SAP Training & Courses – What Can it Do For Your Career?

So you are growing weary of working for others, reporting to bosses with lower IQ than yours and want to take control of your career. You consider becoming a consultant but the stakes seem too high. Would you be able to generate a steady flow of work for yourself?

Or probably you were a guy in procurements department and really don’t have much ‘skill’ as required by a consultant. So despite you crave for more you don’t seem to have much value that you can add as an independent consultant.

Perhaps you are the techie who is tired of churning out run-of-the-mill software and websites. You want to see your work adding value to a company’s mission critical operations.

If you are seriously thinking about giving your career a new definition, then think closely about training for SAP. Now what the heck is SAP? Well never mind if you haven’t heard about it yet. SAP stands for (translated in English) Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing. Its an ERP (Enterprise resource planning) software, in fact a market leader and the most comprehensive in its breed. An ERP system tends to integrate all business processes and applications being run in an organization. SAP is the third largest software company of the world (which originated in Germany). Over12000 companies are using SAP. It has around 80,000 installations and over 12,000,000 people are using it.

Now the question comes, what value does SAP add to your profile? When we talk about SAP training it can be seen from various angles. As we discussed in the beginning you want to become an independent consultant and be the master of your own career and direction. You can also master the technical areas and platforms of SAP and be a more satisfied technical solution provider. Even if you choose to stay at your current job you can take up SAP courses and act as a project manager for your company who wants to implement SAP. Or you may want to become part of a consulting firm that facilitates other companies in SAP implementations. SAP consultants are never short of work, get to travel a lot and charge from 1000$ a day (or more).

Lets take a look at depth and breadth of SAP so that you can analyze where you stand and what should be your course of action. SAP courses can be visualized from three basic aspects viz.

Core Business Processes
SAP Vertical Components
SAP Technical Courses

By training for SAP Business Processes you will come across SAP modules like,

FICO (Financial Accounting and Controlling)
PCA (Profit Center Accounting)
SD (Sales and Distribution)
SD COM (Customer Order Management)
HR (Human Resources)
MM (Material Management)
PM (Plant Maintenance)

SAP Verticals include

SAP APO (Advanced Planning Optimizer)
SAP BW (Business Intelligence)
SAP CRM (Customer Relation Management)
SAP SRM (Supplier Relation Management)

Lastly SAP Technical courses will expose you to technical platforms like

SAP Netweaver Xi
SAP Enterprise Portals
SAP ABAP (Advanced Business Application Programming)
SAP BASIS (Business Application Software Integrated Solution)

Additionally you can also add flavors of SAP according to various industry verticals including financial sector, manufacturing and services, to name the broader categories.

Now that we have enough jargon and terminology about SAP at our hands lets try to figure out what is best for you. There can’t be a silver bullet formula for everyone to pick and choose his or her modules. Your starting point pretty much depends on your own particular circumstances and goals.

Even if you have been a guy in procurements you can add value to your skill set by learning SAP modules of Material Management (MM). You have the knowledge and skill of your particular business area. With SAP training you will learn some of the best practices of Material Management plus the software side of that area. Don’t worry you won’t be required to be a programmer, you just need to have a general idea of IT solutions and applications.

Apart from selecting modules you may also have to spend time on selecting an appropriate training institute. SAP itself provides facility for that as well as there is a large number of training/consulting firms that impart trainings for SAP. You need to look for methodology, depth of training and emphasis on your particular areas of interest. Besides above, cost can also be an important deciding factor.

If you make a right choice of modules and set your course correctly SAP trainings can add value for you whether you are a consultant, techie or a manager in an organization.