I can’t answer your SAP-specific question but I can say that setting specific (and tangible) goals for your career move is absolutely essential if you want to make it work. Here’s a recent TechTarget article I wrote that can help in this regard:
Here’s another one that may be of some value as well:
Hope this helps and best of luck!!
I agree with the previous responders statements. From a SAP specific perspective, java coding is not as important as it used to be. It does have value from a Root Cause Analysis perspective. Project Management is a very relevant skill set. Knowledge of business processes around SRM and MM is also valuable. A free resource to conduct additional research is Sap Corporation. Look at sdn.sap.com and bpx.sap.com. You will find a wealth of content and information on SAP functionality and how it is used. The best way to learn is by doing and this will help you discover what knowledge has the highest value by reading the questions and comments posted by practitioners.
Agreed, but the way in the UK is through training and certification, there are a number of books and online courses which you can do which will give you the understanding and then use the certification and the PM experience to start applying for roles. I am assuming SRM is CRM and don’t know of MM as a SAP module, but with good experience in development and PM there is a market for managing the ABAP/4 development part of a SAP implementation, this may be the door to get your foot in by and then grow from there.
Another option is to leverage your current Project Management and Java skills by breaking into SAP via SAP’s BPM arena – lots of opportunities in this area as the new focal point within SAP is to drive SOA.
Check out http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/nw-bpm and see if it is of interest.