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Sep 6 2007   9:07PM GMT

The keys to SAP workflow success

JackDanahy Jack Danahy Profile: JackDanahy

We recently ran a news article called “ABAP development done right” that focused on how aspiring ABAP developers should take those first, crucial steps towards a fulfilling career. Well, there’s also a number of people looking to break in as a workflow consultant. Indeed, skilled workflow experts have excellent prospects and may be less in the crosshairs for being outsourced in the years ahead, making this an attractive career option.

We checked in with veteran workflow expert Alon Raskin for some quick tips using the same approach: What does a beginner need to know in order to get started on the right foot as a workflow consultant?

First off, you need to really master the SAP workflow engine. There are many different ways to implement the same thing in SAP, and each approach comes with distinct implications. An ‘under the hood’ understanding of the way the SAP workflow engine does things can be very valuable when deciding how to model a particular business process.

Secondly, a strong technical workflow consultant should also have a strong functional understanding. It may sound strange, but as a workflow consultant, you spend a lot of time modeling business processes so an understanding of those processes is key.

Finally, don’t sweat the certification programs. It’s simply not worth the money and effort. Real-world experience is what counts out there.

Bottom line: Hit the books, make a conscious effort to straddle the technical and functional sides, and above all — do whatever it takes to get your hands dirty as soon as possible.

Matt Danielsson

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  • Manoj
    Could you please mention any book that I can read to start off with WORKFLOW. Thank you
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  • Shivakumar K B
    Hi, I want to be a workflow consultant. How do I learn as you have suggested that training or certification is not worth. I hope to get reply from you soon
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  • Shivakumar K B
    Hi, I am working as SAP ABAP Consultant now. I am interested to be a workflow consultant as it makes me to really master the SAP workflow engine. I hope to get reply from you soon.
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  • Alon Raskin
    This is the workflow book I would recommend It still doesn't give you the 'under the hood' exposure that I was talking about but it is a good place to start. The best way to learn Workflow is to get real world experience. There is a good tutorial in the SAP Help ( which is a good place to start. Of course formal SAP training is also a good place to start. But there is no substitute for real world experience. Regards, Alon Raskin
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