As mentioned last week, it can be tough to cram as much information as we'd like to in a 15 minute podcast. So, we followed-up with author Scott Campbell recently and asked a couple questions that didn't quite make the cut in last week's interview:
SearchSAP.com: We talked about SAP jobs a bit in the podcast. If you were looking for an SAP job in this market, what is/are the most important things you would focus on?
Campbell: There are plenty areas outside of core NetWeaver which will be in high demand in the years to come. One place we are focusing our recruiting around is Architecture and BPM skills, especially knowledge around IDS Sheer's ARIS technology. Another place where skills will be needed is around xMII. As I mentioned on the podcast, ideally we look for people with good broad solutions experience as we can always provide additional training in any specific tool or technology. Another area emerging in 2007 is for people with the NetWeaver Composition Environment experience (next generation of WebDynpro and CAF, …etc.). And of course from the functional side, anyone who understands BPX concepts and can apply their business knowledge with the friendly modeling tools supplied by SAP. These people should be in high demand. I guarantee our recruiters are always interested in folks with any of these skills.
SearchSAP.com: You had a whole chapter in the book on the SAP ESA ecosystem. How is that playing out?
Campbell: The ecosystem has been very successful and is growing rapidly. From a standards perspective SAP is investing heavily on key SOA standards and implementing them into their products. A great example of this is their contributions and investments around SCA and SDO as well as Java EE 5 implementation. In addition, SAP is working with other platform vendors to define and deliver the broader standards needed to create next generation SOA Infrastructure and composite modeling environments. The number of ISV partners are exponentially increasing and moving beyond Powered By NetWeaver solutions to create more certified composite applications. Expect to see a lot more of the partners to move from engineering to real implementation and delivery of solutions in 2007. This is good for SAP, good for partners, and really good for their joint customers. Lastly, the results of the SAP Enterprise Services Community are yielding real fruit and this effort remains very important as a place where partners and customers can contribute to the future service enablement of SAP.
If readers find follow-up like this valuable, we could see it becoming a regular blog item. To let us know one way or the other, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.Jon Franke News Editor