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SAP Career Advancement: Top Skills to Develop


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On February 21 popular SAP bloggers and authors Tanya Duncan and Tracy Levine tackled the top skills that every new (or aspiring) SAP professional should focus on in a webinar.

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SAP Career Advancement: Top Skills to Develop

  1. 1. SAP Career Advancement Top Skills to Develop Tracy Levine, itelligence Inc. Tanya Duncan, Deloitte Consulting © 2014 ERP Corp. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. About the Presenters Tanya Duncan is a SAP FI/CO Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting and blogs at She is the author of The Essential SAP Career Guide, a comprehensive guide for SAP professionals. Her second book, Product Costing Guide for SAP, will be released Summer 2014. She is presenting at Controlling 2014 on product costing basics. Tracy Levine is SAP Application Consultant at itelligence with expertise in SAP GRC. She is the author of the blog Diary of a Postgrad SAP Consultant ( and frequently writes articles issues of importance to developing SAP professionals. 3
  3. 3. Introduction • • Why is SAP a valuable skill? • 4 Current state of the SAP eco-system How can SAP fast track your career?
  4. 4. Poll Question What is your level of SAP experience? a. I am currently a student. b. I don’t work with SAP, but I’m interested. c. <1 year of experience. d. 1-3 years of experience. e. >3 years of experience. 5
  5. 5. Topics • • • • • • Soft Skills Functional Skills Technical Skills Common Misconceptions About SAP Careers SAP Career Path Tips Questions Start of first section: List the main points in your presentation and insert this slide at the start of each new topic. Move the highlighted box down for each new section. This divides your presentation into easy to follow sections. 6
  6. 6. Soft Skills • Networking and Branding • Communication Skills • • • Verbal Written Leadership Skills • • 7 Managing Others Having a “Sales Mentality”
  7. 7. Functional Skills • • Cross-module integration • How to write a functional spec • 8 Core module knowledge and specialized knowledge Navigating through configuration
  8. 8. Technical Skills • • Doing table joins and creating queries • Creating custom transaction codes and transaction variants • Basic SAP Security Knowledge • Being able to read and identify code, and basic debugging • LSMW and data migration • 9 Using tables How to create and move a transport
  9. 9. Common Misconceptions about SAP Careers • • Career options are limited to SAP • You have to be an “expert” from the start • 10 Need to be a “computer person” You have to travel 100%
  10. 10. Poll Question Which of these topics would be most beneficial for a future webinar? a. Consulting vs. Industry Jobs in SAP b. How to Get Your First Job in SAP c. A Day in the Life of an SAP Consultant d. Demonstration of Functional and Technical Skills 11
  11. 11. SAP Career Path Tips • • “Pain points” Gaining experiences through past projects • Consulting and industry jobs- which fit is best? • Smaller vs. larger size firm • 12 Keeping up to date with SAP trends SAP Certifications
  12. 12. The Essential SAP Career Guide Tanya’s book, The Essential SAP Career Guide, is a comprehensive guide to starting your SAP career. The guide contains: • • • 13 Career options in SAP • Consulting vs. Industry careers, Functional vs. Technical roles How to land a job including: • Finding a job, creating a stand-out resume, nailing SAP interviews, and negotiating salary Required skills for SAP technical and functional positions including: • How to develop your skills in other modules and writing functional specifications Use this promo code for $5 off the print version: PPM8FNLS
  13. 13. Questions • • Now: • Ask questions now for immediate answers Later: • Tracy: • Tanya: Q&A 14
  14. 14. Disclaimer SAP®, R/3, mySAP,, xApps, xApp, SAP NetWeaver®, Duet®, PartnerEdge, and other SAP® products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all over the world. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies. ERP Corp is neither owned nor controlled by SAP.