To accelerate your career, you need to demonstrate that you are part of an elite group that has the talent and experience required to optimize SAP software.
"The focus is on growth, margin and innovation. It has to be kept in mind that all three have to be dealt [with] simultaneously"
And the established thought is from SAP's co-founder and chairman Hasso Plattner
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Is there a relation between the Passing thought and the one that is Established?
Here it is - Expect that SAP will keep throwing new hats in the ring, those who are trying to be the SAP Guru have to do two things without fail:
ONE - Make sure you know inside out about the project that you are working on or ever worked upon.
TWO - The new technologies in SAP are exciting, keeping oneself updated with them is a good thing but getting overwhelmed by them will do no good, and quiet a few of the ideas that SAP proposes fizzes out when the response is not great from the target audience.
THREE - Keep looking for ways to learn on your own, it gives unique perspective - it requires going through SDN, SAP Help Documents, Course Materials, Practicing on Sandbox and interacting over the highly informative forums. Try to keep everything focused else its easy to lose the days without gaining a sharp edge.
e.g.: You never know a small upgrade or maintenance you did on integration of Flex PLM with SAP could make you one rare ABAP guy hard to find.
Once the project is finished and you are well into another heated project, connecting the dots is so much tougher, not denying the post-closure analysis or the learnings during enhancement, but the best learnings are in chaos, when there is no time to document, the skills to use are learnt on a fly. Learning from the same task done by two different person could be fairly different based on the attention level and tools used to keep a record of learnings.
Make a list of things you completed while in your last project, go through the blue Print as a checklist and see if you have covered all or most of the things. Understanding the bigger picture and the overview of technical solutions for the problems faced.