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SAP is a German company that is known for its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. The company has gone through several developments and is the largest non-American software company by revenue. Lets take a look at how SAP has developed and grown since its inception.
SAP with their HQ in Walldorf, Germany was founded in the nearby town of Heidelberg in 1972 by five ex-IBM engineers with a vision of creating a standard application software for real-time business processing.
At the end of its first year in business, SAP employed nine people and generated Deutsche Mark 620,000 in revenue. Taking the initial form of a private partnership under the German Civil Code, the company established its headquarters in Weinheim, Germany, and opened an office in nearby Mannheim.
Real-time touched more of the business: SAP R/2 packaged mainframe software application processes in real-time and integrated all an enterprise’s business functions.
Real-time reached the desktop: A client-server version of the standard application software allowed businesses to run more efficiently around the world.
Real-time moved to the web and beyond: Cloud computing, mobile, and in-memory computing opened new horizons for real-time data access – anywhere.
Continued company growth is driven by the SAP HANA in-memory platform that makes lightning-fast data analytics a reality. Strategic acquisitions coupled with continued innovation make SAP a leader in cloud computing and e-commerce business networks. With the launch of SAP S/4HANA and SAP C/4HANA, SAP unveiled the next generation of enterprise software to help customers become Intelligent Enterprises.
Becoming an SAP Consultant can be your ticket to a great career. If you have the required technical and interpersonal skills, you are sure to excel in this role.
Your route into SAP will also vary depending on whether you go for a Technical or Functional role. Technical roles will be more suited to those interested in programming, whereas functional roles are more for people who enjoy managing relationships and configuring systems to suit client requirements.
Once you have finished your education, start looking for work experience and apply for roles such as System User or Junior SAP Consultant. These roles will enable you to learn how to configure a system and may give you a chance to work alongside a Senior Consultant, which is a valuable learning experience.
Additionally, it is very important to regularly update your skills and knowledge by attending courses on new technologies or teaching yourself by reading technology literature and manuals. There are a number of learning providers that give you access to professional training videos enabling you to watch them as many times as you like, which makes learning from home easier than in the classroom setting. It is crucial to keep up to speed with the rapidly changing IT industry. You’ll find that many employers are likely to arrange and pay for necessary training.
Here at Cavendish Professionals, we recruit for a variety of SAP consultants on behalf of our clients internationally. If you are looking for somebody to help with your SAP recruitment requirements or you are a candidate and looking for a rewarding SAP position, get in touch with us today via our technology website.