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Garima.jpgUniversity Alliances (UA) spotlights Garima Nagpal a young professional working for KPMG India. Garima took UA program courses during her MBA studies at Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT) and is now applying these skills in her work with SAP-related clients.

The goal of the UA Spotlight Series is to exchange insights with professors, lecturers, students, researchers and the entire SAP ecosystem and community.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you currently located? A fun fact or hobbies that you would like to share with the community?

My name is Garima Nagpal. I graduated from Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT), Pune and now work as an Associate Consultant in IT Advisory, Management Consulting Practice of KPMG, India. Currently I live in Bangalore, Karnataka India.

I am an avid reader who enjoys fiction books. Apart from that, I have interests in playing chess, arts & crafts activities, listening to music and cooking.

Which university did you graduate from? What was your major? When and how did you first hear about SAP? Which classes used SAP software and/or curricula in the classroom?

Completed my MBA and previously specialized in IT Business Management where I was studying in Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology. The institute is part of Symbiosis International (Deemed) University, Pune.

First heard about ERP as a concept during the introduction sessions at SCIT in 2010. It was a new term and I was curious to know more about it. I opted for an ERP course as an elective in my first semester during my MBA studies and it was through this course that I came across SAP for the first time.

Studied Finance and Controlling (FI-CO) modules using the SAP software. This ignited my interest in the subject. It also encouraged me to opt for this subject in the subsequent semesters. I also learned Sales and Distribution (SD) and Materials Management (MM) modules in the following semester under the guidance of our esteemed teacher, Professor SVK Bharathi.

Later, in line with my interest and experience with SAP, I opted for an Extended ERP course in my penultimate semester at SCIT where I came across another product of SAP called SAP Business ByDesign.

Where do you work now (name of organization or identify it by the industry – i.e. major manufacturing organization)? What SAP-related skills do you use in your job? How have your experiences with SAP solutions in the classroom helped you in your current job (and career)?

Working at KPMG, a leading provider of risk, financial & business advisory, regulatory & compliance services, audit & corporate governance.

In my charter as an Associate Consultant, I engage with clients from an assortment of industries across the country and provide them advisory, audit, assessment and assurance related services in the IT field. Often SAP ERP systems are part of my projects. With a thorough and engaging hands-on experience in SAP at SCIT, I am able to have a better understanding of my clients’ domain and operations, which helps me to maximize my efforts to provide the best-in-class solution to the clientele.

My experiences with SAP solutions have not only helped me in projects related to SAP ERP solutions but also other ERP solutions, like Oracle Suite. With an in-depth understanding of conceptual framework together with the hands-on operations in SAP solutions under Professor SVK Bharathi’s supervision in the classroom sessions, I had gained a clear insight on the functioning and work-flow of other ERP vendor solutions.

What do you like most about your University Alliances experiences? How does this help improve your SAP knowledge? Would you refer it to a friend or colleague?

My journey started from the point where I had no knowledge or concept of ERP, to where currently I have had a thorough understanding of not only ERP but also the role of a market leader in ERP and business software solutions: SAP.

Thanks to the splendid faculty including Professor Bharathi, I had the privilege to experience hands-on SAP ByDesign during the end of my MBA program. Today, I am able to showcase my ground-level understanding of the SAP interface, work flow, and operations in the SAP environment which positions me above my colleagues who have just a conceptual understanding of ERP.

It has been a great experience working on SAP solutions utilizing UA program curricula and software; I can proudly say that I am reaping the benefits of it in my career.

Yes, I will surely refer it to a friend or colleague.

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