A number of job recruiters and SAP consultancies say they are having trouble finding their clients the right experts to manage SAP projects.
Activity is picking up with some SAP customers choosing to upgrade to take full use of NetWeaver and mySAP ERP 2005. Other SAP firms are adding a variety of SAP applications, fueling a need for SAP pros with customer relationship management knowledge, master data management expertise and SAP Exchange Infrastructure (SAP XI) skills.
The result could be costly project delays for some companies, according to AMR Research.
Some firms thought they could rely on India to fill in the gap of qualified experts, but a job recruiter and SAP consultant told me the number of qualified personnel in India is also limited. Another job recruiter said that SAP projects seem to come in waves throughout the year, making tracking down the right qualified applicants for positions all the more difficult.
I’ll update this post with a link to a news story on this issue at SearchSAP.com.
I’m interested in hearing your experiences here. Has the SAP job market for consultants made a full turnaround? What areas are hot? And why do SAP pros appear to be falling behind the latest SAP technologies?
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