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Working As A SAP Technical Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A SAP Technical 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 Technical 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 Technical Consultant jobs

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SAP Technical Consultant Career Paths

SAP Technical Consultant
Technology Architect Data Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
SAP BW Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Information Technology Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Project Manager Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Consultant Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Consultant Project Manager Program Manager
Global Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
SAP BW Consultant SAP Consultant Senior Consultant
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
SAP Consultant Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Systems Manager Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Production Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Senior Quality Assurance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
SAP Consultant SAP Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior SAP Consultant Lead Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior SAP Consultant SAP Project Manager Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Project Leader Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Senior Project Manager Product Management Director
Vice President-Products
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
SAP BW Consultant 3.5 years
SAP MM Consultant 3.2 years
Sap/Abap Developer 2.4 years
SAP Consultant 2.3 years
Abap-Developer 2.1 years
Abap Consultant 2.1 years
SAP Analyst 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.5%
Developer 2.6%
Programmer 2.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.2%

SAP Technical Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

70.8%

Female

25.6%

Unknown

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

46.6%

Asian

40.9%

Hispanic or Latino

6.8%

Unknown

4.1%

Black or African American

1.6%
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Languages Spoken

French

23.1%

German

15.4%

Spanish

15.4%

Swedish

7.7%

Danish

7.7%

Chinese

7.7%

Portuguese

7.7%

Hindi

7.7%

Navajo

7.7%
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SAP Technical Consultant Education

Schools

More Tech Institute

21.5%

Indiana Institute of Technology

7.7%

University of Houston

6.2%

University of Texas at Austin

6.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.6%

DePaul University

4.6%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.6%

National College

4.6%

Texas A&M University

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%

Saint John's University - New York

3.1%

Southern Methodist University

3.1%

Texas Tech University

3.1%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.1%

Drexel University

3.1%

University of Pennsylvania

3.1%

Computer Institute of Technology

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

26.0%

Electrical Engineering

10.2%

Engineering

10.0%

Business

8.0%

Computer Applications

7.6%

Computer Engineering

6.7%

Information Technology

5.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Mechanical Engineering

3.3%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Finance

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Information Systems

2.0%

Management

1.6%

Industrial Engineering

1.6%

Marketing

1.3%

Accounting

1.3%

Project Management

1.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.1%

Communication

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.2%

Masters

38.2%

Other

8.6%

Diploma

2.5%

Certificate

1.5%

Associate

1.3%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Real SAP Technical Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAP GTS Technical Consultant Krypt, Inc. Maplewood, MN May 05, 2016 $150,705
SAP Technical Consultant Quantumsoft Solutions, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 25, 2016 $150,000
Pi-Enabling Technologies-Sap Mngr., Wm/Ewm Functional Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Wichita, KS Feb 12, 2015 $130,000
SAP Technical Consultant (Software Engineer) Krypt, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 14, 2015 $127,480
SAP Technical Consultant Perint Sarimba, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 16, 2015 $126,630
SAP Technical Consultant USM Business Systems, Inc. Chantilly, VA Feb 23, 2015 $125,000
SAP Solution Manager Technical Consultant Resource Logistics, Inc. Issaquah, WA May 07, 2016 $120,000
Technical SAP Consultant Quinnox, Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 10, 2016 $118,000
Principal SAP SCM Technology Consultant GOPA It Consultants Inc. San Mateo, CA Jan 05, 2015 $118,000
Principal SAP SCM Technology Consultant GOPA It Consultants Inc. San Mateo, CA Dec 02, 2016 $118,000
SAP Technical Consultant ATOS It Solutions and Services, Inc. NY Apr 24, 2015 $116,813
SAP Technical Consultant Lion Re:Sources, Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 17, 2016 $115,000
SAP Technical Consultant Attune Consulting USA, Inc. Burlington, MA Oct 14, 2015 $115,000
SAP Technical Consultant IBM India Private Limited Houston, TX Jun 08, 2016 $81,837
SAP Technical Consultant IBM India Private Limited Milwaukee, WI Dec 07, 2016 $81,837
SAP Technical Consultant IBM India Private Limited Vernon Hills, IL Oct 01, 2015 $81,837
SAP Technical Consultant IBM India Private Limited Warrenville, IL Oct 08, 2016 $81,837
Technical Consultant-SAP Disaster Recovery Libelle LLC Atlanta, GA Sep 29, 2015 $81,827
SAP Technical Consultant Evantage Solutions Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 21, 2015 $81,619 -
$96,762
SAP Technology Functional Consultant IBM India Private Limited Englewood Cliffs, NJ Aug 05, 2015 $81,315
SAP Technical Consultant IBM India Private Limited Bridgewater, NJ Aug 02, 2015 $80,895
SAP Process Integration Technical Consultant IBM India Private Limited Chesterbrook, PA Jul 06, 2015 $73,923
SAP Bods Technical Consultant IBM India Private Limited Torrance, CA Jul 26, 2015 $73,445
SAP Technical Consultant IBM India Private Limited Torrance, CA Jun 18, 2015 $73,445
SAP Technical Consultant IBM India Private Limited Torrance, CA Jun 24, 2015 $73,445
SAP Technical Consultant IBM India Private Limited Torrance, CA Jun 29, 2015 $73,445
SAP Technical Consultant IBM India Private Limited Torrance, CA Aug 13, 2015 $73,445
SAP Technical Consultant IBM India Private Limited Torrance, CA Aug 05, 2015 $73,445

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Top Skills for A SAP Technical Consultant

FunctionModuleMaterialMasterSAPECCSAPAbapCustomProgramIdocPurchaseOrderSAPR/3DeliveryWebBDCInterfacesFi/CoUserExitsALVBapiMasterDataBadiLegacySystemPrintProgram

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Top SAP Technical Consultant Skills

  1. Function Module
  2. Material Master
  3. SAP ECC
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed a Function Module to show File Open Dialog and Load the Flat file to a internal table directly.
  • Loaded Material Master Data into SAP R/3 using MM01 transaction.
  • SAP ECC 6.0 modules implemented for Sales and Finance areas.
  • Worked on SAP ABAP development.
  • Developed a custom program to upload different flat file loads to various info cubes.

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