Companies then decide whether to fill talent needs internally or hire outside consultants. What they ultimately do often depends on the organisation's philosophy, though about 80% of organisations choose to outsource. In our experience, we often see companies bring in consultants because this work is normally project based and will ultimately have a completion date, whether it be in six months or six years. Additionally, it is much more cost effective for companies to bring in consultants than to hire full-time employees or pull internal resources from other ongoing projects.
Plug into the hot areas
IT professionals can put themselves in the right place at the right time by keeping their skills fresh and being aware of the market's hot areas. SAP continually upgrades its technology, creating new versions with a host of new features and functions that drive demand for new skills.
An upcoming trend is installed users upgrading to the NetWeaver platform while adding new functionality in the financial and human resource sectors, and using portal technology. Upgrades to the new ERP Central Component (ECC) Version 6.0 platform, for example, have generated demand for financial consultants who grasp new general ledger changes. If job seekers can also demonstrate compliance and regulatory expertise, such as a strong understanding of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, their resumes will easily crawl to the top of hiring managers' stacks.
New upgrades are also resulting in a search for human resources professionals who can expand the software to include performance management and learning features. With knowledge of ECC 6.0 and an understanding of the new general ledger features, job seekers make themselves more attractive to potential employers. As the human resources sector continues to move toward more self-serve applications, portal technologists and performance management consultants will also be in more demand.
NetWeaver experts need skills in Master Data Management (MDM), Exchange Infrastructure (XI) and the latest Business Information Warehouse (BW) version. Portal technology expertise is also critical for changing the old SAP user interface to a customised, user-friendly front end.
Stay current to grow
Job seekers can update their skills through SAP training sites, professional development courses, and seminars at annual conferences and user group meetings.