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Aug 5 2008   12:20PM GMT

Want an SAP job? Build your SAP intelligence

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The most popular SAP-related question we see is, “How do I get into SAP?” The promise of a rewarding career with the world’s largest enterprise applications company attracts a lot of interest from university graduates, IT professionals seeking to switch fields and consultants eager for recurring engagements.

There is no single answer to the question of how to get into SAP. However, if you want a long-term SAP job, one thing is for certain: you have to educate yourself about the various business and technical contexts in which SAP operates. The more you learn, the more you’ll learn which part of SAP appeals to you, or even whether SAP is right for you in the first place.

Thus, instead of being guided solely by reports of how much money you can make, build your SAP intelligence. It’s an investment that may not only get you into the SAP door but also keep paying off, as you will acquire the habit of staying up to date with SAP developments even after you get an SAP job.

An excellent resource to help you build your SAP intelligence is our back catalog of podcasts. Many of these podcasts contain valuable information, advice and direction for SAP job seekers. If you don’t have the time to listen to them immediately, download them and listen to them on a commute to work or on a plane. Podcasts offer detail and context that often can’t be provided in a short article, and will easily repay the time you put into listening to them.

Here are notable recent podcasts for SAP job seekers:

SAP and SOA: Want to know how SOA is changing the SAP careers field? Listen to SAP expert Rabi Jay explain how SOA is changing SAP’s product set and rewarding particular skills over others.

The SAP skills shortage: What it means for you. The good news for SAP job seekers is that SAP demand is higher than qualified supply. Some areas of SAP are more open than others. In this podcast, David Foote explains which SAP areas are paying the most and which areas are not as hot.

SAP explains its certification program: SAP offers three levels of certification. Learn what the levels are, why SAP thinks certification is important for hiring managers and why getting certified by SAP partners instead of by SAP may be pointless.

How can ABAP developers survive in a NetWeaver era?: ABAP is SAP’s proprietary development language, but recent moves towards SOA (particularly in NetWeaver) have offset the once-unchallengeable status of ABAP. Developers should listen to this podcast to learn how to polish their skills for the SAP jobs of tomorrow.

We hope these podcasts build your SAP intelligence! If there’s any topic you’d like to see covered in our upcoming podcasts, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Demir Barlas, Site Editor

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  • JackDanahy
    A terrific investment to make is to get access to an SAP server that is on the current release. It can be frustrating when your client or employer is on an older version of SAP or chooses not to implement the in-demand components. The only way to get experience in something without it being handed to you by the client is to go out, buy a book, and get on a server and play. A $200 - $400 per month price tag seems like a lot of money, but considering the increased pay rate and job security, I think it is a must for any serious consultant in 2009.
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