The ERP technical skills career path has 2 main areas - ERP software skills (both generic & platform specific) & ERP operations & administration.
ERP Software Skills - Generic and Platform Specific
ERP software design and development - Understanding technical aspects of specific ERP environment specific software .e.g SAP - Basis, existing ERP software modules and generic software knowledge.
A background experience of software analysis, design, programming, testing skills in databases, languages (both generic languages like SQL and ERP software specific languages) may be required.
Software people with analysis, design, programming and testing Experience can choose the ERP technical software design and development function or the ERP operations function as a possible career path.
ERP Platform Operations and Administration .
ERP Platform - hardware, networks, operating systems, databases, ERP software specific operations and ddministration. (e.g. SAP Basis).
People who have had experience in maintaining IT infrastructures of organizations either as systems ddministrators, EDP incharge, systems engineers, hardware maintenance engineers with knowledge of hardware, operating systems and networks etc can perhaps consider careers in ERP platform operations and administration. Since these are mainly live operations oriented types of careers, a strong software exposure may not be essential, though it is always useful. Logical thinking is a huge advantage.
Generic ERP Technical Knowledge
Tip ! One path of evolution from specific Technical knowledge is towards Technology - independent generic thoughts at higher levels of abstraction. Understanding of generic technology layers helps in migrating from one ERP Environment to another. It is also useful when the ERP operational data of one organization needs to be integrated with that of another. This is a very common use case in today's dynamic flat world globally competitive economic environment.
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