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One of the questions I get asked a lot is how do I become a SAP consultant. My answer has always been. It is not easy. Most SAP consultants /experts are hatched in some form of trainee path. For two reasons.
1) Not access to systems. It used to cost 10.000-20.000€ to get a SAP license + hardware, OS and database licenses and installation support. It is not something that everybody can afford just to learn on.
2) You should have some real life cases to practice on.
For 1) it has now changed quite a lot. SAP is helping developers to get experiences with their tools. It does make a lot of sense from their perspective. The more people how know about using tools like Process Orchestration the easier it is to sell it. SAP started last year (if I remember) correctly with putting new products out for developers to try.
With the use of Amazon Web services it is easy for everybody to host a server, without having to know about tuning and installing any products. I was starting the SAP PO package and had opened my Integration Builder in 60 minutes, and I was even on the train with a shaky internet connection.
For the experience it is much harder to get at the moment. It will take time to get real customer experiences. But at least you can try it out now.
I have created a video where I detail some of the information about why the SAP PI/PO area is going to change a lot. I will encourage you to watch it and also share it anybody, who would like to be a PI/PO consultant.
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I see that we will be able to train even more PI consultants or for consultants in other areas; to make it much easier for companies to get their integration needs solved. I do hope that some of the downloads/ AWS images till make it possible.
About Daniel Graversen
Daniel is an experienced SAP Process Integration developer and has been working with the platform for over 8 years. He has been teaching many customers about how to use SAP PI and solved many different types of business cases. Daniel is an SAP Mentor, which is a position awarded to the most active persons in the SAP community.