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Career as an ABAP Developer or SAP ABAP Development Manager

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There are immense opportunities for a professional if one wants to make a career as ABAP developer or SAP ABAP development manager. ABAP is one of the application specific fourth generation languages used for creating programs for client-server R/3 systems. The ABAP programs reside in SAP database and are not stored as separate external files like Java or C++. ABAP programs exist in two types one is source code which can be edited and another binary representation of source code. ABAP has two components one is runtime system which process ABAP statements, controls flow logic and execute events, another is database interface which convert open SQL statements into native SQL statements to interact with SAP database.

An ABAP developer shall posses good knowledge of relational database management system, object oriented programming and shall be able to write correct code using ABAP commands. An ABAP developer can work as independent programmer or with any company using SAP products. ABAP developer plays an important role during the implementation of SAP ERP in customizing the product according to clients need hence SAP ERP resellers provide career opportunities for ABAP developers. SAP users need ABAP developers to make necessary changes in the processes or for enhanced reporting, an ABAP developer can retrieve the data from SAP database and can present it in user desired format for better understanding. ABAP developer shall possess bachelor's degree and excellent programming skills with complete knowledge of writing bug free programs using ABAP commands.

SAP ABAP development manager is senior level profile compared to ABAP developer in terms of role and responsibility. An ABAP developer after sufficient years of experience in his career can become ABAP development manager where he has to play a crucial role in SAP ERP implementation and customization by shouldering responsibilities of not only writing or managing the team of ABAP programmers to write the programs but also to design functional requirements of the customer, translating business requirements to SAP functional design, creating test designs and test scripts, troubleshooting, conducting functional and technical reviews etc.

To make career as SAP ABAP development manger one should possess complete knowledge of SAP systems and ABAP programming. Should have good command over SQL and PL/SQL development, good communication skills written and verbal, experience of SAP deployment on various platforms and substantial experience with particular SAP modules can benefit a professional in growing his career as ABAP development manager.

SAP ABAP development manager can find career opportunities not only with SAP ERP resellers but also as an independent consultant who can actively participate in the implementation cycle and later can provide support to the user by his experience and designs to make ERP work efficiently and conveniently for the user. With the change in market trends and demands, every ERP user need reports in different formats and more efficient analytical tools are required, ABAP development manager can provide these solutions to SAP users. To make a career as SAP ABAP development manager one should possess a technical bachelor's degree, programming skills, sufficient experience as ABAP developer and good experience in SAP implementation on different platforms.

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