I need some advice on Career shift. I have 3yrs or experience in Java/J2ee. Is it a good decision to move to SAP XI, EP or Netweaver? How are career prospects for SAP XI or EP or Netweaver ? I'm in a position not able to decide.
What are your thoughts on new areas of SAP NetWeaver like MDM(Master Data Management) which does not have alot of demand right now? I went to some of the job boards and noticed that requirements for EP,XI do exist but the years of experience demanded is considerably high, probably because its been around for some time now and of course hiring standards are alot more stringent now. I understand that alot of consulting areas/demand for particular module in SAP tend to be cyclical in nature so do you see an area like MDM(which is still very new) being in demand in the short term?. It also makes some use of Java APIs so hence the reason for asking. I am not seriously considering moving to a new career(not in this economy) but still curious of areas I could branch out to in the future.
You are right about the experience being expected for those skills. I do not have much information about the future demand on MDM but sure there are different flavours of this being used by different vendors like IBM,ORACLE etc. I suggest you check out at SDN
If you are keen to enter SAP, you can learn EP and even this technology has its cousins from different other vendors as mentioned above. Every vendor is following the same road, If one is behing portal every other one will follow the line. Its same like different bands of Tvs are available in the market
I have gone through this phase and I felt its better to stay in one track rather than being a novice in a new track. I am confident that this will surely pay off in the long run. There are lots of technologies around and its easy to get diverted staying focussed and having a clear goal is what is needed.
You can still bank on the Java career track like honing your skills as Architect in addition to gaining any specific business (banking,insurance,health care,transportation etc..) experience which will surely add value to your career.