Stephen Catton
Stephen Catton
Senior Technology Executive
July 30, 2018

5 Tips for Building a Career in SAP

Today’s always-on, Big Data-driven business world, requires continual reinvention to find new ways to work and stay connected. And the power of New IT and SAP is creating faster, smarter, better connected enterprises across all industries—including our own.

As one of the first companies of its size and scale to migrate to SAP S/4HANA, Accenture completely transformed our financial application architecture. The result: enhanced digital financial reporting and analytics capabilities that were not previously possible.

Stephen Catton, Senior Technology Executive, knows firsthand how digitization is disrupting every industry—and creating new career opportunities. He shares his career roadmap, and offers advice on building a successful career in SAP.

My exciting SAP career
I became an SAP Human Capital Management (HCM) expert almost 20 years ago. My experiences leveraging standardized processes and user-centric and business experience design led to a practice leadership across multiple SAP SaaS components.

My involvement in multiple groundbreaking projects with Fortune 100 clients is always exciting. I’ve seen the impact and the outcomes of digitization and I’ve built an appreciation for the ways services and products are designed, built and delivered.

One recent example is an HR transformation and technology simplification program we completed for a consumer products company. It set the foundation for an Accenture-SAP relationship.

My learning and innovating never stops
In this ever-changing technology landscape, it’s vital to keep your skills sharp. In my role, I use line-of-business strategy and Visio. I have in-depth knowledge of the SAP ecosystem and various products. I’ve also fine-tuned my relationship and sales skills.

To take advantage of new technology and leadership training relevant to my career, I attend SAP web sessions and conferences that help me advise clients as well as build my skills. I collaborate on thought leadership and POV that I share with my clients, which requires proactive research through tools provided by Accenture and my peers.

If you’re ready to build a successful career in SAP, the tips below will help put you on the right path.

5 tips for building a career in SAP

  1. Gain deep product knowledge in a minimum of one core SAP module (e.g., finance, supply chain).
  2. Understand data and analytics to support how digital solutions are relevant to executives.
  3. Plan for career growth. Build a one-, three- and five-year plan—and be prepared to adapt.
  4. Build your communication, facilitation, leadership and executive skills.
  5. Show your energy, and get involved!

Ready to transform industries and build your career in SAP? Find an opportunity with Accenture.

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Paulo Nobrega • August 3, 2018

Thanks for the tips, it's really help beginners.

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