Many SAP consultants work at end-customers (like me). This means spending all day answering the phone, sending/receiving mails, educating users, and trying to review the processes of our company in order to try to improve them – and then implement these enhancements into SAP.
This can be (and in fact is) very time-consuming. Overtime is the rule nowadays.
I began as an SAP analyst-programmer, and then moved onto SAP consulting. That was about 13 years ago.
What is somehow disappointing is that the programming and developing techniques that I learnt when I was young (well, younger) have become obsolete, or at least superseded by more modern techniques. Just for the sake of examples, compare BDC to BAPI, or SAPscript to Adobe Forms, classic reporting to ALV, and so on.
My two cents
Now the problem is – I can hardly understand all these new technologies and concepts. I must admit that it took me a couple of months to grasp what the ** SOA was – ah yes, that has something to do with webservices.
When I began with SAP, I was educated in interactive lists, BDC sessions and so on. BAPIs were like ‘the future’.
When we moved on to ECC6.0 – wow! WebDynpro for ABAP, for Java, dynamic programming… everything’s very well explained in the eLearning section of this SCN.
That means: self-learning.
24 hours a day is not enough?
It’s a pity that my initial education (and I guess that happens to many other people like me) has become obsolete so fast. Yeah, the net offers you a ton of material to upgrade your knowledge… but it’s quite hard to search, and most important, to pick up the resources that are the best or most suitable for you.
How can we cope with daily workload and trying to be updated on these new topics?