October 15, 2013 Leave a comment
Recently I have met lot of people who are working as Test Engineer/Testing Manager in IT companies and who are looking for a shift in career to SAP. Most of them are not aware about what is Testing Career in SAP consulting and they assume a role similar to their existing one to be available in SAP.
One thing which was common in most of the interaction was related to the role they will have to play/available to them in SAP consulting.
I always suggest them to first understand the following before deciding on SAP Career shift :
- What is an SAP Project.. whether it is implementation, support, upgrade etc…
- What is the role of Functional,Technical (ABAP,Basis…)Consultant in SAP project
- Then try to understand what is a typical Testing job available in SAP.
There is no role as a General Tester in SAP project , but it will be always a testing role for a particular module. It can also be a testing role for ABAP, Authorization control testing, Performance Testing etc…Thus the pre-requisite will be always the knowledge about that module, technical area.
Let us take an example of a requirement for SAP SD Testing job:
Minimum xx to xx years of Testing experience in Order to Cash Process of SD
Strong functional knowledge of SAP SD processes
Working knowledge of SD is preferred
Strong knowledge of Testing Process, Testing Tools and Quality Policy/Processes
OR see another senior level HCM Testing job requirements:
QA Lead – IT(SAP HR/HCM )
testing experience on SAP HR/HCM (PA, OM, PT & PY).
testing experience on interfacing applications like SuccessFactors, Kronos & Taleo.
experience in test plan, test execution strategy, status reports
Strong understanding of project management or software development life-cycle methodologies (ASAP, Waterfall & Agile).
Excellent knowledge of HP Quality Center test management tool and the structure of test artifacts (test cases, scripts, results and defects) within the tool.
It is very essential that, they first have to get into one of the SAP module or Technical area and then specialize in SAP Testing .
The module or Technical area to be decided based on individual qualification, experience & liking etc….(Pl. Refer to my earlier posts)