I am new entrant here and bombarding herewith one of my question which baffled me lot recently.
I currently working as Team Lead Staffing for US process and in past was involved in market and business analysis.
Currently seeking knowledge and career enhancement in SAP HCM. So like to know few things:
1. What is the future of SAP HCM in current market in the wake of global financial crisis?
2. Where I will land after completing certifications and its impact on job finding.
3. Is this fruitful for non-technical person to jump in this arena.
I look forward to your inputs and suggestion. Thanks in advance! :)

From India, Delhi
Hi All, Even I would like to get the information on this topic (SAP HCM). Please advice. Rgds, J

Dear Saral,
Though you are not a technical person but you know the functionality of the bussiness,which is the primary requirement as far as career is concerned I assure you it will lead to a gr8 career path.
Akhilesh Dubey
SAP-HR consultant.

From India, Indore
Thanks Akhilesh.
What I am looking here is something a more detailed answer. As we know its good in for future. But how one can start for the same?
The best way to start is to join a organization who is into SAP implementations OR do a certifications from such as Siemens etc. and then look forward to excel.

From India, Delhi
Hi all
I would also like to know the value addition to ones career for pursuing SAP. Like i have 2.5yrs HR generlist exp but would like to enhance skills n value by SAP but i am quite concerned if its gonna give expected value n returns to my time n money invested in doing this course ??
Looking forward to you all valuable suggestions..

From India, Bangalore
HCM for Human Capital Management or simply SAP HR.
SAP: Systems Applications Products in Data processing is an ERP software, in fact the major ERP software. It has Technical and Functional side. Technical part contains ABAP and Basis. Functional consists of HR, FI, CO, MM, SD, PP, etc. (depends on your past functional/management exposure).
Now coming to the questions asked:
1./ ERP or SAP to be precise, is basically required for business optimisation and smooth functioning of an Organisation, so the demand is not going to subside, even in the wake of recent crisis. It caters to both SMEs and big corporates.
2./ This one is bit tight: Even if you are certified from Siemens or Genovate, fresher requirements is currently slow, will pick up in couple of months. This is for Implementation part. IF, someone is already in HR dept of an organisation where they use SAP, then they can work as End users, power users, like that.
3./ There is nothing impossible if you are determined. Initially, it may seem tough, but if someone with good HR background, can do well. Also it needs constant practice and research to horne the skills.

I hope this clears some doubts. If any further clarifications needed, reply back.


From India, Bhubaneswar
Thanks for the brief explanation. Helped me understand a little more about SAP HR. I am working in the HR dept of a s/w industry for the last 2.5+ years. We mainly use peoplesoft HCM extensively for our day to day duties.
I am now interested in the functional side of the SAP HR implementation.
Do you think my peoplesoft exp can help me, as the features will me more or less similar, or is SAP HR entirely diff than peoplesoft?
Do you think, once I get training from any institution, I can take up the certification? Or should I wait for couple yrs to gain exp and then try certification?
Again, is it possible for you tell which module of HR has more demand than the rest?
Thanks for your response!

From United States, Scottsdale
I suggest you guys to go for a SAP-HR traning with an unauthorised workshops (as authorised will cost you 3.25 lacs approx
without a job guarantee) to have conceptual knowledge and then
get sap installed on your pc/laptop for practice purpose and learn as much as you can and then try to find a job
with a small organization as brand ones don't prefer freshers,you can go for brands once you get some practical exp. of it.
Market is not good, especially for freshers but if you follow this suggestion you won't need to invest lot of money,
you can get it done in approx 10-12k.

From India, Delhi
Thanks Ricky for the suggestion! However here in the US, I feel it is harder to find junior or entry level even if you accept low salaries! The training institutions here charge you anywhere between $2K - $3K. I am in a dilemma now to invest suvh huge amount especially when the market is so tough! I just want to be assured that these trainings are worth and will pay back after couple years if not instantly, then I am ready to go forward!
From United States, Scottsdale
I can understand that as I also have been to H1b marketing, so my suggestion is not to take it as a instant return career, instead of paying $2-3k for instructor led training, you can go for online trainings which are available in market in just $20 and on............ try to learn as much as you can and then join any organization (with a fake exp.) which deals in corp. to corp. business as they just use to deploy you at their client sites and clients never ask for exp. docs. in contract jobs.
Keep one thing in mind that SAP is not a rocket science, its just a simple but vast application and you can learn with a bit of dedication.

From India, Delhi

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