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SAP Training: Where To Get SAP Training To Understand In Depth SAP Concepts?


More and more people are after SAP Certification given the value it is given by SAP AG; SAP AG’s global partners and several other players in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) world. Given the high cost of the SAP Certification exams by anybody’s standards and its famous difficulty, it is advisable to sit for the exams when one is ready. So the question is; where should you get proper SAP training that will help you understand in depth SAP concepts?


What Is SAP Training?


SAP is arguably the best ERP software in the whole world. SAP AG, the company that develops SAP ERP software, was formed by 5 former IBM engineers who sent ripples throughout the ERP world with their ERP dubbed ‘real-time system’. Since then, SAP AG has been leading the way in ERP. SAP Education is a dedicated division of SAP AG that administers the syllabus and exams to people interested in mastering the implementation of various SAP solutions. Students who pass their SAP exams are issued with Certification by SAP Education or its certified partners. SAP training is all about preparing for the SAP exams.


Who Goes Through SAP Training?


In most countries, you won’t be required to go through formal SAP training before sitting for the SAP exams at the associate level (the entry level SAP exams). You can actually sit for the SAP exams without being formally trained. In other countries such as India on the other hand, you will be required to go through formal SAP training if you do not have a certain number of years of actual support or implementation experience. This notwithstanding, most experts in the SAP field will tell you formal SAP training significantly increases your chances of passing the SAP exams. There are different people who go through SAP training: company employees, consultants, IT managers, technical service operators, business associates and advisors. You can also go through SAP training if you want to pursue a career in implementing and configuring SAP systems.


Types Of SAP Training- Formal And Informal


When SAP training is mentioned, it is understandable to only think of formal training. The SAP Certification exams, for one are set according to very high standards by SAP Education. The questions are based on the respective syllabus for each unique paper. The syllabus clearly stipulates which topics have more importance or ‘weight’. Formal SAP training entails going through the syllabus and SAP courses in a formal setting- usually a typical class environment. Instruction and practical lessons are offered by instructors who have some sort of expertise in the field. It is often encouraged to go through formal SAP training given by instructors certified by SAP Education. Chances are that there is a capable SAP Education team in your local area. It is advisable to consult them on which instructors are the best.


Informal training on the other hand is all about self study. It will entail obtaining copies of the syllabus of the SAP Certification exam you wish to undertake. With the syllabus, you will be able to narrow down on the topics that are given more importance and which competency areas you need to demonstrate when you will eventually sit for your exams. You can then obtain the SAP study text material. These study text material often have questions at the end of each topic that you can attempt to actually demonstrate your mastery.


The Motions Of SAP Training Sessions


To get the best out of SAP training sessions, it is advisable to know exactly what you will cover. At the very basic, you will be required to learn implementation tools and methodologies, reporting and integration with Microsoft Office.


SAP Concepts To Learn


There are various SAP Concepts to learn regardless of which SAP Certification paper you plan to sit for. On Introduction to SAP, you will need to learn concepts such as SAP Overview, History of SAP Software, SAP System Architecture and WebAs, SAP R/3 Client Server Architecture, Three-Tiered Architecture, Enterprise Services Architecture, SAP Business Suite, mySAP ERP, SAP ECC, SAP Transactions and the Dispatcher Process. On SAP Implementation, you will go through Implementation Methodologies, ASAP (Accelerated SAP) Overview and IMG Basics.


SAP Certification Levels


SAP Education used to administer the same certification level for each paper. As such, everyone with a certificate in a particular SAP module or program was deemed to have the same capabilities. This of course did not augur well with the players in the industry. There was no distinct difference between expert SAP consultants and their novice counterparts. Fortunately, SAP Education unveiled a three-tiered certification program where prospective SAP consultants could obtain certification at the associate, professional and master levels. Consultants certified at the associate level are those who have demonstrated wide proficiency in particular SAP programs or modules. Consultants certified at the professional level demonstrate a more detailed understanding of SAP solutions. SAP Education is yet to unveil SAP Certification at the master level. If unveiled, this will be the highest level attainable by SAP consultants who demonstrate and expert level of understanding SAP solutions.


Narrowing Down On Which SAP Certification To Obtain


Most people undertake SAP training in a bid to sit for a particular SAP Certification exam. There are many SAP Certification exams such as SAP FI Certification, SAP SD Certification, SAP MM Certification and SAP BI Certification exams just to mention a few. You should opt to sit for SAP Certification exams for the SAP module(s) or system(s) that genuinely interest you.


The Benefits Of SAP Training


‘So what’s in it for me?’ you might ask yourself. A lot of debate has been raging in the recent past on whether SAP Training is really worth the time and money. Formal SAP Training administered by SAP Education or certified SAP Education partners certainly goes a long way in helping you pass your SAP exams. You should however also use resources such as SAP study text books, SAP SCN ( SAP Community Network) forums and the SAP Service Market Place. Whereas SAP training doesn’t guarantee you success in the tough SAP exams, it certainly helps you increase your chances of success.

 

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