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‘Hearty congratulations on being named a 2011 top contributor at SAP TechEd Las Vegas and in appreciation we are providing you a chance to take up a SAP certification exam for free…’ so went the email which I received from the Director, SAP Marketing .

For a moment when I read the email in mid of October 2011, it felt surreal. It took a few days for the fact to sink in as all along I had pondered whether I should take up a certification exam or not and here I was with an opportunity starring at me to not only take up the certification exam but also one which was paid for. At one side I felt it was a matter of personal pride and at the same time doubts crept in as to which exam I should take if I choose to and in which module should I take. I let the thoughts linger in my mind further for a couple of weeks and was quite amused at the thoughts which surfaced out. But one thing which I was sure of, if I had to be certified it was not to be after reading up some books or material available online or by speaking to people who had certified in the past to know what kind of stuff is asked.

I was kind of oblivious to the fact that days n weeks whizzed by while I was still in state of flux and indecisive as to what I should do and then it dawned on me that I had very little time to make my decision as the email from SAP clearly stated that I had to take the exam before 31st Dec 2011. My mind then quickly worked at a pace which might have left even Usain Bolt gasping for breath & I decided that I would first certify myself in PP module before certifying in others. After a quick check through the options, I decided that it would be the professional level certification ‘P_PROD_65’. No sooner did I think everything is going to fall in place, was there a surprise in the plot. The SAP partner site where I was to take the exam were not offering the professional level, but only the associate level here in Singapore. For a moment I thought all my effort and a hope of getting certified came to a nought.

I frantically sent out emails to SAP and to the partner site, but the response was late as the clock had ticked past 31st Dec 2011 and the validity period was over. I paused and looked back in reflection to take solace in the fact that I tried all that I could, but it wasn’t meant to be. Life seemed to chug along as I got back into my daily rigmarole, when suddenly the lines of paulo cohelo’s alchemist ‘When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it‘ seemed to be playing out. I received an email from SAP in mid of February 2012, saying I can still take the certification exam. After a few email exchanges and the necessary paper work done, the ‘d’ day was finalized and it was to be 20th April 2012. I had exactly 50 days to go and before I began preparing myself I asked myself ‘what will this certification mean to me’.

After much thought, I firmed up my mind and wanted this certification to be a reflection of the knowledge which I have managed to gain over time in different projects / assignments. This clarity in my thought made the next 50 days a time for reflection, where-in although I was working on my daily tasks a part of my brain was working on preparing myself. For a moment I took a pregnant pause and asked myself would I have taken the same approach had I paid for the exam with my money. Quick came the reply, at stake was something beyond money, as SAP had given this opportunity for being a top contributor and if I performed anything less than the mark it would be a big let down. Unfettered by these thoughts my preparation via reflections went along and not before long was it 20th April 2012. The 80 questions rattled one after the other and I managed to click in the answers in about 1 hours time, further took another 30 mins. to revisit the responses to see if I had done to the best I can and finally clicked submit.

The next few seconds of waiting made me re-live every one of the moments from the time I received the first email to the time I entered the certification exam room and then…. the screen showed… ‘Congratulations’….your certificate will be posted… and also giving breakup of each section. My mind was quick to note that I was off the mark by 20%  and immediately registered the sections in which I had missed out, as this would be the areas where I need to improve upon. I came out and felt I had finally figured it out that I indeed wanted ‘To Be’ certified. I have just managed to certify myself in one and there are more to come in the near future, so my reflections will continue.

This was my first attempt at a blog, so please feel free to drop in your views / comments. If this blog has been able to add some value to the forum, then I plan to write more blogs but those will be more on some specific subject matter. Thanks for your time and happy reading…

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  1. Ritesh Dube

    Congratulations Vivek,

    While reading your blog it brings back memory of period when I got certified, I really still remember the feeling when I was about to click on submit button and how nervous I was πŸ™‚ , but when after fraction of second screen show the magic words ” Congratulations” , there is no  word to define feeling.

    Nice blog.

    Thanks

    Ritesh

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  2. Mangalraj Senthamaraikannan

    Dear Vivek,

    Many congratulations for this remarkable achievement and also sharing this with our

    SCN members.I guess this would be one of the motivating blogs for many members

    including me…Thanks once again to you and the community.

    Regards

    Mangalraj.S (A Great fan of you and your contribution)…

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  3. Sundaresan Velayudam

    Dear Vivek,

    Congratulation!!

    You have articulate the content in a right way, This blog will give inspiration to all the SAP PP consultant who using SCN and motivating to post and answer in SCN

    Regards,

    Sundaresan.E.V

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      1. Anupam Sharma

        Dear Vivek,

        Congratulation on achieving the great milestone

        This blog will give  an inspiration and impetus  to share experience and knowledge to all the SAP PP consultant who are  contributing on SCN and want to become like you who shares every bit of their knowledge to help out other consultants.

        Once againg congrats on getting certified,  i have great respect for you and i ll try to follow you footsteps.

        Regards

        Anupam Sharma

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  4. 深圳鸽子 Yang

    Congratulations..Vivek..You really help many guys in this forum,you deserve it..It’s very kind of you.I used to send a email to you for a SAP PP issue and you feedback in a short time…I really appreciate it very much….And thanks very much for sharing your experience to get this certification…

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  5. chetan puraswani

    Hi Vivek,

    Hearty congratulations to you….Never in my mind i thought that you are not certified…

    I would like to mention something which i hav always noticed in your posts…You have the solution not only from the system working point of view, but you always try to find out the busniess perspective behind the situation which is very enriching and motivating us to think that way as well. Thank you for sharing your experiences every time..

    You have always been a source of inspiration to aspiring consultants like me..Someday i wish to become like you and have an approach like you……….I appreciate and am happy about this milestone in your SAP career…You truly deserved it..!!!

    Regards,

    Chetan..

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    1. Vivek Seelin Post author

      Thanks Chetan. I believe without understanding the business context if a solution is provided, it would be something like shooting in the dark, seldom hits the target.

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  6. Dhaval Choksi

    Dear Vivek,

    Hearty Congratulation, you really deserve what you have achieved. Your efforts to help others are really inspirational.

    Regards,

    Dhaval πŸ™‚

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  7. Kristine Alsandor

    Congratulation are definitely in order.I remember how difficult the exam was. I had to have two attempts for CO. Have  you or any other community members experienced a value add as a result of certification. I am contemplating Certification for PS.

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    1. Vivek Seelin Post author

      Thanks Kristine. Personally I feel it is very important to be clear on the reason why one intends to do the certification. It has made a lot of difference for me as I am now able to put things in a better perspective. I have lined up a few more in the near future, so its something I look forward to. Good luck for your PS certification exams (I plan to do it as well in the near future).

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      1. Kristine Alsandor

        Thanks for your perspective and reply. Your response and the other colleagues responses have me now realizing the real value of certification and that reason for me is that allows me to reinforce and extend my knowledge of SAP in a specific module. and acknowledges that I have acquired a level of expertise that allows me to  be a part of this club. Previously, my focus was on higher billing rates as an independent.contractor. Now I see it as my added value to me and to my chosen profession. Clients validation is not as important as my validation of myself. I appreciate having this distinction and this group .

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        1. Vivek Seelin Post author

          I believe the day we are able to view certification as a reflection of what we truly know rather than what we want others to think we know, that day our learning would have climbed one step higher.

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  8. Mohsin Borkar

    Hey Vivek,

    Hearty congratulations for your deserving tag & indeed a nice inspirational blog to read.

    Thanks for explaining the importance of certification.

    Feeling much better now. πŸ™‚

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  9. Avinash Sharma

    Many Congrats Vivek,

    From your blog it is quite clear how important this certification was to you.

    However, I have just stepped into SAP PP  Landscape….so certification thing for me may be a distant thing right now…..but guess what ! I am already getting jitters with the thoughts of ‘me clicking on that submit button’…. πŸ™‚ ..And thank you very much for all your help in SCN…Respect !

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