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By this point in the year, most of us are settled into the rhythm of work. Vacations are behind us and those projects that promised to start in “early January” are bearing fruit. We are “getting on” with business.

But in this day and age, it’s no longer good enough to “get on” with business. We have to keep our skills sharp and in alignment with the directions of our industry. And one of those trends is the convergence of technical and business skills. Sure, this has been “in-train” for over a decade, but we are rapidly getting to a point where a balance of technical and business skills is no longer a “nice to have”, but a key to career success.

And as Jon Reed points out in his excellent SAP Career Outlook 2010 – this means looking not at the skills you need in the future, but at the skills you need now. He suggests creating a “skills menu” – identifying those areas (especially in the BPX field) which you need to enhance – and that are best suited to your particular (ie current) role.

From a skills development or prioritization point of view, this means that you have to continue to maintain your core SAP skills, but begin to cultivate broader (or what Jon calls “edge”) skills. He provides a couple of examples, but there will be plenty of variations – that will apply to your own area of expertise.

Winning SAP Technical Skills Combinations

CORE EDGE
SAP Developer SAP Adobe Flex and Forms Developer
SAP Developer SAP Mobile Development (with CRM Sales)
SAP Basis Specialist SAP Virtualization Expert

Winning SAP Functional Skills Combinations

CORE EDGE
HR Functional (Payroll/Benefits) SAP Talent Management and E-Recruiting
CRM Functional (Sales/Service) CRM On-Demand and/or CRM Marketing
FI/CO Functional EPM/BPC (formerly OutlookSoft)

OK – so you may have identified your Core and your Edge skills, but what do you do next? You could start by putting some Free eBook: Building Your Future through Personal Learning practices in place. Be sure to read through Jon Reed’s entire article over at the SAP Career Center – and then get to back to work. There’s learning to be done.

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  1. Daniel Koller
    Even if I was somehow surprised about the GUI descision for BbD: why is this not on your list now?

    Just because you do not consider it important now?

    Kind regards,

    Daniel

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    1. Gavin Heaton Post author
      Thanks Daniel – the skills combinations are those recently noted by Jon Reed. They are examples only and are certainly not meant to be an exhaustive list.
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