My SAP Certification Journey
“Congratulations! You are now a Certified Associate SAP Success Factors Application Consultant!” The feelings on achieving this milestone are beyond words. I outline my experiences in undertaking this journey into SAP certification. I also hope that my experiences might provide the inspiration that others are looking for, as they embark on similar journeys.
My association with the world of SAP began as a fresh graduate from an engineering degree in 2007. The terms Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and SAP were quite alien to me at the time. I was fortunate to be trained by experts in SAP Human Capital Management (HCM) and in-house projects enhanced my skills. Gradually, with each new project, my skillset developed to a point where I could lead a team and handle client deliverables for SAP implementations. These positive learning experiences made me passionate about what SAP has to offer and the way the technology grows to meet new customer and legal requirements.
My Master’s degree from ITU in Engineering Management provided me the opportunity to understand technological change needed from the end user’s perspective. It was at this time that I took a course about ERP/SAP systems under Professor Bhat. We had several discussions about future trends in ERP, career growth in the field, and opportunities in the ERP world. She also mentioned about ITU’s affiliation with the SAP University Alliance Program that benefits students globally by imparting education, training, and certification pathways. It was amazing to learn about these wonderful opportunities that ITU students could benefit from.
As a professional in SAP HCM, I was immediately drawn to the SAP certification pathways. After careful consideration and discussions with Prof. Bhat, I decided to explore certification in SAP Success factors. In addition to the ERP/SAP course I was enrolled in, I took several Open SAP courses in order to understand the topic better. I finally decided to take the plunge and attempt the certification exam a few weeks ago. The world of technology is rapidly evolving towards cloud-based applications and SAP embraced these new changes with their cloud-based application for SAP HCM called SAP Success factors.
What is SAP Success Factors? Success Factors Human Capital Management (HCM) is a cloud-based solution which integrates onboarding, social business and collaboration tools, a learning management system (LMS), performance management, recruiting software, applicant tracking software, succession planning, talent management and HR analytics to deliver business strategy alignment, team execution and maximize people performance. It works on a SaaS model – Software as a Service.
I can honestly say that this decision to earn certification in SAP HCM was one of my best decisions. I understood the core concepts even better from an academic and a professional standpoint. The scenario-based questions tested my knowledge but made me understand the practical applications of the HCM module even better.
To all students and professionals aspiring towards a career in ERP/SAP, I would recommend that you undertake certification. It gives you confidence and strengthens core concepts that you can implement directly on the job as you provide solutions to your client. It adds tremendous credibility to your professional profile. Plan ahead, be consistent in your approach to study, and just enjoy the journey!
About SAP University Alliance & ITU’s SAP Program
SAP University Alliances (SAP UA) is a global program enabling more than 3,200 educational institutions in over 111 countries to integrate the latest SAP technologies into teaching. Through the SAP UA, faculty have access to a variety of SAP solutions, a wealth of faculty-developed curricula, and free training to help them prepare the next generation with knowledge, and skills for the digital future.
ITU offers an MBA program in ERP/SAP. All courses offered under this program are fully vetted and approved by the SAP UA. Students may choose from among the following learning pathways:
- Complete an MBA with a focus in ERP/SAP
- Earn a Joint Recognition Award Certificate from ITU and SAP UA upon successful completion (B or above) of 3 ERP/SAP courses at ITU.
- Earn a certification with SAP directly depending on your area of interest and experience.
- Try out ERP/SAP courses as an open campus (non-degree seeking student) and earn the joint recognition award certificate, and/or convert into an MBA in ERP/SAP program.
Visit https://www.successfactors.com for more information.
Shilpashree Mudigere Ramachandra
Department of Engineering Management
ITU Alumna 2018