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Old 29th February 2008, 01:29   #1
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One of my friend got selected by a leading software company as Technical Consultant in SAP-ERP area. He is an Engineer+MBA. He would like to know what would be his functions and assignments in the company. He is a fresher with immense of both technical and Management knowledge.

Your guidance would help him to go prepared for the job.

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Old 29th February 2008, 01:52   #2
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SAP ERP is an application from a company called SAP, it is an integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.

It is hard to give specifics of his functions or assignment since SAP ERP is broadly divided into 4 key functions which are namely SAP ERP Financials, SAP ERP Human Capital Management, SAP ERP Operations, SAP ERP Corporate Services

Don't know if it helps any, but if you want more detailed information you can probably try this site. SAP - ERP Software | Enterprise Resource Planning System - Summary It is the homepage for SAP-ERP. All the best
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He is a fresher with immense of both technical and Management knowledge.
Now that's what I call as an Oxymoron. I hope it is not his opinion, especially about the management knowledge, and even about technical knowledge.

But he doesn't really have to worry. No company would imagine a fresher to be an expert on anything. They would have picked him based on his potential, and not his expertise. They will train him intensively on SAP-ERP before expecting him to play the role of technical consultant. They will fail to do so only at their peril.

Therefore, ask him to quit worrying. And best of luck with his first job.
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Guys Please explain the role of "Technical Consultant" in this field
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One of my friend got selected by a leading software company as Technical Consultant in SAP-ERP area. He is an Engineer+MBA. He would like to know what would be his functions and assignments in the company.
Thats a good job and he will be trained for it first.
BTW, Does he have any other choice? then it makes sense to discuss further. If not he has no choice but to join the job onhand.

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He is a fresher with immense of both technical and Management knowledge.

Your guidance would help him to go prepared for the job.
Fresher has a skillset ZERO in the corporate world. It develops with experience. He is only hired based on his potential only. He has to justify to his potential by performing once he is into the job.
Nothing to worry.

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SAP market is not,so he should concentrate on ABAP programming skills.It will fetch him good rewards in the long run. As far as I know, ABAP is the core of SAP technical training.
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Default Ah IT Consultants...

Traditionally, a consultant used to be a highly experienced professional
who shared his long years of experience, with his clients, for a fee,
especially after retirement from an active job.

However, the term, "Consultant" has nowadays become a highly degraded euphemism, especially in the IT industry.

By definition, most employees of XYZ Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd., are assumed to be "consultants". Even a fresher is designated a "consultant".

Why Euphemism?
Because, all such a consultant is good for, is to consult his friends and seniors for their advice and help, in nearly every work situation.
So he consults only to improve his knowledge and usefulness in the next assignment, paid for by the previous one.

Consultants can be Technical Consultants
or Business Vertical Domain Consultants.
  • Technical Consultants share their experience of C, C++, Java, J2EE, Tibco, etc., across verticals.
  • Business Vertical Domain Consultants share their experience in an entire line-of-business: e.g. Banking, Finance, Insurance, Manufacturing, Telecom, Healthcare, etc.,.

    They may deploy the technical skills of their technical consultant counterparts to successfully close an assignment.
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A consultant is someone who learns more and more about less and less,
until one day, he knows everything about nothing!

A management consultant is one who infiltrates into your company, drinks your coffee, asks zillions of questions and learns everything from you and your colleagues. Finally he neatly formats it all into a pdf report, sells it back to you for an exorbitant fee and moves on to his next client.
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A consultant is someone who learns more and more about less and less,
until one day, he knows everything about nothing!

A management consultant is one who infiltrates into your company, drinks your coffee, asks zillions of questions and learns everything from you and your colleagues. Finally he neatly formats it all into a pdf report, sells it back to you for an exorbitant fee and moves on to his next client.
Oh, those were good ones and so true ...
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Consultants can be Technical Consultants
or Business Vertical Domain Consultants.
  • Technical Consultants share their experience of C, C++, Java, J2EE, Tibco, etc., across verticals.
  • Business Vertical Domain Consultants share their experience in an entire line-of-business: e.g. Banking, Finance, Insurance, Manufacturing, Telecom, Healthcare, etc.,.
In the current context,
- a Technical consultant will have to dabble in the DB and software installation and all such technology-implementation-specific issues (programming? forget it! at his level he doesn't know any)
- a Business consultant gets to talk "Use Cases" and "Business Rules" (scenarios), enough for the information to be collected and fed to the back-end ABAP guys, and do end-user training etc.

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A consultant is someone who learns more and more about less and less,
until one day, he knows everything about nothing!
In engineering terms: Lim knowledge->∞ areas->0!!!

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Guys Please explain the role of "Technical Consultant" in this field
In the IT field, the term "Consultant" is used in different contexts . In my previous organization , a consultant is some one in the same grade of a project manager and provides technical leadership to the team. In my current organization, a consultant denotes a (non-permanent )contractor from an external company.

Kindly advice your friend to consult the SAP HR to get more clarity about the role , they will happily oblige.

Just my two cents.
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