This is a guest post written by Cleo Isco who currently works as customer relations manager at ERP Certifications. Prior to joining ERP Certifications, Cleo worked as an SAP MM/SD consultant for 10+ years. His professional interests include SAP and online education.
In this article you will find information, why SAP certifications are so important and where you can find more information about them.
SAP has become the largest provider in the market of enterprise resource planning systems (ERP systems); it is the leading suit of business software covering almost every need of any type of organization. From small to enterprise scale, SAP is the need of the hour. SAP consists of a number of modules, each covering different areas of business of a company. Material Management, Controlling, Production Planning, Sales & Distribution, Financial Accounting, Human Resources are some of them. The first version of SAP R/1 (as it was called that time) was launched in 1973. Currently, SAP became the third largest independent software provider by revenue.
SAP ERP system is extremely complex and every new installation of SAP requires customization according to the specifics of a particular company. Generally, SAP implementations are longer and more expensive in larger enterprises because of the complexity of their legacy IT landscapes. A typical duration of an SAP implementation project is around one year. There are many technology consulting companies that offer full scope of services in implementing SAP. In order to have a standard way for evaluation of the knowledge and skills of people who work with SAP system (in particular SAP consultants), SAP introduced a program of certifications.
The certification of SAP is a tailored and flexible program, which is available for everyone like SAP employees, SAP clients, independent consultants, client employees and partner employees. If one wants to make his or her career in SAP, then it is likely that at some point of the career path SAP certification has to be passed. The main goal of the certification is to get an objective evaluation of one’s expertise in SAP. While certification in no way can replace practical experience with SAP, it still provides good credentials in the business world.
Some of the certifications that are in utmost demand are SAP BI certification (Business Intelligence), SAP FI certification (Financial Accounting), SAP MM certification (Material Management) and SAP SD certification (Sales & Distribution). Each of them has different levels of examination depending upon the expertise of an individual. The three main levels are Associate, Professional and Master and may have sub categories under them depending upon the certification. Associate level covers the fundamental knowledge requirements for an SAP consultant. It makes sure that an individual has a broad knowledge and perfect skilling SAP solution. Professional certification is for those who have a working experience in the same field with a project experience, business process knowledge and an understanding of what SAP solutions actually do. Master level is the highest certification for any SAP solution designed for the Project or Team Leader with 10 years or more experience.
A lot of information about SAP certification is available at SAP-Certification. This is website maintained by a group of SAP consultants where they share their own and others experience with SAP certification. It has detailed description of the most common certification exams, recommended books, practice questions with answers and explanations, and so on. The value of the certification can be estimated with the attractive compensation packages being offered to the consultants. Add feather to your cap with the right SAP certification.