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How to Break into SAP as a Functional Consultant – Part II

Continuing from my How to Break into SAP as a Functional Consultant – Part I, I want to focus on the ingredients of winning combination.

Strengths: Pick your Pie. To illustrate, if you were working as Accountant your logical choice should be Financial Accounting. If you pick up CRM instead, you will not be able to justify the business experience demands. The product should be picked not because people nominate it as ‘hot’ but based on your domain experience.

Commitment: Your commitment starts with Training. A formal training is must, possibly from SAP Academy. Formal training may lead to Certification. Certification alone does not guarantee jobs but surely helps draw attention of Hiring Managers. You will also need financial backup for Training, Certification and covering the struggle-period tension free.

Experience: SDN,, and an existing trustworthy Consultant (of same domain) are three resources which will help you sail through technical problems reasonably well. Make sure you grow the habit of ‘Do it yourself’ to increase your experience and confidence.

Opportunities: You need little luck for opportunity to knock your doors, and to avoid missing the train put hard work in your bag. Imagine if your company is planning to implement SAP, you should not miss an opportunity to be a Core User or at least End User. It is a time when you can see and observe SAP more closely. Grow your love for SAP such that you will win over. Remember, if nothing works you can still return being proud of your sincere attempt. Plan your return in a firm already running SAP, and one day your love for SAP will do wonders in your career.

Finally, beyond ERP there is the whole new suite of BusinessObjects offering which need Functional Consultants. Who knows you are made for BusinessObjects? Never forget to check what’s new

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  • I'm glad to see you recommend getting formal training.  I've seen many posts on SDN about a consultant assigned to a project and that same consultant is searching for training materials because he has not idea about the project he has been assigned.  Amazing.  Now that is what you call on the job training.  That is not fair for the customer.
    • Agree! More than product knowledge, it tunes you for future learning. It has somehow taught me how to learn SAP on own, while earlier helped set basics right. A lot of people cannot afford SAP Acadamy fee or its pace. In any case, formal training should not be ignored. That is the whole idea!
  • your blogs are listing common traits of a successful consultant and not how to break into the field or the career.  That's a significant difference.
    • Hi Nathan, I respect your comments. You have double of my experience so I am sure you able to see something I cannot. The blog covers one of the possible ways to break into SAP. How about reading it this way "After one satisfy with questions of Part I blog, they need to first bring 'Strengths' together, then be 'Committed' to SAP career as they gain 'Experience' with it to finally create and capitalize on 'Opportunities'". I think the better answers of "Traits of Successful Consultant" can be taken from [original link is broken] [original link is broken] I have tried to draw a thin line between Jarret and my blogs, keeping it very simple for aspirants. Your thought gives me idea to write "Various methods of breaking into SAP". Let me work towards it and come back.
  • Basic thing that many of us miss out on including me, its never late and for ppl who aspire to be SAP consultants this blog would be more than a help!!!

    Would like too know what are the key things that one has to look for once he/she has been assigned to a support project

  • Hi
    My bro has done B.Tech in biotechnology with 1 yr exp in R&D. He is willing to take shift career in SAP as functional. Which module will be most suitable. Do we have any such organizations which provide training and help in placements?
  • Hi Yash,
           I am looking to get certified as a SAP consultant. I came across your profile on LinkedIn. My current domain experience consists of 4 years of hands on experience in construction. When my profile was analysed by the counsellors at a SAP Education Partner, I was told it suits PS & PP modules. However from the placement perspective, I was told I should opt for the PP module. I was told my aim should be to  kick start a career in SAP and then get familiar with different modules. Although, I seem to identify myself more with the PS module, I was told that it requires familiarity with the other modules.
           From my understanding, PP module seems to cater more towards manufacturing and related industries. With my experience in construction and with my eventual goal of working in the SAP EC&O system, what in your opinion should my approach be?