting in a senior position probably will not happen before you can prove to the employer that you would be a valuable asset to the company in such role.
In case there is an option to apply for a consultant position in your previous company, the hierarchy path may be a bit easier (or harder), but at least you will know better what to expect there.
I am Pratik Jani
As i read in your post you done your certification in SD and MM module
I have en experience of 5 years too. As a end user of both the modules SD as well as MM.
So can you please give me the perfect guidance of how to do prepration of certification and how to give exam.
In very short i want all the details of certification.