My Consulting Life
Well somebody has defined “Success as the milestone between 2 failures” and that sums up a SAP consultant work quite well. Moreover the essence of SAP work can also be found in my favorite song “Life just seems to fade away” from Metallica. But, hey I am not sounding too pessimistic, am I?; SAP is fun too, with each project enhancing your skills in leaps and bounds. The process of surfing the net for new and optimum solutions, exploring Blogs and other professional sites to look for that exclusive solution or some error which has been vexing us, all seems worthy at the end of day. Like all aspects of life, going gets tough sometimes, case in point: at the client site with people expecting ERP to be some type of magic wand performing all tasks as per the wishes. This thought gets personified when they actually see the product and many times, the list of “this point missing and that one missing”… adds up, which in worst case situations makes you think: “Was I developing the same project or some other one”.
Managing customers is like a fine art which gets honed and better with each project experience… just like the aging of a good wine. It requires consultants to not only have technical skills but good communication skills and above all, the ability to absorb pressures like a sponge. That’s because with deadlines driving you against the wall and your meals being reduced to Noodles and take away stuff, maintaining your serenity and calmness can be as difficult as making Calvin (from C&H) talk and act straight. Well, it’s due to all these challenges that the life of an SAP consultant seems very dynamic and eventful. Each morning brings you a different set of challenges, but on the other hand there is an upside to these hardships: the gaining of knowledge and maturity from the previous day”s challenges equips you for the next and adds to your bountiful repositories of solutions.