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Working As A SAP BW Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does A SAP BW 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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SAP BW Consultant Career Paths

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Customer Relationship Management Manager
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BI Architect Architect Data Architect
Lead Data Architect
7 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sap/Abap Developer
Senior SAP Abap Consultant
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Principal Consultant Solutions Architect
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9 Yearsyrs
BI Architect Data Architect Senior Data Analyst-
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6 Yearsyrs
Senior SAP Consultant Lead Consultant Solutions Architect
Business Solutions Architect
10 Yearsyrs
Sap/Abap Developer Senior SAP Abap Consultant
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BI Consultant Business Consultant Senior Business Consultant
Business Intelligence Lead
8 Yearsyrs
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Solutions Manager
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6 Yearsyrs
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SAP BW Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

61.3%

Female

23.8%

Unknown

14.9%
Ethnicity

White

38.4%

Asian

35.4%

Hispanic or Latino

10.1%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

6.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.1%

Hindi

17.4%

French

8.7%

Urdu

8.7%

Russian

8.7%

Swedish

4.3%

Portuguese

4.3%

Telugu

4.3%

Ukrainian

4.3%

German

4.3%

Danish

4.3%

Gujarati

4.3%
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SAP BW Consultant Education

Schools

George Washington University

13.2%

More Tech Institute

10.4%

University of Houston

7.5%

Georgia State University

5.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.7%

National Technological University

5.7%

University of Cincinnati

5.7%

Indiana Institute of Technology

4.7%

Oklahoma State University

4.7%

The Academy

4.7%

University of Phoenix

3.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.8%

University of Florida

2.8%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

2.8%

Texas Tech University

2.8%

Wayne State University

2.8%

Central Michigan University

2.8%

Pennsylvania State University

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.5%

Electrical Engineering

12.7%

Business

11.9%

Engineering

9.8%

Computer Engineering

8.5%

Information Technology

7.7%

Computer Applications

6.5%

Mechanical Engineering

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Information Systems

2.4%

Finance

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Management Information Systems

1.5%

Information Sciences

1.0%

Project Management

1.0%

Computer Networking

1.0%

Management

1.0%

Management Science

0.9%

Industrial Technology

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.9%

Masters

40.5%

Other

5.8%

Diploma

2.1%

Certificate

0.8%

Associate

0.8%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Highest Paying State
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How much does a SAP BW Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a SAP BW Consultant in the United States is $89,755 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $63,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $127,000.

Real SAP BW Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAP BI Consultant Matchpoint Consulting Group LLC Cherry Hill, NJ Dec 21, 2015 $150,264
SAP BW Consultant Fortira, Inc. Collegeville, PA Oct 09, 2016 $150,000
SAP BI BEX and BPC Reporting Consultant Anthem Systems LLC Kansas City, KS Jun 15, 2016 $130,438
Lead SAP Bw/Hana Consultant Questpay, Inc. Metuchen, NJ Mar 16, 2016 $123,490
Senior SAP BW Consultant Krypt Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 20, 2015 $123,000
Principal SAP BI Consultant Visual Bi Solutions, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK May 14, 2016 $120,000
SAP BW Consultant Globonix Chicago, IL Jan 16, 2015 $120,000
SAP BW Senior Consultant Dunn Solutions Group Inc. Skokie, IL Feb 01, 2016 $116,000
SAP BW Consultant Krypt, Inc. Maplewood, MN Jul 01, 2015 $109,000
SAP Bw/Hana Consultant Ark Solutions, Inc. Reston, VA Aug 17, 2016 $105,000
SAP Bw/Hana Consultant T-Systems North America, Inc. Frisco, TX Mar 14, 2016 $104,000
Senior SAP BI Consultant Teklink International, Inc. Naperville, IL Jan 28, 2016 $100,000 -
$125,000
Senior SAP BI Consultant Teklink International, Inc. Naperville, IL May 01, 2016 $100,000 -
$125,000
SAP BI Consultant IBM India Private Limited Houston, TX Jun 18, 2016 $82,763
Senior SAP BI Consultant Teklink International Inc. Richmond, VA Aug 12, 2015 $82,000 -
$100,000
Senior SAP BI Consultant Teklink International Inc. Oakbrook Terrace, IL Jan 19, 2015 $82,000 -
$125,000
Senior SAP BI Consultant Teklink International Inc. Northfield, IL Jan 19, 2015 $82,000 -
$125,000
Senior SAP BI Consultant Teklink International Inc. Moline, IL Aug 12, 2015 $82,000 -
$100,000
Senior SAP BI Consultant Teklink International Inc. Elmhurst, IL Mar 22, 2015 $82,000 -
$130,000
Senior SAP BI Consultant Teklink International Inc. Vernon Hills, IL Mar 22, 2015 $82,000 -
$130,000
SAP BW Consultant IBM India Private Limited Houston, TX Aug 06, 2015 $81,869
SAP BI Senior Consultant IBM India Private Limited Allentown, PA Oct 03, 2015 $73,650 -
$79,390
SAP BI Senior Consultant IBM India Private Limited Allentown, PA Mar 10, 2015 $73,650 -
$79,390
Senior SAP Bw/Bi Lead Consultant Broadgate, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jun 05, 2015 $73,445
SAP BI Consultant Teklink International Inc. White Plains, NY Aug 25, 2016 $73,000 -
$90,000
SAP BW Hana Consultant Tachyon Technologies LLC Irving, TX Apr 13, 2015 $73,000 -
$90,000
SAP BI Consultant Teklink International Inc. East Hanover, NJ Aug 25, 2016 $73,000 -
$90,000
SAP BI Consultant Teklink International Inc. Deerfield, IL Aug 25, 2016 $73,000 -
$90,000

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  • Developed customer exit for variables and coded in user exit for BEX reporting.
  • Gathered information from business users to understand the business strategic plans.
  • Created the Analysis and reports for the models using the SAP Business Objects Analysis for Office (Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Applied security and administration by creating the users and roles for the organizational level visibility.
  • Worked on reviewing web intelligence reports and updating System integration Testing Documents.

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