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This is my first blog in sdn.  Even though I have been on and off sdn for sorting out the issues I faced,

never been a member of it till recently (quite bewildered by the vastness I must add!…..not sure I have

seen even one-fourth of it!!!) I have been contemplating the idea of giving back to the community but

couldn’t corner where/how to begin it. These led me to take a personal reflection.. more like having a

pause in action and I stumbled upon the topic of my very first blog…  It’s true ‘the answer lies within yourself’.

‘To be SAP certified or not’ has been one of those points to ponder ever since I started out my career in

SAP BI.  It took a couple of years to finally say ‘yes I do’ to C_TBW45_70.  Suddenly, I found myself with a

stack of SAP materials and decided to take a glance at it.  The second I started, I felt at home.  The more

I read the more hooked I got.  I got to understand many facts in depth and was amazed at the ocean of

knowledge that beckoned me.  I made it a point to note down the important ones.  It took me 3 months to

finish reading all those (with an hour to spare for it mostly every day).  A special mention to the blog by Ravi

Sankar Venna on certification, I was truly amazed by his efforts.  By the time my preparations were done,

I felt at ease. 

The D-day! May 24, 2012. I was a little nervous… 80 questions in 180 minutes. But the exam was not that

tough I expected it to be but some answer choices confused me! I could complete it within 75 minutes.  Again

went through all the questions and finally clicked the ‘Submit’ button. Fingers crossed!

‘Congratulations…….’which was followed by a report giving % correct score for differentsections in the exam.

I savored the moment.  It was a reflection of the choice I made, the time and effort I put in to achieve it.  After a

few weeks I laid my hands on my first SAP certificate.

My life after certification is/was amazing. Suddenly, I found/find total strangers congratulating me and looking at
me in awe.  Personally, it’s a huge boost to my self-confidence…yes I can achieve what I aim for and now I am raring

to take my next plunge and professionally it helped me find a niche for myself in my team and in my company.

I would sum up with these words…

In everything I hope to achieve fulfillment.

This life is short,

and no matter how unfair sometimes,

I never give up.

To all those wannabes….Getting yourself certified is not the end of world, but the beginning of a truly
amazing journey!

Keep up the spirits,

Anjali

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  1. Ravi Sankar Venna

    Nice blog to start with 🙂

    The success really not lies in the intelligence, but it lies in the attitude. Those who believe in the perseverance will always be successful, if not today, definitely tomorrow. It is good know your experience, which took me nearly 10 years back when I passed my first certification way back in 2003. It was my first Certification, invested huge amount in SAP Partner Training, I was almost like steam cooker before 5 minutes of getting the result. 😉 Luckily the hard work paid off. But, later I attended number of certification examination, but, I never felt that much tensed. Probably, the first time was my do or die situation, could be the reason I lost in that tension. 😉

    Thanks for mentioning my name in your blog. Hopefully, your blog should motivate the community members on this forum.

    Best Regards,

    Ravi

    PS: Meanwhile, you can also look into other knowledge areas like BOBJ / BPC / HANA to extend yourself.

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    1. Anjali P Post author

      Thanks Ravi..

      Its an honor to have you comment on my first blog.  You have been truly inspirational…

      Could you please guide me on which certification to go for on BOBJ? Which one is the latest? Is there anything linked with BI?

      Regards,

      Anjali

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      1. Ravi Sankar Venna

        Hi Anjali,

        Thank you very much for your noble words.

        I can see the following latest associate examination in this area.

        https://training.sap.com/gb/en/certification/c_bobip_40-sap-certified-application-associate-sap-businessobjects-business-intelligence-platform-40-g/

        You can also please search the other certifications in this area at the following certification finder.

        https://training.sap.com/gb/en/certification/

        The courses that are required for this certification are:

        BOE310

        BOE320

        BOE330

        BOE315

        BOE325

        Best Regards,

        Ravi

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      2. Albin Devasia

        Hi Anjali,

        I am planning to do BI certification. I am from Bangalore . Can you just write about the registration process and fees( Total expense) etc.?

        Best regards,

        Albin

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        1. Anjali P Post author

          Hi Albin,

          In Bangalore, Koramangala, there is Atos and Lithan Genovate (Authorized SAP Training Centers) offering BI certification and training.

          Few ways for getting SAP certification:

          1. By undergoing the full 5-weeks training at any of the Authorized Education Partners of SAP.

          http://sapeducation.in.atos.net/

          http://www.lithangenovate.com/

          2. Should have at least 2 implementations experience, were the Company authenticates and sponsors the candidate. The Company, which is sponsoring the candidate, needs to be a SAP Partner.

          3.Apply to SAP directly (Not Sure if this can be done in India 😕 )

          https://training.sap.com/in/en/certification/c_tbw45_70-sap-certified-application-associate-business-intelligence-with-sap-netweaver-70-g

          The fee details are available in the sites mentioned above.

          Before venturing in to please read the following blogs, if you haven’t,

          My experiences with SAP Authorised Training Centers
          http://scn.sap.com/community/training-and-education/certification/blog/2012/07/24/my-experiences-with-sap-authorised-training-centers

          How to Approach and Pass a SAP Certification

          http://scn.sap.com/community/training-and-education/certification/blog/2012/03/22/how-to-crack-a-sap-certification

          DOs & DON’Ts for SAP Career (Certification)
          http://scn.sap.com/community/training-and-education/certification/blog/2012/08/09/dos-don-ts-for-sap-carrier-certification-on-the-basis-of-my-on-going-journey-from-an-accountant-to-sap-fi-consultant

          Keep up the Spirits,

          Anjali

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  2. Sreekumar RS

    This blog is truly motivational.  For anybody who has second thoughts of getting certified, I recommend to go through it.  All the best for future endeavors!

    Regards,

    SKumar

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    1. Anjali P Post author

      Thank you Susan and Vincent… 🙂 I am happy you took timeout to go through my blog!!!

      Happier if it inspired you!

      Ananth,

      I have used the SAP matertials for preparing for the exam.  I understand they are vast, but go through them well, added with your experience, will get you through it.  I personally skimmed through modeling, extraction, reporting topics and prepared well on IP, APD as my professional experience was less on it compared to other topics.

      All the best,

      Anjali

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  3. ANANTH WELINKERR

    Hi Anjali

                   I am planning to do my SAP BI certification in London, UK. here I am eligible to take certification directly from SAP UK without any support of training institute. I am preparing myself without any help. I a preparing the certification materials provided by SAP. I would like to share some experience to prepare certification.

    Thanks & Regards

    Ananth welinkerr

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  4. Vincent Ong

    Reading your blog made me feels like sitting for certification all over again.

    When I sat for SAP BI cert, and the word “Congratulation” came out, I have to say: that feeling is priceless 😀

    Nice Blog and Congratz!

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    1. ANANTH WELINKERR

      Hi Vincent, first congrats for clearing SAP BW certification, I am preparing for SAP BI certification in UK can you pls share your experience abt certification which helps me lot to clear my certification. Thanks

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      1. Vincent Ong

        Hi Ananth,

        My advice would be: Give yourself a time limit, say, 2 months, read through all 5 books.

        Spend everyday 2-3 hours reading those material before you sleep, and weekends, try read as much as you can, and browse through help.sap.com, that website helped me a lot.

        For Business Explorer like Query Designer, BEx Web analyzer etc, you need to play around with the tool, cause the question would include how you navigate using those tools.

        As for APD, try understand the concepts, the question might be a bit tricky, but if you understand the concept correctly, should be fine.

        Last but not least, if you feel bored, or lazy, but just keep telling yourself, its just 2 months, 60 days, read, understand, and do those free BW sample question you can find from the net.

        When you get the cert, its worth it 😎

        All the best!

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        1. ANANTH WELINKERR

          HI Vincent,

          Thanks for ur valuable comments reg. certification. Since I am fresher I am finding bit difficult in understanding the concept, Can u pls post some links were I can get some model BI questions which helps me to test my knowledge, and I would like to know were u completed ur BI certification. Thanks

          Ananth welinkerr.p

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