Here's a preview of our podcast due out on Wednesday. David Foote, president of Foote Partners LLC explains that employers are looking beyond certifications when hiring. But when the economy heads south, hiring managers use certifications to justify their hiring. Interesting balance.
Foote also discussed the state of the SAP and Oracle job market. Applications development skills, including ABAP are growing in value, he said. SAP's Enterprise Services Architecture approach is also boosting the need for skills related to service oriented architectures and Web services. But while Oracle skills pay well, they aren’t growing in value as fast as SAP skills, Foote said.
Meanwhile, AMR Research recently released some SAP market figures, showing that "SAP skills generally will continue to be in high demand: 2005 spending data showed that 71% of companies planned to increase their ERP spending this year, with a weighted average budget increase for ERP applications of 14.6%."
View the abridged version of my interview with David Foote, here. I'll post the entire interivew in our podcast when it is available on Wednesday.