Job Title: SAP Consultant
Type of Company: As an independent consultant, I work for a variety of companies. Most recently I have worked at a medical device company and a consumer beverage company.
Education: BS in Mathematics, Tufts University
Previous Experience: I started with a large IT consulting firm right out of college. Over the years, I progressed from a programmer to an analyst to a manager, working on large IT project. As a manager, I worked on a project where SAP (a large ERP system which is business software that integrates manufacturing, planning, distribution etc.) was being implemented and later supported. After having children, I relinquished my managerial responsibilities to allow for a little more flexibility in my work schedule. Instead, I took on more hands-on assignments with the SAP software. After 15 years with the large IT consultancy, I decided to go out on my own as an independent consultant working with SAP.
Job Tasks: I help companies support their SAP systems by adding new functionality and fixing problems with existing functionality.
Folks who use the SAP system at a particular company log requests to either fix problems or add new functionality to the system. The requests can range from really small things (for example, we always want two copies of invoices to print instead of one copy) to big projects (for example, a company wants to streamline their warehouse and shipping processes by implementing new wireless scanners that the warehouse personal can use instead of manually entering transactions into a computer).
When a request is assigned to me, I typically contact the requestor to make sure I understand what he or she needs, then research ways to satisfy their request in the SAP system. Ultimately I will program or configure a solution in a test system, test it, and ask the requestor to confirm that the solution will work. If yes, we implement the change in their 'live' system.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I love problem solving, and this job is really about problem solving. SAP is a large and complex system, so there are often many different ways to go about solving a problem, and I enjoy researching possible solutions and figuring out which would be best. I also get a lot of satisfaction out of helping people by improving their system, which ultimately helps make it easier for them to do their jobs.
1. Coursework that requires analytical thinking and problem solving skills is key. Some people think that you need a computer science degree to do the kind of work I do, but that's not really true. I've seen lots of math, economics, and finance majors do well in this type of work.
2. The big consulting firms (Accenture, Capgemini, IBM, ...) provide great entry-level opportunities to get into this type of work.
3. Another way lots of folks get into this kind of work is by transferring from the 'business' side of things into IT (Information Technology). For example, someone working in finance might get experience by providing the business user input on IT projects, and then eventually switch to the IT side.
Additional Thoughts: I think this kind of work rarely gets boring because technology is continually evolving, requiring me to learn new things.
Many people are surprised to know that I don't consider myself a 'techie' - for example, I can't fix my own PC, necessarily. For me it's all about solving problems, and technology is just a means to do that. I don't really enjoy technology for the sake of technology.
Great problem solving skills are a must. Also, good communication skills, both written and verbal, are key. Some of the issues I deal with can be complex, and if you can't explain the problem and/or proposed solution to other people in terms they will understand, you can't really be effective.
Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school
With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.
Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.
ABCO Technology is an accredited computer training academy that offers diploma programs for individual students, professionals and companies to learn different areas of Information technology and seek gainful employment.
Advance your information technology career with a respected degree from Coleman University.
Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017
You can advance your career with a degree from Charter College Online.
Congratulations! Your interest in Independence University is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.
Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.
At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.
Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Software Engineers For Systems, including: