Switch from BPCS to SAP?

A ZDNetAsia reader with BPCS experience considers whether a switch to an SAP-based career is the right thing to do.

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I have two years of experience in AS400 with BPCS as the ERP (enterprise resource planning) platform. As BPCS is stagnant now, will changing from BPCS to SAP be a good move?


Career advice from Andrew Sansom, director of executive recruitment agency DP Search:

Actually Hema, BPCS still has a lot of active sites and many of these still require skilled staff to enhance, manage and maintain their systems.

Nonetheless to answer your question directly, SAP is and will continue to be a major player in the ERP market and of course changing your skills to SAP would probably benefit you in the longer term.

There are other ERP systems too by the way, so SAP is not the only game in town.

There are a few ways to do this conversion. The cheapest and easiest way is to find an employer who is willing to bring you in and train you in a the new systems. That employer needs to recognise your BPCS skills as an asset.

The alternative route, which many people have followed in the past, is to put yourself through SAP (or other ERP) training. Although this is expensive, many IT practitioners have decided the cost and sacrifice is worth it in the long run, as they may be able to secure a better and more rewarding job as a result.