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Working As An ERP Consultant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $74,859

    Average Salary

What Does An ERP Consultant Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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ERP Consultant Career Paths

ERP Consultant
SAP Consultant Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Project Analyst Project Manager/Analyst
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Sap-Sd Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Senior Business Analyst Service Delivery Manager
Director, Service Delivery
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Program Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Office Manager Human Resources Generalist
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
SAP Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Program Manager Business Development Director
Solutions Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
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ERP Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

69.4%

Female

25.9%

Unknown

4.7%
Ethnicity

White

43.7%

Asian

31.1%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Black or African American

8.9%

Unknown

6.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

17.6%

Spanish

17.6%

Portuguese

11.8%

German

11.8%

Hindi

11.8%

Irish

5.9%

Turkish

5.9%

Vietnamese

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

Arabic

5.9%
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ERP Consultant Education

Schools

Villanova University

9.6%

University of Houston

9.6%

Harvard University

5.8%

Pennsylvania State University

5.8%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.8%

Middle Tennessee State University

5.8%

George Mason University

5.8%

University of Connecticut

3.8%

University of Florida

3.8%

Thunderbird School of Global Management

3.8%

Western Governors University

3.8%

Western Michigan University

3.8%

San Jose State University

3.8%

Boston University

3.8%

Texas Tech University

3.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.8%

Duquesne University

3.8%

Indiana Institute of Technology

3.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.8%
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Majors

Business

20.9%

Computer Science

13.0%

Accounting

9.6%

Finance

7.3%

Information Technology

6.3%

Management

5.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.3%

Computer Applications

4.7%

Engineering

4.3%

Management Information Systems

3.3%

Information Systems

3.0%

Project Management

2.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Business/Commerce

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Industrial Technology

1.3%

Supply Chain Management

1.3%

Chemical Engineering

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

41.0%

Bachelors

38.5%

Other

12.1%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

2.4%

Doctorate

1.9%

Associate

1.3%
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Real ERP Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Principal ERP Consultant Caci-APG, LLC Bethesda, MD Oct 29, 2015 $125,000
ERP Consultant Astir It Solutions Inc. Cleveland, OH Jan 09, 2015 $110,000
ERP Consultant Astir It Solutions, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Jan 20, 2016 $107,120
SAP ERP Consultant Accounting Micro Systems San Francisco, CA Jun 20, 2016 $103,730
Senior Principal ERP Consultant Caci-APG, LLC Bethesda, MD Apr 15, 2016 $103,522 -
$173,810
SR. ERP Consultant Polaris Consulting and Services Ltd Piscataway, NJ Oct 08, 2016 $101,400
Principal ERP Consultant Caci-APG, LLC Bethesda, MD Jul 06, 2015 $95,742 -
$144,840
ERP Consultant ISI-Dentsu of America, Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $92,000
Senior Oracle ERP Consultant & Analyst Erp Analysts, Inc. Parkton, NC Nov 07, 2015 $92,000
Senior Oracle ERP Consultant & Analyst Erp Analysts, Inc. Parkton, NC Jul 11, 2015 $92,000
ERP Consultant Ciber, Inc. Amherst, NY Apr 04, 2016 $91,000
ERP Consultant Astir It Solutions Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jan 08, 2016 $90,000
ERP Consultant IBM India Private Limited New York, NY Jul 13, 2016 $83,375
Peoplesoft ERP Consultant Advance Digital Systems Inc. Fairfax, VA Sep 19, 2016 $82,534
ERP Consultant ISI-Dentsu of America, Inc. New York, NY Sep 03, 2015 $80,995
ERP Consultant Astir It Solutions Inc. Plymouth, MN Jun 30, 2015 $80,000
ERP Consultant Astir It Solutions Inc. Wilmington, DE May 13, 2015 $79,200
SR. ERP Consultant Polaris Software Lab (India) Ltd. Iselin, NJ Mar 11, 2015 $79,102
ERP Consultant Calsoft Systems Schaumburg, IL Mar 23, 2016 $76,000
ERP Consultant Astir It Solutions Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 06, 2015 $75,100
ERP Consultant Osair Technologies LLC Clifton, VA Nov 08, 2016 $70,762
ERP Consultant Suntechpros Inc. Mason, OH Nov 16, 2015 $70,000
ERP Consultant Suntechpros Inc. Morrisville, NC Jan 09, 2015 $70,000
ERP Consultant People Tech Group Inc. Conshohocken, PA Dec 22, 2015 $70,000
ERP Consultant Suntechpros Inc. Jamestown, NC Jul 20, 2016 $70,000
ERP Consultant Suntechpros Inc. Morrisville, NC Sep 01, 2015 $70,000
ERP Consultant Dimension Consulting Alpharetta, GA Sep 11, 2015 $70,000

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  1. Business Requirements
  2. Financial Modules
  3. Process Improvement
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  • Work closely with Avon's architects and analysts to translate business requirements to functional specification document.
  • Provided expert assistance to users of Edison financial modules.
  • Continue process improvement; Statistical Inventory Analysis Tool development to calculate the Inventory Turns for 6 and 12 months.
  • Implemented Oracle Incentive Compensation for 2010 fiscal year for 200+ sales force - Developed custom reports using HTML, SQL and PL/SQL
  • Lead Resource for Procurement and Inventory Management Modules.

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