SAP is a German multinational corporation and the number one creator of business software solutions globally. SAP provides enterprise software that manages business operations and customer relationships. The company is the third largest independent software vendor in the world behind Microsoft and Oracle.
SAP is an acronym of Systeme, Andwendungen, Produkte in der Dataeverarbeitung, or Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing when translated into English. The company was started in 1972 by five former IBM employees with the goal of providing a corporate database for a comprehensive range of applications. It now supports almost 300,000 customers in 190 countries. SAP headquarters are in Walldorf, western Germany, and additional offices are located in a further 130 countries.
The SAP suite of products is extensive, including product categories such as:
Supply Chain Management (SCM)
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERM)
Supplier Relationship Management (SRM).
Owing to the substantial size of the SAP business, and the broad product range, comprehension of SAP products provides diverse employment opportunities.
A key differentiator of SAP from the majority of other software companies is the adoption of its programming language. ABAP, or Advanced Business Application Programming, was first released in the 1980s and remains central to SAP development. In 1999 an Object Oriented extension to ABAP was released called ABAP Objects. NetWeaver, SAP's development platform supports both ABAP and Java.
Roles for SAP system experts range from system administrators, analysts, developers, data scientists, DevOps Engineers, to SAP architects. Typically, a Bachelor's degree is the minimum education requirement to pursue a software development career, usually in computer technology or a related field. Several SAP job postings now also favor Master’s degree qualified candidates.
Specific industry knowledge is also a useful inclusion. Business or finance knowledge is particularly beneficial for aspiring SAP developers. Relevant industry certifications are supplied by SAP directly in development, technology, and applications and are often considered by those seeking a role in a SAP organization.
SAP developers command a higher than average salary. Employing a full-time SAP developer can be a significant financial commitment for your business. The use of a freelance SAP developer for specific SAP projects is a worthy consideration. Freelancers operate on an hourly, part-time, full time or project-specific basis, and provide a cost-effective solution for businesses of all sizes.
Freelancers are efficient, adept at ‘hitting the ground running’ with minimal amount of training or instruction. Employing freelancers provides you the luxury of selecting a contractor with a defined set of skills for unique jobs. This will solve all your employment headaches at once.
Freelancer.com is a global marketplace matching potential employers to skilled freelancers. An extensive community of developers are prevalent with skills in a variety of programming languages include SAP’s ABAP. With over 19 million users, you'll find the perfect freelancer in no-time. Simply post a project (with a detailed description of the work to be done), and sit back and wait for the bids to flow in. Alternatively, browse the freelance directory, and hire freelancers directly from their profiles.
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