Would anyone please let me know as to whom should I ask for SAP LOGO to be used on Resume as I just cleared my ABAP Certification also is there any way to get score card of the certification exam?
Would anyone please let me know as to whom should I ask for SAP LOGO to be used on Resume as I just cleared my ABAP Certification also is there any way to get score card of the certification exam?
The SAP Crowdsourced Certification initiative is aimed at involving the wider community of SAP experts, especially those outside the organization in the certification production process. By writing "items" (questions and multiple choice answers) that end up in our certifications, the SAP Global Certification team ensures we are able to tap into the knowledge base of our internal and external community of experts to continue ensuring skills validation. With your help, the SAP Crowdsourced Certification initiative will ensure that certifications remain relevant and continue to provide test takers with the right skills needed for the job.
As part of this initiative, SAP Global Certification has developed a rewards system to show our appreciation for your efforts, and to ensure you are recognized throughout the SAP community. Item writers are able to achieve bronze, silver and gold status depending on the number of items submitted.A prerequisite for submitting items is that the item writer should be certified in the particular certification. Once this prerequisite is fulfilled, an item writer can start submitting items.
SAP Global Certification usually accepts or rejects items based on the following criteria:
To attain bronze status, an item author must have 10 items accepted by SAP Global Certification. As a reward for attaining bronze status, you will be provided with a free certification voucher and featured on the SAP Certification space on SCN.
To attain silver status, 20 items must be accepted by SAP Global Certification's technical review panel. An item author is featured again on the SAP Certification space on SCN if they reach silver status. Other perks for attaining the silver status are invitations to enablement sessions and discounted access to our advanced training options.
To attain gold status, 50 items must be accepted by SAP Global Certification's technical review panel. An item author is again featured on the SAP Certification space on SCN if they reach this status. Other perks for attaining the gold status include invitations to the enablement sessions and discount access to our advanced training options. Gold Status membership also affords you the privilege of taking part in our item writing workshops, which are usually reserved for SAP’s internal expert community.
More information on our rewards program:
SAP's Global Certification team encourages you to submit certification questions for possible inclusion in future SAP certification exams. To help contributors become proficient at item writing (i.e. questions, as well as answers to questions), we are pleased to introduce our new “Rules for Success” series of short videos. This campaign breaks down the rules outlined in our item writing guidelines into manageable segments. So far, we have released three videos and more will follow over the coming weeks and months.
Using Standard English
Because certification questions must be understood by both native and non-native English speakers, it is important to write your questions in Standard English. This video explains some very important points to consider when writing items.
This video discussed how you can use the six function words to write certification questions. These function words are: what, when, where, which, why and how.
Content and Level
This rule ensures your items submitted tests a candidate's ability to perform a specific task and that also your questions are within the confines of a particular level. In order to get potential item writers up to speed on the item writing rules, GCT plans to release more videos in the upcoming weeks and months.
Be sure to follow the SAP Certification space and get email alerts about new content, as we will regularly post more Rules for Success videos!
Would you want an uncertified teacher in the classroom educating our youth? Although an uncertified teacher may be effective and knowledgeable, without a certification, that teacher may be perceived as being educated below traditional standards, or may actually lack some of the key knowledge that certified teachers have absorbed and can bring to the classroom.
Most educational institutes require different types of teaching certifications as a way to ensure that those hired are skilled and prepared to perform their best, and other industries are following suit and require similar certifications to ensure that their professionals are up-to-date on the latest and educated so they can be more productive. Requiring certifications also encourage customers perceive certified professionals as more knowledgeable and can put them at ease when evaluating credentials.
Obtaining an SAP Certification can serve as a differentiator and it shows when evaluating perception. From a study conducted by Prometric in February 2013, 76 percent of certified IT professionals stated that they were confident in their ability to implement IT systems on budget and on time, compared with the only 67 percent of noncertified IT professionals who felt the same way.
With the emphasis on training and certifications, more companies are seeing the value in the certification and understanding how it can make a positive impact, and the numbers easily demonstrates this shift in mindset. In 2011, there were 28,1000 professionals who were SAP-certified, but that number has skyrocketed to 350,000 SAP-certified people globally in 2013.
Certification can also provide tangible benefits to companies opting to have their IT professionals certified, which includes:
To learn more about certification, check out the Driving Value and Performance with Certification from SAP infographic, and/or call an SAP training representative or visit the training site online.
Our official Global Curriculum for Transactional Banking and Analytical Banking on Banking Services 8.0 is here!
For banks, major change is occurring in the way consumers and regulators view them. Challenges include levels of trust in the post–financial crisis world, customer demographic changes, and new technology uses. Banks face increasing pressure to move forward with their customers, while satisfying the regulators. To achieve the conflicting goals of more flexibility and more efficiency successfully, banks must change. What is required in this transformation is a combination of process simplification and operating model change, supported by an agile building-block approach to product design and servicing.
Let's take a look at the curriculum for Analytical Banking 8.0, which is required knowledge before attempting the certification exam C_FSABAN_80
The curriculum below for Transactional Banking 8.0 is required knowledge before attempting the certification exam C_FSTBAN_80
Visit us at http://training.sap.com to find the course scheduled at a training center near you. Or, contact your local SAP Education center for more information about setting up a customer-specific training event for your organization.
We look forward to having you join the FSI certified community!
*Knowledge of SAP Financial Accounting is highly beneficial to grasp the contents of the FS251 course. If you don't have that background knowledge, we recommend you consider completing the e-learning course TERP20 before you start FS251.
SAP Global Certification is excited to announce that Dr. Anees Ahmad is the first contributor to the SAP Crowdsourced Certification initiative to reach bronze status. Dr. Ahmad has successfully submitted 10 certification questions that can be used for future HANA certification exams. He is a HANA developer and trainer at HanaConsultants.ca in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Ahmad has more than 10 years of experience in database management and a PhD in Biometrical Genetics/Data Mining.
The Global Certification Team appreciates Dr. Ahmad’s valuable contribution to the certification program. SAP recognizes the value of including the very latest experience and knowledge in its exams and encourages anyone with a current SAP certification to start contributing to the SAP Crowdsourced Certification initiative.
Follow this link for directions on how to contribute to SAP certification exams:
Dr. Anees Ahmad
I always wanted to do SAP Certification but every time I thought next year would be fine and 8 years passed away quickly
But this time I thought it’s now or never.
As I was working in Middle East (Gulf), I enquired about SAP ABAP Certification and I found the procedure is very simple compared to India.
As of now in Middle East, SAP Certification is through Pearson Vue. For this we need to register in Pearson Vue.
One of my Friend registered in Pearson Vue with his existing S-user id and paid the amount directly online and booked the Exam Date.
I did not have S-user ID. Hence I paid Money as a bank deposit or bank transfer to the Bank specified by SAP MENA.
For Bank Details & SAP Application form contact SAP MENA ( Education.MENA@sap.com )
Then I have filled the SAP Application Form along with the Exam code.
We need to send passport copy & SAP Application Form (if we don't have S-ID it can be left blank) and Money Transfer Receipt (Telex Transfer) to SAP MENA ( Education.MENA@sap.com )
After few days SAP MENA would send the Voucher which contains S-User ID and Pearson Vue Voucher code.
Then we can register in Pearson Vue with the new S-User ID and need to provide the Pearson Vue Voucher code and Book the Exam.
Once the Exam is written in the Pearson Vue Test Center, Pearson Vue would provide a Certificate with the Percentage of Marks (This is not the Actual SAP Certificate).
Within 4 or 5 Weeks, you would receive SAP Certificate via Post.
If you don't receive it then you can contact Dubai office and they would print the Certificate and will hand over to our representative (we can send some courier person to pick up a courier).
After clearing the test, send an Email from SAP Market place to receive password for your S-user id.
And Finally I got my SAP Certification done
Here at SAP Education, we’re always talking about the importance of certification and the steps we are taking to increase the relevance and visibility of SAP certification. We feel that being certified is the best way to prove your credentials and a recent SAP User Group poll agreed with us, saying that over 80% of companies valued certification when recruiting consultants for their projects.
However, what SAP Education thinks about certification is only one side of the coin. We would really like to hear about your SAP certification success story. With over 400,000 people certified in SAP solutions we would like to hear how gaining your certification has helped you in your career path. Whether it is getting that first step on the ladder, moving up within your current organisation or getting that new dream job you’d always been after, we’d love to hear your story.
Share Your Certification Story with the World
SAP Education wants you to have the chance to tell other people about your success and also the success of SAP Certification We love video and we’d love for you to upload a short clip (30-60 seconds) to YouTube telling us Your Certification Success Story.
Be sure to tell us:
Your video doesn’t need to be professionally shot, using your smart phone or video mode on a camera should ensure good enough quality, or alternatively a webcam on your computer would do. You can shoot yourself at arms length or ask a friend to video you - it’s the content and your enthusiasm we’re looking forward to seeing!
Please add the link to your video to the comments field below so we can view your video. Even better, if you’re on Twitter, tweet your video using the hashtag #yourcertstory. If we like your story, we’ll re-tweet you to thousands of followers worldwide.
We will review all submitted videos, and will select the strongest videos and stories for use in an SAP Education video we are looking to create and we would also post our favourite videos on our official YouTube channel (*we would of course ask your permission before using your video as part of any official SAP video)
If you don’t want to upload a video, simply add your comments below the line telling us all about ‘Your Certification Success Story’. We look forward to hearing from you!
A SAP Mentor success story
The SAP Mentors work hard and many of us also work behind the scenes. This is not always visible to the community at large nor to SAP. With this success story and other upcoming success stories I hope to inspire both the community and SAP. We can show the added value that the SAP Mentor program brings to SAP and we get the chance to highlight the teams of SAP that embrace us.
In the end this is a win-win situation for everyone and by having these success stories I hope to inspire community members to aspire to become a SAP Mentor. Being a SAP Mentor is very valuable to me, it has changed my life already and it is an amazing experience. Only so few in the world get this opportunity and I'm living this dream vividly although I'm still awake.
One of my activities as a SAP Mentor is participating in SAP's global CEIC (Certification Engagement & Influence Council). The council originated out of recommendations from the Certification 5 which consisted out of five SAP Mentors. The council consists out of a good mixture of persons & perspectives. SAP, SAP Partners, SAP Customers, SAP Service Providers, SAP Mentors and SAP user groups are represented in the council.
From a global perspective, I'm covering EMEA and Tammy Powlas is covering the US. Other regions are also discussed but there is no specific SAP Mentor assignment for those regions. Martin Gillet and Jon Reed still chime in since they have a long history on the topic of SAP certification and have already influenced it in the past.
How did I get involved in this topic?
Early on in my career already I was interested in SAP education & certification. I went for my first SAP certificate within the first year of my career and passed the test. I do believe that at that point it did have significant value. As a junior, it helped me to get hired by a big energy company in Belgium. Over the years I also passed a number of other SAP certification exams.
After I became SCN Top Contributor in 2011, I ended up on stage at SAP TechED Madrid in November 2011 and as a reward, I received a voucher to take a SAP Certification exam at a Pearson Vue test center. The SAP Certification team provided me the voucher and I took it and passed the exam "Certified SAP Technology Professional - Solution Manager" in Q1 2012.
Soon after, in the spring of 2012 I became a SAP Mentor. At that stage, I had already been commenting on blog post(s) concerning SAP certification on SCN. I might have, no, I did comment on one of the blog posts with an example of a "real" exam question which was picked up by SAP and removed discretely as that's simply illegal. It was not really on purpose but I believed the question sucked (sorry for the wording) and I used it as an example which I shouldn't have done . As such, I received a kind mail (no sarcasm here) from Susan Martin that the question had been removed from the comments since it was an actual, existing exam question. At that moment the connection was forged.
So what I did was actually break a rule and then leverage that as an opportunity! It was not on purpose so what I am saying is that you never know when opportunity arrives. When it does, take it with both hands.
As I was grateful for the voucher that I received as a Top Contributor I replied to Susan Martin 's mail to say "thanks!" for the voucher and "sorry!" for the comment . At the same time I offered to provide feedback on the certification that I took. I might also have stated that I don't find SAP Certification as valuable as it should be. Is that a daring statement to make when you reply back to a mail from SAP's Director for Global Certification? Maybe it is but I could back that statement up by justifying why I felt that way. In other words I was capable of providing valuable feedback so that makes up for putting the statement out there. It is always easy to say why something is not good but it isn't as easy to say how it could be improved. When you want to provide feedback and influence SAP you have to be capable of doing both.
Joining the Certification Engagement & Influence Council
Soon after I became a SAP Mentor, I joined SAP's global CEIC (Certification Engagement & Influence Council). The CEIC has a lot of passionate members and that also results into heated discussions and very strong perspectives and opinions. The council pushes the boundaries of SAP on SAP Certification and SAP Education. By discussing the pain points that exist and looking at possible solutions, I believe the council does influence the future of SAP Certification & Education in a positive way.
It has been really interesting already to be involved in this council as I have been getting a lot of information on where SAP Certification and SAP Education are heading for the future and I also had the possibility to chime in and influence things.
Of course I have my own perspective on the topic. As a holder of, now, five SAP certificates I know what a certification exam looks like. As a CEIC member I started to pay more attention to the Certification space on SCN and reading through the sometimes heated discussions on SCN around certification. A must read was of course the certification 5 whitepaper. I talked to a lot of SAP Mentors about SAP certification which gave me a better idea on the different perspectives that exist.
Weekly conference calls
At one point I was having weekly conference calls with Susan Martin because of the many discussions on SCN around SAP certification. Sue would update me on actions that were being taken in order to address specific pain points and we would ping eachother when certain content was "must see" or "must read". We still do that to some extent but the communication has changed into mailing since after a while we didn't have that many points to discuss anymore meaning certain pain points were already addressed or at least discussed to a sufficient degree and we basically didn't have as much information to send across on such a short timeframe.
Going for SAP HANA certification
As an influencer it is always useful to see things from multiple perspectives and that also means you should not be afraid to explore things. The newly introduced SAP HANA certification was created with new elements so I was eager to give it a shot. In preparation for this certification, I followed the latest HANA training at SAP and I used a developer edition HANA on Amazon AWS to practice to the extent possible. I passed my exam and I gave feedback to SAP on both the training and the exam. Afterwards I posted a blog on SCN in order to help out community members who were preparing for the same certification.
My feedback to SAP included amongst other things that the description of the certification on SAP's certification shop site didn't contain enough information for candidates to know that the exam requires hands-on experience. SAP took my feedback and took action on it. This is why today, you can read that you need hands-on experience to prepare for your certification exam .
Seeing change happen because you influenced something is really rewarding. It is not always clear as a SAP Mentor or a CEIC Member what you influenced exactly but when you get praised (often enough) by Susan Martin for the work done, you know you have done well.
SAP Mentor mondays
A channel through which SAP Mentors update the SAP community at large are SAP Mentor monday webinars. SAP Mentor mondays can be attended by anyone, without the need to register even. Sessions are recorded so you can watch the replay later on if you were unable to attend.
CEIC meetings at SAP TechED
I arrived at SAP TechED Madrid 2012 the day before SAP TechED and on the planning were CEIC meetings throughout the day. A lot of topics passed the revue. Not only certification is on the agenda of the council as the E stands for Engagement which means Education is also part of the equation.
The meetings lasted through the whole afternoon and a lot of topics passed our review. SAP gave demo's on the latest offerings of SAP Education, results from previous SAP certification surveys were shown, ongoing projects & intiatives were presented and we discussed the topics on the agenda to help define the future of SAP certification.
One of the things I still remember was the fact that the certification survey results were shown but in my opinion, the set of questions didn't include all the question which should be asked. So at that moment I voiced for another survey with a different set of questions. Why? Because if you ask someone is certification valuable? A lot of persons answer "Yes". But it's like asking someone if global warming is an important issue to tackle? A lot of persons would also answer "Yes, it is important" but the question then is do they do anything with it? This resulted in a new set of survey question where those questions were also addressed.
I was late for my first SAP Mentor meet-up (being a fresh SAP Mentor) at SAP TechED because of the CEIC meetings that I had participated in. It was a rather heavy first day because of the amount of information that I had stored and the discussions I had been in. Each discussion requires a certain amount of energy as you try to put yourself in the perspective of others in order to understand their arguments. Once you have formed a view on those arguments, you either agree or disagree to a certain extent. At that moment you can chime in to influence things. This again requires you to think about your own perspective and why you agree or disagree and how you voice that in terms of either justifying an opinion to bring information across or argumenting in order to attempt to persuade the other person.
Expert networking session - SAP HANA certification
At SAP TechED Madrid 2012 I held two expert networking sessions to inform attendees about SAP HANA certification. Why? As a SAP Mentors and a member of the CEIC it made perfect sense to me to explain attendees on how they should prepare for SAP HANA certification. I knew that the certificate requires hands-on experience, I did the certification myself so I also knew what is important and I had written about it. So from my perspective I could bring over a lot of interesting information to the benefit of the attendees. That is what you want to achieve as a speaker, provide useful information to your audience and for me another goal was also to inspire them to step up and take action.
The fact that many hadn't read my blog post on SCN showed me that they are not really active on SCN which I would recommend any resource that starts in the SAP realm. As such I could highlight the fact that this blog post was already out there with a lot of useful information. By doing that I could also show that it can be beneficial to be active on SCN and follow community members and content spaces.
A lot of small actions can become a big movement and by shiming in where I can and doing many small actions, I really believe in the added value it brings that a SAP Mentor is involved in the future of any division of SAP. As a SAP Mentor you can bring another perspective to the table and that is an important key asset. Without that perspective, the respective team might not know about some of the pain points that exist and as a result, they might not take those into account to further improve what they are passionate about.
Interview from the other side of the world
Once you are identified as a key person on a specific topic, you get attraction from around the world. In the autumn of 2013 inside SAP magazine in Australia inquired me about SAP Certification and the value it can bring. I've always found going for a SAP certification to be an asset as it pushed you to extend your boundaries and the journey to learn something new is important.
The SAP certificates which leverage very new methods, such as SAP HANA certification definitely bring more added value. As time passes by the SAP Mentors keep influencing SAP Certification & Education in order to improve things further.
Getting a different perspective: the teacher perspective
I've also started to teach at SAP Belgium. My main focus is on technology so I've been teaching HANA Administration & Operations (HA200) and a number of SAP Solution Manager courses since that is currently my main field of activity. As a CEIC member I feel it is important to try and understand other perspectives. Ever since SAP introduced me to the topic "Empathy", I have a different view on things and I must say it has helped me a lot already.
Teaching makes sense when you look at all the things I have been doing in the past: blogging on SCN, doing internal workshops and knowledge sharing sessions, being a CEIC member, being a SAP Mentor, ...
My respect for teachers has grown as I've experienced their perspective now and I've seen how difficult it actually is. You have to take into account all the different persona's (students).
One student comes for pure theoritical knowledge, another student comes for doing hands-on excersises, yet another student comes because his boss said he had to come and he doesn't really want to be there nor is he interested in what is being said and yet another student comes for a global overview. As a SAP teacher it is then up to you to juggle the course so everyone ends up being happy. Not an easy task but then again I always love a challenge .
Having experienced this perspective, it helps me to also bring in the view of the teacher to the CEIC meetings and again influence SAP Certification & SAP Education in a different way.
Design Thinking workshops at SAP Walldorf
In July 2013 I was invited to join other CEIC members at SAP Walldorf for Design Thinking workshops around SAP Certification & Education.
Change is always right around the corner and as with any division within SAP, SAP Certification & Education also want to keep on improving what they have to offer. As such, design thinking workshops were organized. The goal was primarily to find a solution to make SAP certifications more valuable but inevitably, a secondary goal was also to think about SAP Education.
After an intensive two days, we were all happy with the results produced and we look forward to see what initiatives and solutions are born from those results.
Looking back and looking forward
The SAP Mentors have been influential on both SAP Certification & SAP Education. The existence of the council and multiple other results are there. Actual work is also being done in order to inform the community at large. Tammy Powlas has done significant amounts of work with the SAP user groups and she has organised countless webinars to inform the community about upcoming changes.
The SAP Certification & Education department has been supporting and collaborating with a lot of SAP Mentors for which we are grateful as well!
We have participated in the CEIC meetings, we have blogged about different aspects of the topic, SAP Mentors have influenced SAP Certification exams, SAP Educational offers and courses and some of us teach at SAP. In general there is wide spread engagement of SAP Mentors in these topic areas. More specifically, a few of us really focus on the area in order to bring across feedback from the community at large.
In the end, we want to see progress and change and there has been progress over the last few years so you can say the influence is there and it's a win-win situation for both parties. The influence might not always cause huge waves but all waves count. Every improvement made is a benefit for everyone.
As directed by the CEIC (Certification Enablement and Influence Council), SAP Certification has conducted a survey of its user groups to gather feedback regarding the importance of certification in general and specifically the importance of Credential Manager implementation. Approximately 300 individuals from SAP User Groups around the world responded to the survey that concluded June 2013.
More than 80% of respondents say it is important or very important to have their employees certified. And, 60% say certification is used as criteria when selecting consultants to implement SAP projects. Also, 75% of respondents indicate it is important or very important to be able to search a public registry of consultants.
When implementing SAP projects, 70% of respondents indicate it is important or very important that partner consultants are certified. This is the same response when asked if it was important to have SAP consultants who are certified to implement an SAP project.
However, only half of respondents are aware that SAP offers two levels of certification and are not aware that a Professional certification is available. Also, only 60% of respondents are aware that SAP certifications are designed as role-based assessments.
The majority of respondents are not aware of the delivery channels available to take SAP certification exams. It is important to at least 80% of respondents to have flexibility in location and availability of a testing center to take an exam.
Over 75% of respondents indicate that it is important to have the ability to confirm an applicant’s certification status. The ability to search a public registry of consultants for a specific solution area or location is also important.
Key learning points and action items as a result of this survey:
I have prepared one more Graphic Flow for SAP Certification in case of Fresh Graduates.
There are only 3 options for Fresh Graduates for getting certified in SAP Financials or SAP Controlling.
|Fresh Graduates - MBA/CA/ICWA/M.Com/B.Com|
|SAP Functional Module - Financials & Controlling|
|SAP University Alliance|
If your College or University is Registered as an Member in SAP University Alliance, then you have a chance for Higher Education - SAP - Associate Level.
Note: If this option is not working for you then you have to try for option 2
|SAP Education Partners - Authorized Centers|
If your College or University is not Registered in with SAP University Alliance, then you have this option for getting Training & Certification - Associate Level.
Note: If you are not willing to opt this Option 2 then you have another Option 3.
|SAP Companies Customers/Partners - Jobs|
|You need to join Entry Level - SAP Support/Implementation and work for about 2 years/ 3 Years. After gaining SAP Project Experience, You have the option of Appearing for SAP Professional Certification at the cost of your SAP Company.|
|Note: This option will work based on Fresher Role Requirement without Certification in SAP Companies. It will surely take long time.|
If Option 1 or Option 2 has worked out for you then you have a chance to get entry into SAP Project Roles "Entry Level" either in Partner or Customer. Gain SAP End to End Cycle Implementation/Support experience and appear for SAP Professional Certification directly.
Option 1 and Option 2 are the Foundation Stone for your SAP Career. This sounds for me as Fast Track.
Coming to Option 3, this will take more time when compared to Option 1 or 2. If you are willing to go for Option 3 then You need to put lot of efforts and home work to be done to attract SAP Companies. This option is also a Foundation Stone but it will surely take time.
So Decision is left up to you now. I have given 3 Choices for your First SAP Career.
I hope this will be useful for every beginner of SAP specially Graduates.
SAP Financials Certified Associate Consultant Fresher/Trainee
SAP Certified Candidate of SourceOne Management Services Pvt. Ltd
I have prepared this Path on my own. I have prepared this based on reality of SAP World (SAP University Alliance,SAP Education Partners, SAP Partners & SAP Customers).
This path is an Life Time Path for your SAP Consulting Career. Here is a One Clear Path for Recent Graduates in SAP Consulting Roles.
Note: This Path is Strictly Recommended for Recent Graduates whether Technical Graduate or Functional Graduate.
You can see How a Graduate Travels in SAP Consulting Career.
Take Training from SAP University Alliance (If your College is Registered in University Alliance)
Take SAP Training in One Best Local Center (If your College is not Registered in University Alliance)
Approach and Take Training from SAP Education Partner
Get Certified at Associate Level (Foundation Stone for Graduates in SAP Consulting Career)
Get Placed in SAP Partner's Project (through Education Partners) / SAP Customer's Project (Through University Alliance)
Work as "SAP Associate Consultant" / "SAP Consultant" / "SAP Professional" Title may vary but role and responsibilities will be similar.
After Gaining SAP Project Experience of 4 years SAP Functional Modules, 2 years of SAP ABAP Project Experience, You have Chance to Appear for SAP Professional Certification - Level 2, You can directly appear for Certification without Training (if you are perfect in SAP Projects), or You have to take Training & then appear for Exam.
Get Certified at Professional Level (Next Stepping Stone for Higher SAP Consulting Roles in SAP Companies.
Please understand the Basic Themes of SAP Roles and SAP Certifications. As per current situation prevailing in SAP Job Market, companies are focusing on SAP Technologies, some companies they look for SAP Skills along with Certification in Candidates profile.
Going to industry and coming to SAP IT Industry it is risky as per current situation. Focus on SAP IT Industry alone.
After completing your Training & Certification and once you get placed in SAP Companies you will come to know about this smooth career flow.
This flow does not result in Career Breaks or Career Shifts, Its an Life Time Career Path for Recent Graduates. Every thing happens for one time. One Investment and one time career in SAP IT Industry
I hope this information will be helpful for every Graduate across the world.
Have a Great Career in SAP Consulting Roles.
SAP Financials Associate Certified Consultant - Fresher/Trainee
SAP Certified Candidate of SourceOne Management Services Pvt. Ltd
I have prepared a Precautionary Tips for Fresh Graduates for SAP Career - Consulting. Fresh Graduates includes both Technical and Functional Graduates
(B.E's/B.Tech's, MCA's, M.Sc's, M.Tech's, B.COM's, BCA's, B.Sc's, MBA's, CA's, ICWA's).
If you have zeal and interest to excel in SAP then you need to follow only one SAP Domain no matter whether Developer (SAP ABAP) or Configuration (SAP Functional Modules).
SAP Industry requires SAP Domain experts especially for SAP Consultant Roles with SAP Partners. SAP Domain means SAP Project Experience.
After getting your first role you will surely come to know what I meant to say.
In the past years Programmers were there in SAP but now situation is totally different, it requires Enterprise Application Experts with full Authority.
Note: This information I got from Source One Management Services Pvt Ltd Bangalore.
Facts of SAP Jobs:
Since I have been watching SAP Companies for more than 2 years, I wanted to tell every Fresh Graduates about this fact to avoid un wanted breaks or shifts in career. I wanted to give an alert to every beginner.
*SAP didn't always stand for 'Systems, Applications & Products in data processing?
*Initiated in 1972, SAP initially stood for Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung i.e. 'System Analysis and Program Development'.
Source: Capgemini India
Don't go by normal domain experience there are chances of getting stuck in career which will surely result in break and gap in career.
You have to face problem.
If you go by domain experience other than SAP. And after 2 years you will be again `Fresher’ in SAP.
Instead of domain experience you can directly enter in SAP Consultant roles. For this you need to put lot of home work, assignments, and work hard.
I mean to say get trained in SAP at lower cost and get entry into Authorized Training if you are willing to do so. Or you have to join companies who give self support basis project which is again investment.
Getting End User Roles are also difficult now. It’s very hard to find End User Job now. If at all you get End User Roles, You have to trace out the companies which accept this experience. End User Experience must be in Full, single sub module experience is not accepted by companies. The chances of getting SAP Consultant roles with End User experiences are only 2%. As an End User if you have worked in SAP Project during implementation then it is a Plus point.
It’s not a story again. It’s a Fact of SAP. From 2000 - 2006 Normal Domain experience were considered by SAP Companies. From 2007-08 they started asking SAP Project Experience Support/Implementation. Now also companies expect SAP Project Experience. Focus on SAP with Authorization (Certification - Associate Level). SAP Associate Level Certification is a Foundation Stone for your SAP Consulting Career with SAP Companies.
You don't have to think of other experiences. Focus on SAP Skill set. I have been getting mails from some members of SCN - Freshers, they are getting confused on how to Start SAP Consulting Career. So I have to post this blog for every Fresh Graduate. As a Fresh Graduate I have stepped into SAP after finding out the loopholes and gaps. I just tried to map a path by myself and it came true for me after struggles. Now only 1/4th portion is left out for me to succeed here in Silicon Valley - Bangalore.
Think and Decide before stepping into SAP World
I hope this will be helpful for every Graduate across the world. I have more thoughts for Freshers, will share it soon.
SAP Financials Associate Certified Consultant - Fresher/Trainee
SAP Certified Candidate of SourceOne Management Services Pvt. Ltd
One of the most common questions that seems to be raised within the SAP community is “how can I get involved?” The people asking these questions are looking for advice as how they can start a career within SAP (not work directly FOR SAP but to work WITH a SAP Partner/ customer role). Personally I think it is great that there are people out there who aspire to work within the SAP environment.
Within SCN there are a number of good blogs and sources that provide guidance to “newbies”. One of the most popular is the blog written by Ravi Sankar Venna
- http://scn.sap.com/community/training-and-education/certification/blog/2013/07/03/how-to-transform-yourself from-fresher-to-staunch-sap-consultant This provides some good tips as to core focus points and areas that an individual can use to consume more information and improve core skills.
In a few weeks time the consultancy I work for will welcomea new bunch of graduates to the world of SAP and their professional careerswill start. They are entrusting their short term progression to the program werun as well as having the expectation of learning skills around businessengagement, SAP functionality and core consulting skills. They are excitingtimes where we need to match their enthusiasm and passion, and keep themgrounded to ensure they dont try to run before they can walk. Having workedwith the previous groups I have learnt that their expectations are different tothat of mine. This got me thinking about a great blog by Pete Wells – around generation“Y” and their expectations. http://www.bluefinsolutions.com/insights/guest_blog/thriving_with_generation_y_in_the_workplace_the_role_of_it/
One of the key messages of Pete’s blog is the “want it all -now” attitude that is prevalent within this group. I think there are some synergies here between those who are asking advice around a career with SAP and the “want it all – now” attitude of the current generation. There is a sense of entitlement – I am owed a career within SAP because of various reasons which in my opinion is misguided. As a youngster I like many millions of others wantedto play football for a professional club (soccer to my friends in the US). I was simply not good enough, however I still play football every week, and evenmanage a junior team. I never felt entitled to a career within football, it wasmore of an aspiration.
The message of a career within SAP seems to have attracted a great deal of attention. It seems there is a perception of status and skill as well as modest rewards for a good career. So the question is always “what do I have to do, to be a SAP consultant?” This is fine and a normal response and logic. However the individual needs to look closer and ask a more direct question – “what skills do I CURRENTLY possess that a future employer is looking for?”
It is important to recognise the difference between a skill and a qualification. Having a degree or a masters indicates a certain level of education – however it does not necessarily indicate that you have the relevant skills for the job you are applying for. There are some many different roles an individual could have to work “with” SAP it is hard to provide relevant skills as each role will be looking for different aspects. Some require strong technical skills in terms of programming, whilst others might focus on analytically skills or business process knowledge. Identifying where you have strengths in some of these common skills should help the individual identify what type of roles they would perform better at and be more suited to. It is worth pointing out an “interest” in Finance is not a skill in “Finance”.
One of the key skills that can be overlooked is that of “team work”. SAP solutions are most commonly implemented and managed via projects full of different SAP specialists. A successful implementation should never be attributed to the efforts of a single individual. Whilst they may have excelled it is almost always the team that brings the solution to life and ensures
success. Therefore from an employers’ point of view identifying “team playing” characteristics is essential when looking for a future employee. Further to this, for the employee it is important to be surrounded by others who you trust and believe to be excellent at their chosen SAP discipline. I have firsthand experience of working within excellent teams, full of excellent consultants, in general this leads to successful implementations and the ability to tackle complicated issues that could derail the project. I have learnt from the way others engage in terms of the style of communication, or simple technical and functional tips that others might share and I use some of these traits and knowledge in the way I work.
For the truly ambitious “generation Y” looking to break into the world of SAP they need to ensure they interview and grill future employers as to the quality of the teams which they will be working with. Being told that you cannot be promoted until certain standards have been met might seem like a way to block progression; however what is actually means is that the team you will work with are well skilled and will be more useful for your career progression. Following the crowd and moving into
popular areas of SAP might seem to be a sensible move, however if you dont have the suitable skills to excel in this area you wont be as attractive to employers compared to others that do. Spending time identifying the required skills your future employer is looking for will enable you to articulate the skills you have back to the employer which in turn will make their job easier and you more attractive.