a job between IT, brilliance - and insanity
WHAT DOES AN SAP CONSULTANT DO – IN GENERAL
The digital transformation is in full swing. Thus, almost every larger company is facing the mammoth task to map their processes in an automated, and efficient way with the assistance of intelligent ERP systems. This is where SAP Consultants come into play. They are specialized in IT consulting and focused on the implementation of SAP software solutions such as S/4HANA. Here, they adjust IT systems in a way so that they fit the individual business processes of the respective company. This process is called customizing.
Some say that this job is challenging, complex, and interdisciplinary. We would like to add: It is incredibly dynamic and exciting. Others say it is viciously challenging. Many times, business know how, analytical thinking, a technical background, and communication skills are required – all at once. Given that each company, each customer, and each process are unique, even experienced IT consultants might find that the learning- and development curve is extremely steep – just like the number of kilometers traveled. Many times, it is mandatory to be on site with the customers thus willingness to travel is one of the requirements for the job.
Just like a little kid, a good SAP consultant always asks „Why?”
Orchestrating change processes
The role of an SAP consultant is often similar to that of a conductor: They set the tone for systematic change processes, introduce customers to new technologies and oversee the implementation and corresponding knowledge transfer. They take care of requirement management at the customers’, create feasibility analyses, examine the previous IT landscape and -strategy of the customers, check the framework conditions, and provide recommendations based on their findings. In addition, they develop strategies for transformation processes.
Frequently requires high level of specialization
There are almost no limits to the topical areas one can specialize in: finance & controlling, production & logistics, personnel, CRM, sales, and external trade – the expertise of SAP consultants is sought after in virtually all economically relevant business areas. SAP consultants do not operate as lone rangers, but rather as part of interdisciplinary teams of experts. In addition, their expertise is in high demand in presales or as business experts.
WHAT DOES WORKING AS AN SAP CONSULTANT AT ALL FOR ONE GROUP LOOK LIKE?
THE CUSTOMER ENVIRONMENT OF ALL FOR ONE GROUP
Numerous possible roles
SAP consultants at All for One Group are developing individual solutions from the SAP product portfolio in close cooperation and on equal footing with their customers. We require high levels of self-responsibility, and competence in their respective fields of expertise, e.g. manufacturing, consumer products, finance & controlling or supply chain & logistics. The next steps of their career depend on the personality of the candidate: Communication skills, organizational talents, strong leadership, expert knowledge, technological affinity, allrounder skills – our colleagues take over various roles depending on their strengths and preferences. They work as implementation consultants, process consultants, presales consultants, solution architects, business experts or project team leaders. In general, consultants rarely have to solely rely on their own skills, as the know-how of other specialized colleagues is readily available. For example, knowledge in ABAP is a plus, but not a must as the consultants work closely with the integration specialists from our Development department.
The core topics: re-implementation, conversion, or transformation to SAP S/4HANA.
MAIN TOPICS AND WORK AREAS
Whether it is about new implementations or SAP system conversion – there is no way past SAP S/4HANA. At All for One Group, you introduce customers to the potential of S/4HANA, develop an individual S/4HANA roadmap and implement it. And of course, there are numerous other applications as well.
SAP Cloud Solutions
The Cloud-based SAP environment provides interesting customer projects as well – such as Business ByDesign or the S/4HANA Public Cloud.
SAP industry solutions
Rigid solutions are a thing of the past: The consultants at All for One Group can fall back to inhouse-developed business solutions and serve their customers by employing a large variety of business processes from our own process library – including the manufacturing, consumer, and automotive industries.
SAP Special Topics
Typical special topics at All for One Group include global trade services, supply chain execution, Ariba, business intelligence, human resources, or customer relationship management.
Our most important innovation topics are SAP Leonardo, mobile & app technologies as well as ioT scenarios such as digital twins.
HOW TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL SAP CONSULTANT
The most common way to climbing to the pinnacle of SAP is via a suitable university program. Among the possible fields of study are IT/IT & economics with a focus on business administration, logistics management, finance & accounting, economics, economics & engineering, business mathematics, international management, international business, or comparable studies as well as comparable vocational training. Here is an overview for those who want to join us in IT consulting with a focus on SAP systems.
Right after graduation, you can join us in the field of Cloud ERP in a junior position. First-hand experience in SAP through internships, as a working student, or theses with a focus on IT- or SAP is a substantial benefit.
Another option is suitable vocational training. For example, we offer a trainee program for SAP consultants with various focus areas such as finance & controlling, logistics, procurement, external trade and customers or human resources. In addition, we provide SAP trainings and professional mentoring. We have developed a dedicated HR expert trainee program for those colleagues who aim to provide consulting work in the field of employee experience.
Online courses from erp4students
Here, every student has a favorably priced opportunity to get a first taste of the SAP world via ERP4Students, acquire additional skills, or obtain SAP certifications directly from SAP. Learn more about SAP online courses for students here >
Our cooperation partner, the public university in Heilbronn, is part of the SAP University Alliance, which grants students free access to SAP systems.
Career changers also have opportunities to start as IT consultants, provided they have specialist know-how. For example, key users who worked intensively with SAP might have opportunities to join. Consultants who worked with competitor products such as abas, IFS, ProAlpha, SAGE, or Oxiaon can have a fresh start in SAP consulting. Our career changer program considers the different backgrounds of experienced professionals who want to change their careers by providing them with an individual training plan that is tailored to their specific needs.
HOW TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL IT CONSULTANT
SAP consultants assume various roles and bring different strengths and weaknesses to the table. BUT there are certain traits that get in the way of a successful career. You are the right person for the job if the following six traits apply to you.
PROSPECTS AND DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
In general, the career and future perspectives are excellent. The job is demanding, hence the demand for skilled professionals is high. With that being said, the prospects for individual development and career opportunities depend very much on choosing the right employer.
The wider the range of consulting services a potential employer provides, the better
When choosing the right employer, development opportunities within the organization should also be a criterion. All for One Group with its various subsidiaries and units offers a comprehensive consulting services portfolio and thus provides various development opportunities for individual learning, specialization, or even re-orientation.
Lifelong learning is mandatory
In a consulting environment, a standstill very quickly turns into falling behind. The regular feedback sessions at All for One Group point out improvement potential and development opportunities. Internal and external SAP trainings, learning platforms, as well as an SAP Learning HUB, and Competence Center provide the basis for an exchange with internal experts and continuous expansion of our SAP- and IT knowledge base.
Personal development – not just nice to have:
Working as an SAP consultant is a traditional people business and thus depends on the personality of the candidate. At All for One Group, we therefore provide various means of personal, and methodical development, including presentation techniques at the flipchart, English courses, or design thinking workshops. In addition, we offer specialized development programs for young professionals, master- and further education programs, and last but not least access to the know how of the various specialist teams at All for One Group.
Certification as a SAP consultant
It is not just our trainees who have the opportunity to obtain a SAP certification: We are always happy to develop colleagues who hunger for knowledge and support them with getting their certifications. Learn more about SAP certification here >
Each and every colleague at All For One Group will confirm that they find their job in consulting incredibly exciting. Those who want to start with us or switch careers, however, should be aware of the following
What makes this job incredibly exciting?
- Bright perspective on the job market
- Steep learning- and development curve
- Variety due to constantly changing customers and projects
- Density of innovational topics
- Considerable freedom when it comes to organizing your work
- Opportunity to build a huge network
What makes this job a challenge?
- The required willingness to travel
- Sometimes extensive organizational and operational workload
- Complexity of the projects
- The need to always stay up-to-date
If you have the right interests and qualities, can demonstrate your expertise and enjoy dealing with new situations and people, you will definitely have a lot of fun as an SAP consultant.
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