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How to move into the S4/HANA Job Market

21/05/2019 by Nandip Aulak

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“SAP S/4HANA is an entirely new generation of SAP Business Suite that is characterized by simplifications, massively increased efficiency, and compelling features such as planning and simulation options in many conventional transactions,” states SAP News.

So, what is the best approach to moving into the S4/HANA job market? We asked our SAP network at Montash to share their thoughts. Is it more about experience, qualifications or both?

“When I hired consultants a few years ago for ECC projects I never asked or cared for if someone was certified and in my eight year consulting career no one ever asked me about it. I got my first certification before I spent one single day on a project, so certifications are more to prove you haven't slept in the classroom while training. It doesn't really say anything about a person's ability to implement ERP.” - SAP Programme Manager

“I’ve seen quite a few requests from S4 HANA Customers, where S4 certificate was listed as ‘would be a plus’. That’s reasonable, as S4 experience is still rather limited, and Customers do not want to pay for time spent on education. Certification does not mean that a consultant has actual S4 project experience (especially when it comes to associate certification level), however, it means that they have spent a significant amount of time studying the new system version, That’s a good start, especially combined with project experience with older SAP versions. Definitely nice to have, but still beneficial. We have to learn the new SAP version anyway, so I personally see no reason not to get a certificate as well.” - SAP S/4 Hana Consultant

“I got my first Fi certificate 20 years ago, no one has ever asked about it. I guess it gives you some self-confidence if you are a junior with no prior experience. A good CV is more important than certificates. S/4 in general, even in Fico, is still so much same as ERP that it seems people are too scared about it. Fiori is then of course new if you are used to just Gui but then again Fiori is a separate topic and indeed some clients use it with ERP6. And almost everything in S/4 works with Gui as well so Fiori then comes if client wants and needs it.” - SAP Consultant

OTHER TOP TIPS FOR MOVING INTO THE MARKET:

1. Firstly understand if/ when your current organisation will be migrating to HANA and can you be involved in this project?

2. Create a network of recruiters who specialise in this space. You will have a better chance of being offered roles in this area.

3. Build your LinkedIn network around people who are experienced in this field, your content and opportunities related to HANA will increase.

4. Apply for roles in this area! You will have a better chance of getting picked up for roles if you apply, rather than waiting to be headhunted.

Do you work in the S4/HANA market? If you have any top tips to add then please let us know - we’d love to hear from you.


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