How to Choose SAP Module?

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how to choose sap moduleThis is a very tricky question and it is very difficult to answer how to choose SAP module or what is the best SAP module to learn. This post assumes that you have some basic knowledge about SAP. If are not sure that you have this knowledge, I recommend to start with this post: SAP for Beginners. To answer this basic question, I shall try to make it simpler for you based on the experience.

Following are the factors to look for before opting for any SAP’s module as a career.

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Best SAP Module for Your Educational Background

Your educational background should help you in selecting and opting for the SAP module in your future career. Your educational background make it easier for you to understand the business processes and other traits of the field which you have been learning during your academic years. You will be speaking in the same language with the industry’s users and using same jargons. It is always difficult for both Consultant and Business User who do not share business background, to be on the same wavelength / frequency during discussions and process understanding can sometimes be difficult and time consuming at the same time. So, the educational aspect is important in thinking how to choose SAP module.

SAP Finance and Controlling Modules

If you have majors in Accounting, then SAP Financials (FI) should do the trick for you. If you have been studying Managerial Accounting, CA (Chartered Accountancy), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), CMA (Chartered Management Accountant) then SAP Controlling (CO) is highly recommended.

Ramp Up to New Dimensions

Once you have gained knowledge and experience in SAP FI and CO modules, there are chances for you to ramp up, elevate and scale up your career with SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (SAP BPC) module.

SAP Materials Management Module

If you have been studying Supply Chain Management with Storage techniques, Inventory Management, Procurement and Logistics, then SAP Materials Management (SAP MM) would be suitable.

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Ramp Up to New Dimensions

Once you have gained knowledge and experience in SAP MM, there are chances for you to ramp up, elevate and scale up your career with SAP ARIBA and SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM) modules which is a Business to Business (B2B) solution catering Procurement and Strategic sourcing solution.

SAP Sales and Distribution Module

If your majors are in Marketing, Sales Management, Distribution techniques, Channel Management, then SAP Sales & Distribution module should ideally be your preference.

Ramp Up to New Dimensions

Once you have gained knowledge and experience in SAP SD, there are chances for you to ramp up, elevate and scale up your career with SAP Hybris (y) and SAP Customer Relationship Management (CRM) modules.

SAP Production Planning and Plant Maintenance Modules

If you have an Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial Management) background, then SAP Production Planning (SAP PP) and SAP Plant Maintenance (SAP PM) will support your academics.

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Ramp Up to New Dimensions

Once you have gained knowledge and experience in SAP PP module, there are chances for you to ramp up, elevate and scale up your career with SAP Advanced Planning and Optimizer (SAP APO) module.

Once you have gained knowledge and experience in SAP PM module, there are chances for you to ramp up, elevate and scale up your career with SAP Equipment and Tools Management (SAP ETM) module.

SAP Quality Management Module

If you have been studying Pharmacy, Chemical Engineering, Statistics, Total Quality Management, then SAP Quality Management (SAP QM) would suffice your career in the said module.

SAP Project Systems (SAP PS) Module

Ideally background in SAP FI and CO with PMP (Project Management Professional) certification would certainly be a plus.

SAP Human Capital Management (SAP HCM) Module

If you have been studying Organizational Management, Comparative Management, Human Resource and Personnel Management then SAP HCM module will be your option.

Ramp Up to New Dimensions

Once you have gained knowledge and experience in SAP HCM module, there are chances for you to ramp up, elevate and scale up your career with SAP Success Factors (SAP SF) module, the HCM software for cloud based HR.

SAP NetWeaver (SAP BASIS) and ABAP

If computer programming, database and network administration have been your prime interests and prime educational background, then NetWeaver (SAP BASIS) and Programming and software designing (SAP ABAP) should be your first preference.

Ramp Up to New Dimensions

Once you have gained knowledge and experience in SAP BASIS module, there are chances for you to ramp up, elevate and scale up your career with SAP Governance, Risk and Compliance (SAP GRC) module. Once you have gained knowledge and experience in SAP ABAP module, there are chances for you to ramp up, elevate and scale up your career with SAP Fiori which is newly introduced dimension in personalized and simple User experience (UX) for SAP applications and Fiori Apps development.

Best SAP Module Depending on Your Interests

We have covered and you have gone through which module would complement your SAP module selection based on the educational aspect while thinking and deciding how to choose SAP module to opt for, if you wish to proceed your career in SAP implementation and consultancy.

Please note, that this is not the final word. You can still opt for any SAP module even if it doesn’t have any connection with your degree or educational background. I have seen and worked with a colleague who has a degree in medicine but is a SAP Technical Consultant and another example of a colleague with Medicine background and is a successful SAP Functional Supply Chain Consultant.

Hence, if you wish to proceed with a module in which you don’t have backing of your academics and you still have an interest in it, please go for it. At the end of the day, business process understanding and user interaction and handling is all that counts.

Basic Business Processes Understanding

Before you opt for any module, it is advisable to gain generic Business Process Understanding. If you have industry specific business process understanding, then its nothing but a value addition. For example, if you wish to opt for Materials Management, then ideally you should understand Procurement, Inventory Management, Vendor evaluation etc. processes. Similarly, Sales and Distribution Sales Processes, converting prospects into clients, Pricing and Discounts, making good available to the Customer, i.e. shipment options, complaints management.

Personal Recommendations

Everybody is different and have different educational and professional background. We tried to explain how to choose SAP module depending on various factors and hope that our recommendations will be helpful. We will also be happy to provide informal consultations about how to choose SAP module at our SAP forum. Register on the forum and post your query. We will do our best to answer it as soon as possible.

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20 thoughts on “How to Choose SAP Module?”

  1. I am an MBA professional with 12+ Years of experience in International Logistics/Freight forwarding. I want to do SAP course …pls advise which will be suitable for me.

  2. The SAP Module you choose I think should be based on what area of a company you like, or what your previous experience is.

    Once you have a clear picture of what you like , that decision will be easy.

  3. i have completed in b.com but i have experince in logistics . but i want carrier in logistics plz give me solution i am doing SAP MM course it’s better for me or not .

  4. Hi ,

    I’m a Soft Quality Analyst (Manual)with 5 years of exp and decent programming knowledge. Which SAP module should I opt ?

    Thanks

  5. I am a fresh graduate from Kenya with less than an year experience in supply chain field. Kindly advise me on your training center and your charges for mm module.

  6. Hi,

    Currently i am working in the SAP HANA implementation and Operation area. Which SAP Certification i can opt for?

    Thanks,
    Bharat G.

  7. Hi,

    currently working as a talent acquisition team with 1-year experience and I am looking for SAP success factors or else is there any suggestions to my experience.

  8. I am a Bsc Computer Science Graduate and having 5 years experienced in warehouse. What SAP module is easy for me to learn. I would like to study either ABAP or MM.

    1. Hi Mr.Maideen

      Appreciations to your interest towards SAP and hopefully, you would have taken a decision to go with SAP MM.Your profile deserved it promote yourself into SAP MM Consulting.

      Since you are aware of Inventory management and hope in other business activities like Procurement etc, approach the SAP Authorized center’s to have a proper training and go simultaneously interact with real time SAP Consultants/SAP MM Trainer to learn the real time scenarios.

      Do some research on SAP MM, which is very vital in Manufacturing and Trading industries. Very important module in SAP ERP, as mainly dealing with Procurement & Inventory Management than other sub functions.

      Regards

  9. I have completed MS at environmental science in Germany however what will better for me in case of SAP according my field. many many thanks for your response.

  10. I completed my MTech (IT) and working as a database administrator using fundraising databases. I would like to switch to SAP working environment. Which module will suit me to find a job in Admin/customer service / database area?? or which module has more job opportunities , then I’ll go for that !

  11. Hi I am currently working in a IT environment, I have a little bit of experience on SAP from my previous employer in the FMCG environment, Now I am interested in a course on SAP under Supply Chain.
    Please advise what can I do to get to do it?

  12. Hi i’ve been in the Retail industry for over 13years, i’m an I.t manager and have experience with Sales/ Group leadership/ Client relations/ Hardware and Software Implementation and support/ Business management Control Knowledge along with Many Certifications (A+,N+, MCSE, MCSA, CISCO, LINUX, NOVEL, BUSINESS PROJECT MANAGEMENT) but unfortunately no Programming Language Knowledge, just so confused as to which Certification/ Course to choose, help please.

  13. I am working in telecom domain .Specially in ISP domain in customer operations for the last 17 years .I want to know which SAP module is suitable for me .Currently I am working as BASIC SERVICE OPERATORS ..RELATIONSHIP SHIP MANAGER.

  14. i have completed my b.sc graduation in physics mathematics and chemistry
    which module of SAP is suitable for me plz reply

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