Saturday, August 31, 2013

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Mr. Rajesh works as a SAP Basis Consultant with a German Company

This is Rajesh working as SAP BASIS Technical Consultant with a German'y biggest Chemical industry on payrolls of India's IT giant, He has around 10 years of professional experience, Started his Career as a Support Consultant and after serving in few different roles, grew up to become as a SAP Basis Technical  lead Consultant, People who are into SAP background can look into details of his profession , Interview with Mr. Rajesh Kanwar throws light on the ifs and buts of a SAP Basis Technical Consultant.

CT: Tell Us About You?
I am Rajesh Kanwar and I am working as SAP BASIS Technical consultant. I had been working in several roles within the same technical background. Started my career as support consultant then steadily moved into different roles like Technical lead, Project technical coordinator, On-site technical co-ordinator, Project lead etc. Have been working with world's industry biggest corporations and reputed MNC's. 

CT: About Your Profession (SAP Basis Consultant) in Few Lines
It’s been an exciting time for me in my career as a SAP consultant.

My current role involves timely and continuous interaction with various modules who if facing technical challenges and helping them immediately. Also on the other end managing the team and ensuring that SLA's and KPI's are being met.Interaction between customer, supplier and my team.

As a SAP Basis Administrator Tasks will be:
Monitor and ensure performance of SAP systems, including troubleshooting andcreating backups.Integrate SAP with other supporting systems to reduce end- user disruption. Install, configure and maintain SAP systems,including upgrades. Also on the other end managing the team and ensuring that SLA's and KPI's are being met. 

CT:  On a scale of 1-5, how do you rate the following?
( 1= bad, 2= not good, 3= average, 4= good, 5 =excellent)
1. Career Growth - 3
2. Job Nature - 4
3. Job Satisfaction - 4
4. Challenge - 4
5. Respect and Fame -5

CT: Tell us about working hours of a SAP Basis Consultant ?
Especially in my field timings should be strictly followed and the work load can never expected. Mostly the timings for this role will be 24*7. So we have to manage accordingly. 

CT :DO you engage in Work related activities after working hours?
Yes. Till you work as a Technical consultant..

CT: Things you like about Being a SAP Basis Consultant?
Very Challenging and interesting topics.
New challenges every time.
Individual recognition can be done easily.

CT: Things you don't like about being a SAP Basis Consultant?
Time factor.

CT: Work Location and Job Availability in Different Countries?
Germany is current location. Ample positions available world wide.

CT: Please explain us typically,how career graph of a SAP Basis Consultant?

Basis Architect
After working as a SAP Basis administrator for few years, you can move into Basis lead or a Basis architect role. This will allow you to gradually move from being an individual contributor to a lead role. Usually, you will be leading a team of Basis administrators and will be leading the work planning efforts and contributing toward some of the architectural decisions.

Technical Architect
The next step in the career ladder is the SAP technical architect. SAP technical architects usually come from a SAP Basis background.  These professionals will lay out the design guidelines and framework for any new SAP solutions & makesure that they comply with the enterprise standards and mesh well with the     corporate datacenter. Being a SAP technical architect is a much broader respon-sibility than the Basis administrator or Basis architect role, and gives you exposure to senior IT management in your organization.

CT: Skills or qualities required to become a SAP Basis Consultant?
SAP BASIS, Netweaver with DB Background.
Aggressive and smart thinking is always needed. 
Operating System and/or Database certifications will be helpful 
These days SAP certification is added value and recommended too

CT:Your suggestion to aspirants,who want to be a SAP Basis Consultant?
In day to day life, I came across several professionals who have secret wish to enter SAP arena which is one of the most lucrative as well rewarding career option. Before few years I was also part of that crowd. 

If you were a good sysadmin, you probably will be a good basis admin. But be aware, compared to a simple unix admin or dba the SAP basis covers a much wider area. So you have to be open for new stuff and able to handle problems that cannot be solved with google around. 

There are 3 levels in support, Level-1 means Customer Care, Level -2 means Mid level or the 1st level for Technical experts, then Level -3 support where highly skilled experts or say SME's are involved. So never in any interview say you were into Level 1 support . Because the manager who takes the final round of interview (THE guy with whom you bargain your hike ) in India don't know the SAP jagrons but he surely knows these SLA and ITIL related facts. 

CT:How to become a SAP Basis Consultant ?
B.Tech or M.S
SAP certification is added value. 

CT: Name 5 top companies who Offers jobs for SAP Basis Consultant?
Top IT Giants like SAP, Mahindra Satyam, Infosys, Wipro, TCS and many more

Career Teacher Thanks Mr. Rajesh Kanwar for his valuable time and Suggestions