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Need your thoughts on being an ABAPer

Hi all...it's been a month since i started my first job after i graduated. And so happen when i joined, the company is in the final stages of a SAP project. So for the time being, my boss wants me to do ABAP. So far, i've only managed to develop 2 programs (that luckily met the consultant's approval and was transported), tried to do a BADI (unsuccessfully, so had to give it back), did several MM-related stuff my senior assigned me to do and later, i'm suppose to conduct a training class for key users for MM.

My boss mentioned that he wants me to do ABAP, MM and PM. I'm wondering...do you think its possible for me to cope with all that?

And i want to know what would be required of me and what actually is part of my job when i start touching on MM and PM?

I have no prior experience (in terms of application) in SAP, especially in MM and PM...however i did attend the course for ABAP Workbench (TAW 10 & 12)...but regrettably i failed in my first attempt (however, i'm saving up now so that i can re-attempt it again)...i'm starting to get worried...it being my first job and all...

Just want to know your thoughts...especially those of you that have been doing SAP for many years...

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    Posted on Dec 15, 2005 at 04:02 AM

    > What about you all?

    >

    > Are you just doing ABAP? Or you are supporting or

    > specializing in other modules as well?

    As I mentioned before, ABAP is the life-giving blood that is flowing through all the body parts of a business. If you know ABAP, you will be able to write a report for MM or SD or PP module. But your solution will be elegant if you know what each of those tables represent in business terms and how different tables come together to support a business process such as a sales transaction.

    I am an ABAPer if that is the right term. I know what to look for and where to look for any functional aspect in configuration. But that does not make me a MM or PP or a SD specialist. Having said that each one of us will have our strengths in particular modules by virtue of either working too much in those modules or having inclination or prior background in the business function. Like if you are an accountant in your past life, then understanding the FI module, even from a technical point, will be your strength, because you will not spend your energies in understanding the process, but you will put your efforts in understanding the tools in that area. But if you don't have any business function experience before, you will be spread thin between understanding the business and the technical aspects at the same time.

    Srinivas

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    Posted on Dec 15, 2005 at 02:37 AM

    Oh, and i want to know...lets say if i stayed on course and do ABAP (or SAP in general)...where can i see myself? I mean...how's an ABAPer's (or anyone doing SAP) life is like?

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    • > Then what about getting certified and attending

      > certification courses? Are they really important to

      > get in order to be considered qualified?

      >

      > I've talked to consultants who are certified and

      > non-certified but they all know their stuff.

      I have been in SAP and ABAP for almost 10 years and like you I started my career in ABAP and still finding it fascinating. But, I still don't own a certificate in ABAP or any SAP certification. Not that I don't value it, I just didn't pay attention to it. When is a certification important, only if you want to use it to differentiate you from the rest at a job interview. Once you are past that, I don't see how much you use your certificate.

      > And what is the career path of an ABAPer? I'm doing

      > ABAP now and my job title is as an IT executive...so

      > lets say i'm doing ABAP for the next few years, where

      > would i be (whats the next step for an ABAPer)?

      That is the big question. As you move forward you will learn that there is still more to learn. But at some point you will realize that you are at a crossroad where you have to decide whether you want to continue the technical programming path or slowly get into management. It can be IT project management or technical team leadership. But you are still not at that stage and it is too early to think about what next. I would say concentrate your next year or so in gaining as much knowledge as possible in ABAP and the functional aspects of R/3. Then you can make a more intelligent decision than relying on us now.

      > I just want to mention that i feel ABAP in very

      > interesting and fascinating in such a way that no

      > matter how many experience you have with ABAP, you

      > still discover something new...that's what i notice

      > from the other ABAPer that i worked with and read

      > from the forums...

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    Posted on Dec 15, 2005 at 02:56 AM

    Hi,

    It's great that you have opportunity working on SAP in the first job itself.To adapt any technology you have to be self-learner and go-getter.

    Coming to ABAP i have been since three years,into all phases.You have so many websites helpful

    ,there are people who would like to help us if we have any queries in Forums.Start going in positive direction learn the desired skills.Coming to PP and MM modules you can interact with your Functional consultant and learn the flow.

    Regards

    Bala

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    Posted on Nov 25, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Hi Everyone on this thread !!

    I am also fresher and was confused in the same way with functional and ABAP.

    Thanks a lot because I got lot of useful information , and It worked as an eye opener for me.

    Regards,

    Nikhil

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