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Jun 9 2008   10:26AM GMT

Spotlight on job skills: Customizing the SAP look

JackDanahy Jack Danahy Profile: JackDanahy

There’s an SAP skills shortage underway, and people want to know how to position themselves to take advantage. One approach is to look through lists of the SAP skills for which employers are paying more, or which are demonstrating faster rates of growth. Another approach is to prioritize your education and training. A third approach, the subject of this entry, is to think of building SAP skills not in terms of product categories but in high-value niches.

One niche that comes to mind is SAP GUI development. As those with any exposure to SAP know, certain product interfaces are difficult to navigate — for example, because of fields scattered across various screens, or screens that don’t capture the exact flow of a business process. These kinds of navigability and usability shortcomings might not doom an SAP project altogether, but they can result in user non-compliance and data inaccuracies.

This opens up an opportunity for SAP developers who can make SAP products more usable and friendly. When you think about it, this is a universal skill, because it can apply to products across the entire SAP portfolio. There are a couple of ways for developers (and consultants) to add SAP GUI enhancement to their skill set: develop SAP GUI scripting skills, or, in an easier gambit, learn to work with third-party tools such as those provided by Synactive.

Synactive is an interesting company, as it products are regularly used to make SAP more usable in dozens of enterprise-class deployments (like Nike and Shell). I’m surprised more people don’t know about this company, especially because it’s easy enough to learn to use its products and use them to package yourself as a SAP interface fixer-upper.

Demir Barlas, Site Editor

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