Do I Need to Be SAP Certified? In Short, Yes.
Want to know why? Let me give you a little “point to ponder,” and then three quick reasons.
A recent IDC report titled “Skill and Certification: Key to Achieving Technology Value” points to a tangible connection between business value and differentiation and comprehensive training capped off by certification.
IDC found that in IT implementations where more than half the team members held relevant certification, there was an up to 17% improvement in their capabilities to drive IT operational efficiency, response time to complete tasks, and overall agility, described as the alignment between the IT organization and the business combined with IT’s ability to rapidly deploy new business capability.
For consultants, a 17% improvement can mean a lot of things – happier clients, more profit on engagements, and the ability to be more competitive in sourcing and winning new engagements.
For enterprise customers, a 17% improvement can mean your implementation is done better, smarter and faster.
In a series of blog posts, I’m going to expand on these three key reasons Why Certification Is a “Must Have” for SAP consultants moving forward:
1) Be the Recognized Expert. Certification credentials provide the “Doctor in the House” to serve as the resident SAP expert. And what consultant or customer wouldn’t want that?
2) Knowledge to Drive ROI on SAP. Certifications provide our customers’ Centers of Excellence with the skills and insights to find real return on their SAP investment.
3) Independent Validation of Skills and Best Practices. From a personal perspective, the journey to certification provides for consultants and enterprise SAP gurus the tangible proof of their willingness to learn and to stay current in the latest and greatest.
In the coming weeks, I’ll address each of these in more detail. In the meantime, stop by the SAP Education Training and Certification Shop at https://training.sap.com/us/en/?source=CG4DAD6292 where you will find additional information about SAP certifications.