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Chinnu Chinmy

Joined: Jul 31, 2003
Posts: 7
Hi everyone,
I was working on java technology for two years, and for the past one year I have been working on Sap technology (abap). But I dont find abap as facinating as java to work with. I hear people around me saying sap is like hot cake in the market and fetch lots of money. I dont debate on that.My concern is, would it be a bad idea to switch back to java? How good is java future ? if i consider the next 5 to 7 years. They say there is a limited SAP technical/functional consultant in the market and its in demand, and java programmers are vast in number. I am a bit confused as to where I should stand. Having 3 years of exp, 2 yrs java, 1 year of abap. I am at a juncture where I should choose one of the two roads. Would anyone suggest me how good is it to stay back in abap or to move back to java. Does it look a stupid deal to go after some facination when ppl make money staying in abap?
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Srikanth Basa
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Joined: Jun 06, 2005
Posts: 241
You have posted the question on whether to Java vs SAP on JavaRanch ! - wrong choice

I would say don't choose SAP over Java because you get good money. Choose the one which fascinates you. Once you reach a certain point in your career, satisfaction and the feeling of having worked on something exciting matters a lot when compared to money.

If you still think money is the main criteria then let me tell you - there are many companies that pay really well for good Java guys (more than what SAP professionals of same experience are paid on the average).
Chinnu Chinmy

Joined: Jul 31, 2003
Posts: 7
Hi Srikanth,
Thank you for your suggestion. I will wait for some more responses because Its a matter of career change and let me not be hasty. And I dont think i have posted on the wrong forum because if i post it in an sap forum, I see that some of the abapers seem to be scared of java technology. I see questions been asked such as 'Is java going to take over abap?' now what do i ask them about my career in abap or java? In fact it would best i ask someone who has been on both the boats, or someone who had a thought like me and just got back to java and could give me what did they find better.

thank you,
Kj Reddy
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Joined: Sep 20, 2003
Posts: 1704
ABAP is just a programming langauge for SAP and definitely as facinating as java to work with. I guess it is similar to COBOL. People say SAP is hot cake as SAP consultats have more demand and they have more salaries. If you had worked in SAP fucntional area you might have observed that.

Dont choose SAP just because you get more money as there are lot companies paying very good for java programmers also. So take a decision based on which area you like to work.

Even you can try NetWeaver which is SAP's integrated platform where you can use some your Java knowledge.

Good Luck
Jay Dilla
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Joined: Aug 12, 2004
Posts: 201
The newest version of SAP heavily integrates Java with the ABAP. you might not have to choose, try to find a ABAP job that seeks an experienced Java developer, you might command even more money this way.
Chinnu Chinmy

Joined: Jul 31, 2003
Posts: 7
Yes, thats a hope that they are using java here and there. But I get to hear that they alter java api's so much and they kind of have java in their own way and in their needed components. But keeping that hope, if I sit for one more year or so and then find that ok this is not the pure java i was working on, I might be regretted. Thats one thing i am wonderning. Nevertheless I am trying to collect information as much as possible from people. let me see what comes up with this research.
abhishek paul

Joined: Sep 26, 2006
Posts: 25
I agree with Srikanth , you should be in a technolgy which facinates you ( i.e. between SAP and JAVA). The way I see it - it is kind of a investment we are making in these technologies ;returns from either being almost same , though SAP might have the edge here but still its marginal if you eventually become a "PUNDIT" in JAVA. Now Java is a Ocean ,to explore its fathom is virtually impossible. Again there are various streams one can specialize in , but the fact remains the only way you become a expert is if you are inclined towards learning it exhaustively.Only then you will stand out of the crowd.
I dont really think you will come to any conclusion if you think only about the monetary aspects.Although I am not abasing SAP in any aspect you should listen to the heart and not always to your brain .
Again if you trace the carriers of JAVA and SAP professioanls , you will find that both are quite similar though in the former case the transition to functional role might take a while.This I think is entirely upto the individual and is not a generic case.
[ August 01, 2007: Message edited by: abhishek paul ]

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Chinnu Chinmy

Joined: Jul 31, 2003
Posts: 7
Thanks a lot all of you. Its important to make money, but lil margin to passions what makes us feel good. :-). I have been taking suggestions javaranch since years, I was first in a hardware tech support, and wanted to move to java and some ppl suggested me to sail in.. and i could see a good career.. and then I went out for a change.. I was not particularly interested in sap, i just got the offer and i assumed it could be like java and especially when they talk about making abap oo. But then again, its not open to vast developers who can by profound suggestion make that technology better. It mostly concentrates in getting market share.. functional consultant, market share, industry sectors and so on .. are some terms i get to hear over here on and on. I look dwarf with all these terms. So risking a little marching back to java.
Again thanks a lot guys!!
Chinnu Chinmy

Joined: Jul 31, 2003
Posts: 7
Hey thanks to all of you for your timely suggestion. I was very happy to change the technology I dint have to change my company for that matter. I got internally assigned to a java topic.
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