or for that matter an SAP consultant.
One of the questions I get asked a lot is how do I become a SAP consultant. My answer has always been. It is not easy. Most SAP consultants /experts are hatched in some form of trainee path. For two reasons.
- Not access to systems. It used to cost 10.000-20.000€ to get a SAP license + hardware, OS and database licenses and installation support. It is not something that everybody can afford just to learn on.
- You should have some real life cases to practice on.
For 1) it has now changed quite a lot. SAP is helping developers to get experiences with their tools. It does make a lot of sense from their perspective. The more people how know about using tools like Process Orchestration the easier it is to sell it. SAP started last year (if I remember) correctly with putting new products out for developers to try.
With the use of Amazon Web services it is easy for everybody to host a server, without having to know about tuning and installing any products. I was starting the SAP PO package and had opened my Integration Builder in 60 minutes, and I was even on the train with a shaky internet connection.
For the experience it is much harder to get at the moment. It will take time to get real customer experiences. But at least you can try it out now, and experience if it is something for you.
I have created a video where I detail some of the information about why the SAP PI/PO area is going to change a lot. I will encourage you to watch it and also share it anybody, who would like to be a PI/PO consultant.
You can find the video at http://picourse.com signin with your name and email, then I’ll keep you updated with the status.
I’ll be releasing a low price course in a short while. I’m going to focus the training on the 80/20 rule. So just teach the most important skills and techniques so anybody can get started.
I see that we will be able to train even more PI consultants or for consultants in other areas; to make it much easier for companies to get their integration needs solved. I do hope that some of the downloads/ AWS images till make it possible.