Road-map to land with a SAP Job
What is SAP?
SAP is an ERP software, integrating all areas of businesses. It provides end to end solutions for finance, manufacturing, marketing, logistics and distribution. SAP systems share common information with everyone.It provides the advantage of all departments working together by sharing the information promoting common practice across an entire division allowing no duplicacy of data. SAP automates the project monitoring facilitates multidimensional and flexible reporting, along with standardization of business processes.
To manage the different modules, SAP the 4th largest software company in the world provides certifications to individuals who complete the requisite amount of training on each of these modules. Arming yourself with a SAP certificate gives a professional an edge over the others, as it helps to perform better by utilizing the resources provided by the ERP software. SAP courses make you an expert in any of the modules, however they too add up as another skill in your resume.
SAP as an ERP software has five functional modules and five technical modules. The functional modules are Finance & Control, Production Planning, Material Management, Sales & Distribution and Human Resources. Advanced Business Application Programming, Exchange Infrastructure, Net Viewer, Basis and Business Information Warehousing come under the technical module. For instance, Financial and Control module covers the aspects of Financial Accounting which includes recording, collecting, and processing the financial transactions. This module has various sub-modules which play an important role in decision making purpose and for internal reporting purposes. Likewise, the other modules too perform specific management tasks, related to materials management, Production planning, sales & distribution and Human Resource. The implementation of SAP in an organization makes planning, scheduling, tracking and managing resources less time consuming, allowing the employees to perform more value added work.
How to get SAP Certification
SAP Training in India is provided by SAP itself, also by through its channel partners such as SIEMENS and other private institutions. Various employers also conduct SAP training for their employees, however getting a certification by yourself is advisable as it will allow you to apply for a number of SAP Jobs. Lets take a look at how you can get yourself certified as a SAP consultant and what are the requisites to apply for a SAP certification.
In order to get SAP certified, regardless of whether you have an exposure in SAP or not, the training offered helps to develop and enhance your skills. The institute which you will attend will provide hands on training on SAP along with case studies to discuss the implementation of the module. After the end of the training sessions, you'll be subjected to an evaluation leading to a certification from SAP, which is the pre-requisite for applying for any of the SAP Jobs.
The pre-requisites of getting certified in any of the modules is that, one needs to have 2-3 years of prior experience in a relevant business function. In order to take any of the technical modules strong programming skills are required along with a Bachelors in Engineering or Technology. MBA and CA graduates can also take up any of the functional modules as their specialization. The course is divided into three levels, Level 1 provides an overview of the SAP products in a compact manner. Level 2, introduces you to the fundamental business processes that can be modeled using SAP. This is the level where you'll be choosing your specialization from any of the functional or technical modules. This level concentrates on Key business functions and on the interaction with other modules. Level 3 provides detailed information about individual applications areas, focuses on customizing and function description. They usually build on information covered in the level 2, and is customized to meet the requirements of project teams. You can opt for full 5 weeks of classroom training at any of the Authorized Education Partners of SAP, or if you work for a SAP partner organization which has implemented at least 2 SAP modules, your employer can sponsor your SAP certification. Certifications are only provided by SAP education partners, do not go for any other institution which claims to be a SAP partner as the certificate provided by them would stand null and void.
Once you get a SAP certification
The best part of SAP training is that, you'll be informed by SAP if there is any SAP openings. Otherwise, SAP Jobs are also available on job portals like Careerbuilder, which is a trusted source for finding jobs. Entry-level salaries vary from Rs. 5 lakh to 6 Lakhs which eventually will go upto 6 figures after an optimum level of experience gathered by you. SAP is implemented globally and the certification which you will get will also be accepted globally, indeed this will broaden your horizon and will open new job avenues for you on a global level.