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SAP:  System, application, products in data processing. It took me a while before I could actually remember the abbreviation.

What is SAP? What does it stand for?? Why do people use this?? Ain’t the legacy system, MS Office, Outlook cool enough???

All these questions kept haunting me till I actually started working with SAP. I started with QM module as an end user, who’s been instructed to carry out few transactions with limited access and who always got to look up to power users & core users, people in power with statements like ‘this belongs to system settings and you can’t do that’, ‘Come to me if you have a problem’, ‘Oh.. what did you do. This would crumble the system’ and blah blah…..

Finally, I got an implementation project for SAP upgrade. I was chosen as module lead.

My feelings then,

WoW!! I’m a core user now (the powerful one 😉 ). Now I do have all the authorizations, access everything. But wait.. I still do not know how to use them 🙁

No issues 🙂 , I got to play a bit around. I started with very basics. I had As-Is vs To-Be documentation, Integration sessions and Master data followed by testing, defect, re testing, defect, re re testing, defect…. n testing, defect…. Gosh!!

At this point, I used to think ‘Now I know all the TCodes, I can prepare master data, I can modify master data. I can decide what value would the system take for a characteristic. I do know QM 🙂 But this was the time for a twist.

My consultant used to tell me, why don’t you drop this requirement. I used to tell him, why don’t you simply accept that you don’t know how to map this. Then he came up with a new word: RICEWF 😕 . Oops, what’s that !!

My theory about the QM learning shattered into millions pieces. System, application, product was much easier than Reports, Interfaces, Conversions, Enhancements, Workflow, Forms

Anyway, I got to move further. Z development and then testing, defect, re testing, defect. Modifications done in program, testing & defect gone, but new defect came up, re testing & defect 😥 😥 😥

I somehow learnt to live with this RICEWF thing and my life was moving very happily (with endless loop of testing and defects) 😐

Time for a bang !! Even though it wasn’t a Kingkong thing but my dreams of becoming QM consultant started fading away. Security-Basis-Authorization….. another new thing for me. And the worst part again, endless loop of testing defect testing defect testing defect……..!!

Finally big day comes with all nervous moments. Go- live. In fact successful go- live 😀 .

Suddenly, I found all the statements (‘this belongs to system settings and you can’t do that’, ‘Come to me if you have a problem’, ‘Oh.. what did you do. This would crumble the system’ and blah blah….. ) surrounding me. Did I fell into the same shoes or earlier power men were correct, I still don’t know.

Never mind, I now know all the things. I know the business mapping, I know the integration part, I know the master data, I know the RICEWFs, I know the BASIS (at least SU53 😀 ), I can instruct people for different tasks. Have I become a SAP QM consultant now, I thought YES but.

T W I S T !!!!

As soon as I started as support team for SAP, I heard about Configuration settings, SPRO 😯 .

I did not know about this. Where did this come from? We are done with Go-live and where this config part was hiding whole year. Standard answer: This is consultant job. Now you are going to become a consultant so you must know about the configuration settings.

Ahh…. I started exploring it (and still exploring). Before this moment, I had not used QM beyond our business scenarios.

Exploring further, I landed up on SCN.. 😎

What do I find here?  I find several requirements needed to be mapped in different ways, even though they could be similar. I find how a feature can be used in different business cycle. I find the basic concepts which I had never even thought of. I find people struggling to accept the change management. I see people looking around for a solution, SAP just does not recommend. I have found lot of things, I have known lot of things…. So, Have I become a QM consultant?

I guess not. I believe SAP is an ocean & I have got only a drop yet. And this journey is long, very long… So much to learn, so much to explore.

Long journey, challenging journey yet interesting !!!

I’m sure you guys would definitely agree to what I have said.

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    1. Nitin Jinagal Post author

      I started my career as end user. It was almost 6 years back i.e in march 2008. Then I became a power user to maintain the master data and later on a core user and now functional. So this journey has been around for 6 years.. and still going on.. 🙂

      Kind regards,

      ntn

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  1. BAIJU KUMAR

    Nice to read your journey in sap from end user to consultant. Hope you have realized telling to consultant “you don’t know how to map the requirement” it does not sounds good…

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    1. Nitin Jinagal Post author

      I never said that actually. It’s a common statement I used to hear around. Plus I don’t think I’m a consultant yet. Got to learn so many things still 🙂

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  2. Anand Rao

    Hi Nitin Jinagal, I just read your wonderful journey! 🙂 I really appreciate your hunt for learning something new!! It is always good if someone starts from basics! I too started as core user. You mentioned it correctly SAP is an ocean. We have to learn and explore many more existing/upcoming SAP features. SCN is a fantastic platform for this. I have always learnt many new things from all of you here.

    I wish all the very best to you! 🙂

    Kind Regards,

    Anand

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    1. Nitin Jinagal Post author

      Thanks alot Anand for all the kind words 🙂

      Yes its about constant learning and we need to do that to survive, to grow, to stay in the race. SCN, along with people like you is definitely a great platform to do that.

      It’s really an honor to know persons like you, Craig, Amol, Shailendra, Arijit, Natalia and several others and I intensely follow your every content !!

      Kind Regards,

      Nitin

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