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Business one - how is the prospects for a MBA fresher

I am very new to business one and I need some information regarding its training and prospects. One of my friend has graduated (MBA) and trying to get into SAP. Since he is fresher he is not able to undergo any major SAP module. The training center is recommending him to underto business one and jump to other modules after he gets his experience. In this circumstance (a fresher trying to learn SAP and become BSA) is Business one an apt module for him? Can he later jump to a major module? How easy difficult will it be for him?

Please give your valuable suggestions.

Thanks,

Deepak

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    Posted on Apr 10, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Hello Deepak - I can provide some input from some experience both as a user and as an implementation specialist.

    Most folks think that the R3 world is the best place to start due to the larger number of opportunities and the ability to specialize very quickly in a very thin and focused module (for example, HR in R3). IF, and that is a big IF, a person wants to be locked into a very thin and specialized module, then going to the R3 world is great.

    However, if a person likes to work with the entire range of business operations then All In One, Business by Design, and Business One are the avenues to go. Although there are differences between the R3 world and these other packages, the truth of the matter is that it is much easier to go from these other packages into R3, than vice-versa. Why? Because with the other packages, you are forced to understand what is going on throughout the entire system and the entire business process. I have seen over and over again where an experienced and seasoned R3 person has tried to work in one of the "all-encompassing" packages and drops from senior to junior in the process because they know one distinct area and now they need to know everything (which most do not).

    A lot of people refer to SAP Business One as the "little brother" to R3 (and sometimes even insinuate that SAP B1 is not that tough), but you tell me - which is harder to know in an expert fashion - one single piece of the business or the entire process which a business goes through? I have been on both sides of the fence and, believe me, knowing what to do functionally and technically for the entire process is a much larger effort and requires a special kind of person.

    You hear many horror stories about the R3 implementations which take years to do, millions of dollars, and an army of consultants. Why is that? Because each consultant knows his/her piece and mis-communication and finger pointing are farily easy to do. Not quite possible when you have only one or two consultants there to do the entire SAP B1 implementation; it goes quickly and the responsibility is squarely set upon the shoulders of those one or two consultants.

    SAP is currently making a big push in SAP Business by Design (SAP ByD) in the upcoming months and have a variety of Webinars and are creating some good documentation since it is a newer SAP release. The SAP ByD field is wide open for anyone because there are few consultants who can claim experience (which makes it good and bad, depending upon how you see it).

    So the bottom line question comes to this; does your friend want to be part of the army in R3 and learn a specific area of business or does the person like to work as the hedge-pin of success and responsibility in a broad and entire business process? Finding a great and all-around SAP B1er is like finding a jewel - I have had the pleasure of working with SAP B1 for the past six years and having someone on the team who is both knowledgable and able to get things done is a great asset...the SAP B1 implementation is both tough but very rewarding...

    Good luck for your friend who is starting out...

    Regards - Zal

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    Posted on Apr 01, 2011 at 01:36 PM

    HI,

    By doing the Business One,he will get an overview about all the modules like MM,SD,CRM,FICO but the interface is different.Anyhow this will help him to get an idea of whole organisation

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    Posted on Apr 12, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Hi Deepak,

    There is really nothing much to say after Zal has explained all these so beautifully...

    The ultimate decision is absolutely your frnd's...in SAP B1 one can get the taste of handling one project all alone and as Zal says, most importantly he/she gets aware of all business scenarios on a day to day basis. Functionally things are same only the interfaces will get changed from one ERP package to another. in all the cases experts will excel...So it is better to identify one's core areas or area of interest for that regard.

    Regards,

    RS

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    Posted on Apr 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    I think I found a similar thread right here http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn

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