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February - 2006 - issue > Jobs in U.S.

Greener Pastures for Indian SAP Professionals

Sanjeev Jain
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Sanjeev Jain
Early last year when Oracle acquired PeopleSoft, businesses across the world were left with just two major Enterprise Resource Planning software makers Oracle and SAP. Since then, Oracle has grown by acquiring Siebel Software and a controlling stake in i-Flex.

Both Oracle and SAP have battled each other to capture the world's business markets and SAP has made great strides towards making its presence felt in the U.S.

Today, the Waldorff, Germany based SAP is betting strategic value outside its traditional markets in Europe and most of Asia i.e. U.S. A focus on increasing market share has yielded results. In the U.S. - the world’s biggest software market where SAP generates nearly a third of its revenues - SAP’s market share increased to 41 percent from 38 percent a quarter earlier and globally it rose to 58 percent from 55 percent.

Increasing market share has led to demand for SAP consultants in the U.S., which the country cannot fulfill. Indian SAP professionals looking for greener pastures abroad can tap the U.S. market. "The demand for SAP Consultants is good now in India and U.S. across all verticals," says Shaikh Arafath, a SAP consultant based in Bangalore.

However jobs are open for those with a good degree of exposure to SAP. One needs to have enough experience when it comes to functional exposure and experience. "The requirements for functional consultants is that they should have minimum 5 years of domain experience in relevant fields," says Arafath. However Kishore Dadlani, a Canada based SAP consultant says, "Functional experience over 10 years and exposure to 5 years is good for positions in SAP."

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