When a SAP consultant with fake experience joins an organization, exactly what happens? Is there something that goes wrong? If you think seriously, you will find out different obligations of the same, moral as well as financial also. According to me following things takes place which are really harmful to entire SAP Eco-system:
- When a consultant with 3 years fake experience makes way to the organization, somebody with genuine experience of 1 to 3 years experience gets deprived from his rights. It’s immoral in nature.
- In an organization when less skilled fake experience consultant gets more salary than existing skilled consultant, it creates frustration among existing skilled resources which is the most damaging factor to skill matrix of an organization.
- Organization shell out more money for less skilled person who deserves to be less which is nothing but financial loss.
- The most significant part of entire story is when it comes to delivery; customer which is most crucial asset for any organization gets suffered due to fake skills of that consultant.
- It pollutes entire SAP Eco-system.
Hence I always thinks about this, how we can all bring transparency to SAP Job Market by eradicating nexus of fake experience. I know its very bold topic to discuss but it is mandatory to discuss. Organizations which are driven by values & ethics will only sustain.
Let’s start with analysis as well as solution of this evil:
1) Priority for SAP certified consultants at the time of recruitment –
SAP certification is today one of the toughest program in IT sector which ensures high quality of training standards & rigorous testing methodologies. SAP certification ensures a candidate’s exposure through all the necessary aspects of that particular specialization & giving edge to that candidate.
SAP can ask all his implementation partners to give priority to the professionals having “SAP certified” tag. If certified guys start getting priority, professional will do certification more vigorously avoiding fake institutes & fake certificates which leads to more transparency in SAP job market.
2) Rationalization of SAP certification cost –
I had a dialogue with many persons who put fake experience on their CV. When I asked that person, why you do this things, this is wrong. He answered my question in a simple sentence, I can’t afford certification hence I am doing this. What that person answered, its fact. A person with normal financial background cannot afford SAP certification cost. In Indian context, SAP certification costs more than INR 350 thousands for ILT program. Amount is huge when you consider it Indian context & its per capita income & GDP etc. A person with high aptitude & attitude & willing to work hard only adopts evil way of fake experience only because of affordability issue.
We can reduce the costs make it more affordable to more number of professionals who are willing to pursue their SAP career or SAP can adopt GRE/GMAT pattern where higher the percentage of scores ensures eligible for higher percentage of scholarships. GRE/GMAT pattern will ensures financial assistance will goes to them who deserves to be the best.
3) Education Loan facility for SAP Certification –
SAP can tie ups with private sector & government banks & ask them to provide loans for certification to the needy professionals. Today not a single PSU bank & very few private banks will provide loan for SAP certification. This creates a financial logjam for a professional who want to pursue their SAP certification. This concern must be addressed by SAP on top priority in order to ensure finance should not turn an obstacle for a capable candidate.
4) Skills Registry –
This can be something which is difficult to implement but ultimately hit bulls eye.
This exercise requires better coordination between SAP & its implementation partners. The idea I am presenting is in its crude format. It can be implemented in a prefect manner after a detailed thought process over it.
- SAP can build a portal which will be having database of its entire professional along with their skill sets.
- Each professional will be having unique number which he will carry throughout his professional life.
- SAP can ask to all his implementation partners to register all its SAP employees with this portal with their skills & number of year’s experience, his joining date, relieving date etc.
- The database will be maintained by implementation partners only & SAP consultants will have only display access to check correctness of data.
- It will be advisable for all SAP professional to mention unique registry number on their CV so that employer can access all details regarding skills & experience.
- SAP professionals registered by non-partner organization like SAP customers can be registered under different groups which will consist of end users, core team members, power users.
5) Fresher drive for certified consultants –
SAP can ask all his implementation partners to conduct fresher’s drive for certified consultants who do not have any professional experience in SAP consulting. This is win-win proposition for both the candidates as well as employers. Employer can save on salaries offered as they are hiring freshers & candidate is getting an opportunity to work with an implementation partner. This is one of the option candidate will get rather than affixing fake experience along with his profile.
In a knowledge based industry like IT/Software, real strength of an organization is not in its balance sheet or net profit or cash in hand but quality of manpower it have & it will generate in future. An IT organization will only sustain in the long run by ensuring continuous supply of talented & best fit professionals.
This nexus of fake experience & certification is polluting entire IT industry. I will term it as moral hazard to SAP Eco-system. Great companies will not sustain merely on profits it making but these profits must be accompanied by values & ethics of transparency & accountability. Even in past we see several examples of profit-making business entities turns into bankrupt units in the absence of ethics & values & corporate governance.
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