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Oct 5 2006   1:43PM GMT

Are ABAPers doomed?


Old-school ABAP developers are pinched from two directions — outsourcing and the model-driven movement. Is there a future for ABAPers? Yes and no, says career guru Jon Reed in a recent entry in the SAP Jobs Info Center .

"It's true that SAP is hoping to reduce the amount and expense of custom development for its customers," Reed says. "However, I don't view XI as the key to this. I think the key is the modeling environments they are rolling out to allow functional folks to design programs at a higher level."

In other words, plain-vanilla ABAP programmers may have reason to fear Visual Composer. But before you start practicing the line "Want fries with that?" in front of the mirror, it should be noted there's a remedy at hand. Says Reed:

"The career prospects are not good for the 'average' ABAP programmer. But for the exceptional SAP programmer, the one who knows ABAP but also knows their way around all the NetWeaver development tools, I think there is still a good future."

Do you agree? Do you have a game plan for staying ahead of the competition? Read the full post and see what else Reed has to say about the issue.

Speaking of careers, both Shai Agassi and Peter Graf on the SAP executive team were banging the big drum for the four new SAP roles at TechEd in Las Vegas last month. If you were there or tuned into the webcasts, you may recall these were:

Sounds neat, but how does this translate into reality? What kind of skillsets are we talking about? What kind of certifications should you have? What background do you need to make a claim to any of these roles? Stay tuned as we pick Jon Reed's brain next week on how to best prepare for the new wave of SAP jobs!

Matt Danielsson

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