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Working As A SAP Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $101,780

    Average Salary

What Does A SAP 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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How To Become A SAP Consultant

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 Consultant Career Paths

SAP Consultant
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
SAP Project Manager Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Sap-Sd Consultant SAP MM Consultant Senior Consultant
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
SAP Fico Consultant Lead Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
SAP Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Sap-Sd Consultant Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Functional Analyst Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Sap-Sd Consultant 3.7 years
SAP BW Consultant 3.5 years
SAP MM Consultant 3.2 years
EDI Consultant 2.6 years
Functional Lead 2.5 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Sap/Abap Developer 2.4 years
Fico Consultant 2.4 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
Oracle Consultant 2.3 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
SAP Analyst 2.1 years
SAP Consultant 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 13.7%
Developer 2.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 12.3%

SAP Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

68.8%

Female

27.5%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

48.3%

Asian

35.0%

Hispanic or Latino

8.0%

Unknown

6.8%

Black or African American

1.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.4%

German

12.5%

French

12.5%

Portuguese

8.3%

Hindi

5.6%

Arabic

5.6%

Japanese

4.2%

Russian

4.2%

Urdu

4.2%

Chinese

2.8%

Turkish

1.4%

Telugu

1.4%

Dutch

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Serbian

1.4%

Czech

1.4%

Armenian

1.4%

Italian

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Croatian

1.4%
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SAP Consultant Education

Schools

More Tech Institute

10.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.9%

University of Houston

5.9%

Indiana Institute of Technology

5.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.9%

The Academy

5.3%

University of Phoenix

5.3%

Purdue University

5.3%

Florida State University

5.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.7%

Temple University

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

University of Texas at Austin

4.7%

University of Cincinnati

4.1%

Oakton Community College

4.1%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

DePaul University

3.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.6%

Central Michigan University

3.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.0%
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Majors

Business

18.9%

Computer Science

16.3%

Finance

9.1%

Accounting

7.4%

Electrical Engineering

5.6%

Information Technology

4.9%

Engineering

4.9%

Computer Applications

4.5%

Mechanical Engineering

3.6%

Management

3.4%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Industrial Engineering

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Information Systems

2.3%

Project Management

1.9%

Business/Commerce

1.7%

Marketing

1.6%

Supply Chain Management

1.5%

International Business

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.7%

Masters

38.6%

Other

9.4%

Certificate

2.1%

Diploma

1.8%

Associate

1.6%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.1%
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Real SAP Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Platinum SAP Consultant Itelligence, Inc. Ashburn, VA May 23, 2015 $126,360
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2011 $65,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 26, 2010 $65,000
SAP Consultant Business Pointers Incorporated Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $65,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Mar 30, 2012 $65,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 28, 2010 $65,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 03, 2011 $65,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2011 $64,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Apr 20, 2011 $64,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Aug 23, 2011 $64,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Oct 03, 2011 $64,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA May 03, 2011 $64,000
SAP Consultant Value Consulting Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 20, 2010 $64,000

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Top Skills for A SAP Consultant

SAPECCMasterDataBusinessProcessModuleMMBusinessRequirementsCustomSAPR/3Fi/CoAssetClassesAbapInterfacesLegacySystemGo-LiveProceduresGLWebFinancialCompanyCodeIdoc

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Top SAP Consultant Skills

  1. SAP ECC
  2. Master Data
  3. Business Process
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Involved in business discussions and functional requirements discussion to interface GTS and SAP ECC with Compliance management and customs management.
  • Configured of Payment Program including the Country code payment methods, maintenance of Vendor Master Data and Logistics Invoice Verification.
  • Worked together with the functional consultants to gather requirements and devise/test technical solutions for their business processes.
  • Developed the programs related with material management, plant maintenance and financial accounting modules.
  • Prepared project plans, reviews, scoping studies, weekly/ monthly meetings and participated in steering committee meetings.

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