Expertise or Certification ? What Matters More ?
When it comes to the SAP World, whether an individual is an SAP Developer or a Client or a Partner, the most controversial question that comes to everyone’s mind is,
What matters more : An SAP Certification in a module? Or actual expertise/experience?
The answer to this question is really difficult to conclude. But there are always these 3 possibilities:
1. An SAP Certified individual is always “Hot” in the market as they say. The reason, being, that the person has spent innumerable amount of time and efforts (and of course, a lot of money) into studying each and every aspect of that particular module. It is assumed that a Certified Person is a walking/talking encyclopedia for that module.
It is a given that he/she knows everything about that module, in and out.
But the question arises here is that, will the person have that presence of mind and the ability to solve huge problems a customer is facing while using an SAP Product?
Quite a dicey situation. Beacuse there is a huge difference in knowing what to do and knowing how to do it.
Then comes the second possibility:
2. Walks in a person, claiming to be an expert, who has put in years of efforts and hard work to acquire the knowledge gained by a certified person in just a few months. Now, it may seem that this person has an equal amount of knowledge as a certified person (let’s say).
But the only difference, and a huge one in this case, is that this person has learnt all of it the hard way. This person knows the actual ins and outs of the issues he/she has faced during his tenure of hard work. This is hard-earned knowledge which can never be left unnoticed. But will this person be able to face the customers? Will he have that presence of mind of what to do when actually the problem occurs? Quite difficult. Not everyone can do that.
Now, what if the above these 2 points are combined? That is where the 3rd possibility comes in:
3. What if a person has considerable amount of expertise/experience, and is also SAP Certified? Deadly Combination, isn’t it?
This means that the person has the expertise, as well as the knowledge. This person will know what is to be done, when it is to be done and how is it to be done.
The best combination, a complete package any recruiter would love to have? May be.
But is it a protocol that such people will always have the upper hand/advantage over others?
Does this mean that after completing a certain time in SAP, you have to go for SAP certification?
These are the questions that may never be answered perfectly by anyone.
Please excuse me if I have mentioned anything which is misleading. These are only my personal thoughts afterall. But I would love to know what you guys think about this?
Please share your thoughts.