I can see that a few of you have been around since the R/3 was a sparkle in those German engineers’ eyes.
As for me, my first excursion into SAP was just a few months ago.
I have had experience in other places which required a rethink of my bearing.
The main philosophy around some workplaces can often enough be profit over product quality
In certain work scenarios, I watched colleagues get hired and fired sections at a time and that left me with very little confidence with regards to job security, and even less in terms of job progression or pay rise. It seemed if new skills were needed, the old were cut (people were fired) and the new were brought in (certified “experts”) or, in the worst cases, everything was outsourced. I didn’t want them to be doing my work.
Occasionally there was no on the job training (bar the essentials of “Here is a manual. Now read it!”), even though I was promised it in the job interview.
This is part of the reason I wanted to get into something such as SAP. I know there are PLENTY of jobs internationally for it and you must have at least some on the job training. I also had the feeling that once I am trained, I will be trained in something significantly useful.
Ideally, I would like the option of being able to move to another country with the same skill set and pick up work.
So I started to find work in SAP. I couldn’t find much information on SAP products that made sense to me, being as un-educated in the ways of SAP as I was.
Apart from the blurbs available on the websites, the incredibly happy consultants on the promotional videos and occasional job scripts in adverts, I was flying blind.
It may sound a bit of a stretch, but the idea was that if I can’t find information on it, then neither can anyone else who is not in the “circle of trust” ( a term picked up from Meet The Parents).
If there is a “circle of trust”, then I need to break into it somehow. So on the philosophy ‘I won’t know anything, but neither will anyone else who tries to break into it’, I felt I just had to prove I am capable and ready to learn.
And this has been somewhat true.
I have broken that Circle. Yet information is STILL hard to find.
You will already know the forums, the Wiki and most other information are guarded by an S number. Outsiders don’t have access to this internal information. As obvious as that sounds, it is really annoying to try to find something when you are not sure what exactly you are looking for in the first place. For someone whose main information “source of sources” is Google, it’s difficult to go back to the old, very literal, style of search engine that SAP provides. It’s probably unfair to compare the two as Google is Google after all, but I’m sure this concept change of searching WITHOUT Google scares a lot of people, and I have caught myself over the last few months muttering negatively about how I wish I could find something I know is hidden in this pile of, say, information.
But it’s all bad as it sounds. The SDN network is really very good. I have learnt a lot from reading the FAQ’s disguised as blogs, as well as reading actual blogs, listening to Podcasts, reading the Wiki, and playing with the development tools like test composer and DI commander 2.0
The sample scripts for the .Net examples are easy to understand and use, although the initial step into using the UI API is a pretty big one.
Anyway, this is my first blog on here, or at least a ramble badly disguised as a blog.
I am in the world of Business One at the moment, hopefully branching out later to others, such as BI, perhaps after I learn what BI actually is. It’s probably on Wikipedia.