Friday, November 2, 2012

What are the Intangible Benefits of ERP?

By Phil Marshall (

Any company which has remodeled their headquarters, invested in employee education, or contributed time or money to local charities understands fully the concept of intangible benefits. The implicit notion with an intangible benefit is that, given time and patience, it will eventually turn into a tangible benefit. A prospect suitably impressed with headquarters might choose to become a customer; a well trained employee should become a more productive employee; a good relationship with the community provides a better pool of job applicants. So how does this apply to ERP?
One of the greatest intangible benefits from ERP is a stair step increase in the amount, accuracy, and timeliness of information. This does not apply to the standard information that came out of legacy, like daily revenue reports, or the monthly income statement, but new things that were always wished for but technically impossible. When business units begin to learn how to ask ERP-intelligent business questions (“What is each work center’s contribution to our total margin?”), then rapid learning occurs, better business decisions are made, and benefits do, in fact, become tangible.

Benefits of Standardization

Another intangible benefit from a successful ERP implementation is standardization. Standardization brings the company culture together, it makes upgrades and changes more efficient, and it ensures a global consistency in process and service. Standardization is not always an easy sell as a benefit, for the paradoxical reason that everyone believes that they possess the better process/system. So to your audience, “standardization” can be synonymous with “mediocrity”. The gain is that everyone can leverage enhancements made after day one, and improve together.
Still another intangible of ERP is making explicit the interdependency that jobs in an organization have. When information is generated and remains within functional silos, it is very easy for a job function to evolve into a role that could not be defined as a “team player”. If you hear someone described as (or describe themselves as) a “traffic cop”, an “enforcer”, “a fixer”, or the like, you should feel uneasy. ERP demonstrates forcefully is that everything interrelates, and the only way to become highly effective at operating ERP is to become highly effective as a team.
A final benefit is a general improvement in total financial controls, as indicated by outside financial audits. Read more

Friday, October 12, 2012

How Can I Start a Career as an SAP Consultant?

By Jon Reed

When you begin to think about your SAP career, you can start by deciding whether you want to be an SAP functional consultant or an SAP technical consultant. Of course, there can be some crossover between these two, and ideally, you will have a mix of both, but careers in SAP are about focus. Your focus is dictated by two things: the overall background of your experience, and where you want to be headed from here.

Those SAP professionals with a functional background in areas such as finance, supply chain management, or customer relationship management, will likely focus on the functional side of SAP in their consulting careers. On the technical side, there is a distinction to be made between two main career paths: SAP developer and SAP Netweaver Engineer, or what has historically been called the "SAP Basis consultant." Basis incorporates hands-on SAP systems administration functions.

Often, some DBA know-how is included in the Basis skill set, though on larger SAP installations, the SAP DBA is frequently a separate role. The same goes for SAP Security. While there is such a thing as an SAP Security consultant, security is often a skill set under the SAP Basis umbrella.
Business Intelligence (BI) is starting to impact all SAP roles and all SAP professionals should consider developing proficiency in this area.

With those distinctions in mind, how do you become an SAP consultant in today's marketplace? It's helpful to think of SAP consulting as a combination of two important skill sets: SAP implementation experience and enterprise consulting experience. It's not always easy to acquire both these skills at the same time. In the 1990s, you could sometimes get trained as a consultant while getting your first SAP exposure at the same time, and all you needed was a certification. That's not the case anymore.
To become an SAP consultant in today's market, you almost always need to have SAP implementation experience under your belt already. That means you've done a 2-4 year stint working in a hands-on capacity on a full-blown SAP project. Typically, this experience is acquired while being a full-time employee. On the functional side, product configuration skills are still important, as well as full life cycle experience throughout an implementation. On the Basis side, product installation and systems optimization is the key, and on the developer side, experience customizing SAP reports, making UI enhancements, and developing third party interfaces are examples of bread-and-butter skills. This type of experience, accumulated over years, forms the core of the SAP skill set.  Read more at erptips

Monday, October 8, 2012

Why is SAP bullish about 2012?

Earlier today, SAP firmed up on its pre-announced results for 2011, producing a comparatively bullish forecast for 2012. This should not surprise. SAP did a lot of the right things it needed to in 2011. In turn, that allows it to make bold statements at a time when economic forecasts are far from rosy.
What follows represents my interpretation of a conversation I had today with Jim Snabe, co-CEO SAP, a brief discussion with Hasso Plattner, co-founder and VIshal Sikka, executive board member plus assorted snippets of conversation with senior SAP policy makers over the last couple of days.
  1. 176,000 customers on business applications means SAP does not have to move the sales needle that much in order for an uptick to show in top line revenue.
  2. HANA, which is a big ticket software and services item is moving from hype to reality much more quickly than many of us thought. The introduction of modest (by SAP standards) solutions like COPA accelerator (financial reporting) on HANA will speed up (sic) sales to customers for whom HANA has been out of reach. The new revenue guidance suggests SAP is accelerating conversion, moving rapidly from 1:4/5 to more like 1:3.
  3. Despite continuing grumbles around the cost of maintenance, SAP has done a solid execution job in persuading customers that 22% is a price worth paying through incremental but perceived valuable add ons. That becomes less defensible absent fresh solutions past 2012-13. Even so, when you work the numbers, it becomes apparent SAP's maintenance stream represents a very long tail: like 10-11 years. It's a heck of a soft, fluffy cushion when seen as a 90-95% margin line item.
  4. Its ponderous foot slog towards mobile has turned out to be fortuitous. With Apple recording insanely good numbers, SAP's reach should mean it benefits hugely via the halo effect. I have never seen so many Apple devices being toted in enterprise. There are lots of question marks around execution and SAPs ability to get partners onboarded but SAP is not having too many problems developing a healthy pipeline. It will need to push hard in this area with developersduring 2012 to make that pipeline as fat as possible.
  5. The real shock is that some SIs are reporting heavy demand for new SAP implementations. That is as in major upgrades coming in at eye watering numbers - think $100 million. This is a short lived benefit for SAP because regardless of what the overall top line looks like, the core Business Suite trendline over time is down, not up. Not a problem in 2012 and 2013 but beyond?
  6. SAP is cautious about the impact of the SuccessFactors acquisition which is currently delayed for unspecified reasons but not connected to regulatory concerns. Flat in 2012 based upon SFSF 2011 numbers? That depends on when the deal is finally closed. We had expected the deal to close by now but the best they can say is 'Q1.' That has to blow SAP's cloud plans off course a wee bit but they have factored in for that very heavily. Downside yes, but tempered by conservative planning and forecasting.
  7. SAP has done a good job rebuilding goodwill with customers and, to a certain extent, developers although that last constituent could do with a good bit of love if SAP is to capitalise on its mobility and HANA potential.
What's not to like?
SAP's concentration on aggregated top line growth masks fundamental problems with keeping sales of the core apps moving along. Everyone knows that outside of the odd opportunistic deal or possible Oracle refugee, those deals are done. However, SAP also knows that if it is to have a credible future it needs to radically rethink business applications. That inevitably means cloud but how does it transition without giving the Street one heck of a fright? Here are two scenarios:
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Useful links - SAP Program, Training & Perspective - a SAP-Specific Portal for IT professionals focused on SAP. Site features include, Fast and focused search capabilities Links to relevant content, editorial insight and summaries, Daily industry news and weekly technology tips delivered via email.
Sams Teach Yourself ABAP/4 in 21 Days - free book
Antarcon - Free SAP & ABAP community

SAP Training - online training and learning material available
SAP University Alliance Links Introductory Course Lessons and Other Course Support

Downloading paper SAP documents

University of Texas Course - The University of Texas has one of the premier SAP courses, and has some of its course information on the web, including student projects.
SAP R/3 Redbooks - Here are several free books from IBM on SAP R/3
SAP Frequently Asked Questions
Frequentaly Asked Questions about SAP Business Workflow
SAP Resource Center

SAP Fans  SAP Fans site

SAP Repository page from
SAP Tips and Tricks
ITToolbox Portal for SAP
2 Free SAP Newsletters
More How-To SAP Books
Computer World Aritcle, "Cashing in on SAP skills isn't so easy"
SAP Professional Organization, has forum archives and links
SAP Help Portal, a great site for all SAP Documentation online for free

SAP Home Page  - Official home page of SAP
SAP Education - these courses cost money

ABAP Central  Information, help, source code, tutorials

 ABAP Reference  Online ABAP programming language reference

 Allen Davis & Associates  SAP Career Center - Tips & comments on SAP trends

 Bill's page  Bill Bradford's page (resources & consultants contact)

 Cambridge Publications  MIT - SAP Mailing list archives (search engine)

 CT-Softwareberatungs GmbH  Tools and Training in the field of standard
software R/3 & ABAP programming (tips & tricks, sample reports)

 Finnish User Group  SAP Finnish User Group

 Group of MM Consultants  Sap's MM module information and links

 Imre & Kinga Kabai's homepage  Helpful ABAP programs for system

 LOGOS Consulting  Experts in interface development using IDocs, ALE, RFC
and Desktop Integration

 PrimeStaff  IT & SAP Recruiting Specialists (resources & opportunities)

 RealTime-USA  SAP newsgroup archive and other services

 SAP Labs, Inc.  Sap's research and development teams

 Sap R/3 consultants network  SAP R/3 and ABAP4 Knowledge Server

 SAP Resource Centre  SAP related information, products, links.

 Sapiens  Melanie Kovarik SAP page (links and other references)

 Sapient es, Inc.  Specializing in the placement of ABAP/4 programmers

 SAPProJournal  Electronic version of SAP Professional Journal

 CIO.COM / ERP  ERP/Supply Chain Research Center

 SAP Info  Indian SAP Info site (Ramesh Kumar)

 Kabai's homepage  Imre & Kinga Kabai's homepage

 Siemens AG  SAP R/3 live & run (Siemens solutions)

 Siam-ease  Simmonds and Associates Product for SAP R/3

 SAP Club  SAP Club site

 SAP Resources  The specialist SAP recruiter service

 SAP Assist  IT Toolbox Portal for SAP

 HelpS@P  The Knowledge Resource for SAP Professionals

 Foro ABAP  Foro de discusiĆ³n sobre ABAP/4 en espaƱol

 SAPiT Consulting  Consulting firm specialized in SAP R/3

 SAR Consultants  Project implementation and specialist service

 Zoption  Third-party software for SAP R/3

 Phase Two Consulting  Consulting firm specialized in SAP R/3  Online information service for ABAP programmers

 ABAP Efficient  Efficiencie Guidelines

 German Intro  An Introduction to German for ABAP/4 Programmer  Alan Popes Website

 Wong  Matt Wong's SAP Basis Site

 ASUG  American SAP User's Group

Saturday, October 6, 2012

How to Become a SAP System Analyst


  1. Train to Become a SAP Analyst

    • 1
      Begin the appropriate education to become a SAP system analyst. A bachelor's degree in computer systems, industrial engineering or business management is desired by the companies who hire SAP specialists. In addition to majoring in computer science, you should choose a variety of elective courses, such as finance and database maintenance, to give you a well-rounded education.
    • 2
      Brush up on SAP computer software. It's utilized in different industries for system applications and data processing methods. By exploring the areas of this program you like best, you can better focus your job search after college.
    • 3
      Manage your choices wisely during college to prepare for a career as a SAP analyst. In addition to taking classes like SAP XI and NetWeaver, learn about business administration and sales and marketing. While working in the corporate structure, an analyst tends to overlap with many different departments.

      SAP (Systems Applications and Products) is a business-based software that runs on a platform called NetWeaver. SAP functions with business applications and data systems used by many kinds of companies worldwide and employ thousands of system analysts. (picture & text courtesy:

    Find Employment as a SAP System Analyst

    • 4
      Apply for a position as a SAP system analyst. A larger organization can offer you the most opportunities for growth and job diversity. Some companies design and configure SAP modules in-house or hire consultants or information systems agencies to take on the analyst role.
    • 5
      Get a professional certification to add to your credentials. In addition to your bachelor's degree, obtain a master-certification in SAP systems to give you an added boost in getting a job. You can apply for certification at the official SAP website (see Resources below).
    • 6
      Continue your education. For further advancement in this field, a postgraduate degree can serve you well. Additionally, you need to possess either a master's degree or 10 years of solid experience in information technology in order to attain certain positions in this field.

Source: How to Become a SAP System Analyst |

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

SAP Career: What You Should Consider

Dear SAPiens and aspirant SAPiens. 

Are you seriously considering SAP as your ERP career? Then, you must be serious and curious to know much more about SAP, its different modules, experiences and its effect on salary structures. There is a beautiful quote by Napoleon Bonaparte "Ability is of little account without opportunity", but the world is always open to skilled personnel and human capital is the most important resource to a firm, society and to the world as well. 

The question is answered if you are still thinking why SAP and why not other ERP software? Study shows a consistent figure of job creation by the ERP softwares. While SAP creates 5010 number of jobs in the last 30 days worldwide, the perfomance of  other ERP leading softwares such as Oracle, Axapta, Navision are negligible. 

Graph courtesy JobGraphs

Considering the SAP modules, FICO is always on top attracting talents in to the job market. Besides, industry needs more CRM, A & D, ABAP, ABAP and BW/BI. Though it is not rightly predictable about the market trends, but continuous research shows a stable market behavior.

Graph courtesy JobGraphs

Money certainly plays an important role in our life driving our desires to a new height. So, salary/ Cost to the company (CTC) is always matter to an employee and to the firm/company as well. Observing the graph, it is pretty clear that UK is on the top followed by Australia and the United States.

                                                          Graph courtesy JobGraphs

SAP is always in demand compare to other ERP softwares in the market. Considering the geographical demand of SAP software, US tops the list, followed by Australia in the 2nd list and Germany in the 3rd list.

                                                         Graph courtesy JobGraphs

In job creation, France has created 121 number of jobs in the last 30 days, whereas Italy was able to created 89 and Spain 35 number of jobs in 2011.

                                                              Graph courtesy JobGraphs

SAP role/position plays a central role in the market. Studying the below figure, it shows SAP senior consultant (20%) plays a major role followed by SAP lead (13%) SAP developer (11%) and SAP analyst (9%) respectively. Both SAP technical consultant (1%) and SAP trainer (1%) play least roles.

                                                          Graph courtesy JobGraphs

Experience always counts, whether it is job market or education sector. The below figure shows SAP professional with 5+ years of experiences can play a significant role.

Graph courtesy JobGraphs

I hope this above study will give your much information to follow your dream! Wish you all a great success ahead. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Is SAP Certification Worth the Money?

By John Reed

This is a very hard question to answer, in part because money is relative. If you have plenty of cash stashed away, then you can never go wrong with an investment in SAP certification. But, few of us fit into that category. That means we need a clearer understanding of how SAP certification fits into our career strategy. SAP certification is full of controversy because of the contrast between the importance of certification versus hands-on SAP skills. In this blog entry, I’ll summarize some of my views on SAP certification and hopefully we can get some comments going on this topic also.

The SAP certification debate took on some new life not long ago in a blog post that Site Editor Demir Barlas posted that soon became alengthy discussion thread. I recommend you check out that thread to get a well-rounded view of the issue. In that particular case, the certification question was focused on the value of certification for so-called "freshers," or folks who are new to the SAP market. But of course SAP certification concerns all SAP professionals, whether you are new to the field or looking for an added edge in the market.
Certification was also a hot topic at Sapphire again this year, in part because of the desire on the part of the SAP community to understand SAP’s new three-tiered certification strategy. Some people like to frame the SAP certification issue in terms of whether SAP certification is a rip-off, and I have done that before myself. But I think the best way to look at SAP certification is to ask if it’s overrated or not. And the answer to that question is, "it depends." In terms of a "quick fix" to immediately break into SAP or change your SAP career fortunes, I think SAP certification is overrated. But in terms of a savvy way to enhance your marketability in a long-term sense, I think SAP certification may even be underrated.
Let me review a few of the key points I have said about SAP certification over the years.
Here are some highlights from the first comment I made to Demir’s entry about certification on
"I read this certification article and comments with great interest. I have served as the resident SAP career expert on since 2002, and I’ve been answering questions about the marketability of SAP certification since 1995.I continue to field continual questions on the value of training and certification both on and on my own web site,
Obviously from this blog, this topic remains a heated point of debate, as it should be. SAP training and certification is a significant investment for an individual SAP professional, and to this day, I feel that too many people dive headlong into that investment without weighing their options carefully. (Of course, some people are fortunate enough to get their training and/or certification paid for by their employers, in which case, it is more of a no-brainer to go ahead and do it).
There is obviously no one right answer to the question of the value of SAP certification. You can find examples of those who have had success with SAP certification and at the same time, you can find plenty of examples of those who invested in SAP certification and ultimately could not land an SAP job based on that certification. I’ve heard from those folks and they are not a happy group.
It’s helpful to understand how SAP certification fits into the supply and demand of the marketplace. Back in the 1990s, it was possible to land an SAP job with "certification only" because there weren’t enough experienced consultants, and "Big Six firms" on large project sites were able to field teams with plenty of junior-level consultants who did not have any hands-on SAP experience other than their classroom certifications.
The power of certification in the SAP market has changed largely because most of these "entry level" consulting positions on client sites are gone forever. Most SAP customers are sophisticated enough to expect more seasoned SAP pros with actual SAP project experience. And there are fewer "big bang" type implementations where companies just open the floodgates and hire hundreds of consultants regardless of experience level. As a result, even though the SAP consulting market is very healthy, the power of SAP certification to land that all-important first project has diminished over the years, and I don’t expect that power to return.
Before we go further with my comments, it’s helpful to understand that SAP has also been adding to its certification levels. The classic level of SAP certification is now called the "Associate" level. SAP is now rolling out the "Professional" level certification in many areas. This is a more rigorous certification program and as such, may eventually carry more weight in the marketplace, we will have to see. There is a third level of certification on the way also, called the "Master" level. It is rumored that this level will likely involve some measurement of project experience. If this comes to pass, I would not be surprised if this higher level of certification carries much more weight.
Certification is interesting from the vantage point of hype. Sometimes I have found that SAP hypes its own certification, but often, I find that it’s the job seekers themselves who latch onto certification and hype it for themselves. Demir is absolutely right in his post: many aspiring SAP professionals view certification as the easy (if expensive) way to open a door into the SAP field that is not always easy to open.
It’s hard to argue that SAP certification is an absolute waste of money and time. It all depends on how much money and time you have. But when we consider the value of certification, I think the biggest determining factor is: how many SAP jobs require certification? The answer is: only a small percentage. Project references are so much more important, as others commenting on this blog entry have noted. And even those jobs that require SAP certification also tend to require a number of years in the SAP field as well.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

5 Reasons Why SAP Is The Best ERP System

In today's challenging business environment, best-run companies have clarity across all aspects of their business, which allows them to act quickly with increased insight, efficiency, and flexibility. This is particularly true if your business includes SAP.

SAP is the world's largest business software company and the third-largest independent software provider in terms of revenues. Even though the competition is fierce with a lot of new entrants in the marketplace from large and small vendors over this time, SAP is still a leader in enterprise software. Here are some reasons which explain why SAP continues to be the market leader in the enterprise space:

1. The first reason is simply the fact that SAP solutions are scalable and can be customized according to the evolving business requirements of an enterprise. It can be easily integrated with future applications giving users a significant competitive advantage in the market. SAP solutions have become integral to the foundation of international businesses, as almost half of the world's Fortune1000 companies have implemented ERP solutions from SAP.

2. SAP has been mainly focusing on enterprise applications for the last 30 years, the area where they hold the market leader spot today across the globe. While the other large ERP software vendors, tend to have multiple business focuses - like, databases as an example.

3. SAP continues to focus its ERP applications on maximizing resources, reducing costs and optimizing performance that is customized for businesses and industries. SAP provides a comprehensive range of business software and enterprise applications - designed for global operations and supported with globalization services - to empower every aspect of your business.

4. SAP architecture is extremely strong with a process-centric focus and a foundation that operates in real time communication with enterprise wide business processes that is highly flexible.

5. Lastly, with the experience of the last 30 years SAP has afforded their enterprise applications to be extremely industry and business specific. They have already built and refined these industry specific solutions with real customers and real implementations carrying the knowledge base and enhancing their technology and application offerings each year for the last three decades.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Top 10 reasons why people are so mad for SAP Certification

By Ravi Sankar Venna

SAP Certification is the most sought after certifications in the Information Technology (IT) world. In every nook and corner of the world, it has created tremendous buzz among the IT professionals. Probably, SAP Certification is one of the most criticised certifications, but at the same, it is one of the biggest dreams for number of individuals. Many people have criticised in many ways by writing blogs, articles and even books. But, nobody can rule out the craze that it has created in this fast moving IT world. SAP Certification is one of the most successful IT certifications in the recent past. Either directly or indirectly, it has given employment to millions of people across the globe. Though, there are many contenders for the top certification position from Microsoft, Cisco, Sun and Oracle, but still people go so mad for this SAP Certification. SAP Certification is undoubtedly the number one product based IT certification in the current market trend. If you see the number of people enrolling for SAP Certification across the globe is a benchmark for other certifications.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

SAP Exam questions and answers


SAP TFIN50 & TFIN52 Summary Notes for FI Certification Exam (C_TFIN52_64) Download Links

Sample Question Set for SAP FI Certification (C_TFIN52_64) - Download Links


SAP TFIN20 & TFIN22 Summary Notes for CO Certification Exam (C_TFIN22_64) Download Links

SAP HR exam questions and answers
SAP SD exam questions and answers

SAP MM exam questions and answers

SAP ABAP exam questions and answers

SAP BI exam questions and answers