ABAP (Allgemeiner Berichts Aufbereitungs Prozessor in German) is a high level Programming Language like Java, c+ owned by SAP Company which is used to develop Business applications/ enterprise applications. It was originally used by the developers to develop SAP R/3 platform. During the 1990's computer hardware started evolving, the language ABAP was used in writing more and more of SAP's applications and systems. By 2001, ABAP became language of almost all the basic functions. Learning ABAP can be quite helpful for a person in the IT field as the scope is getting bigger day by day because of the evolution of the computer technology and internet.
There is no as such proper prerequisites for learning ABAP but if the person has knowledge of C and SQL, it will help them in understanding ABAP in less time. Since SAP ABAP is a technical module and it requires coding. As mentioned above there is no fix set of prerequisites for learning ABAP, but having a technical background makes your learning easier. Apart from this it will be added advantage if you are aware of SAP working environment and programming concepts.
ABAP is a very interesting programming language and it has a very bright future. Its very easy to learn if you have passion for coding.
Anyone can get certified for ABAP by appearing in the ABAP certification test. The ways for appearing for the test are provided below.
1) The candidate needs to approach one of the authorised training institute and enrol for a course. Instructor led learning will cost you around 3.5 lakh+ exam fee- 30000. The duration of the same is 30 days. Online learning will cost around 1.7 lakh+ exam fee- 30000. The duration for the same is 5 months.
2) The candidate has to work in a company( employer must be an SAP partner or an SAP customer or have installed SAP but not a service provider) for 2 years. He will have to work on an implementation project and the latest. Then he can approach above mentioned Institutes by submit the required documents and take the test.
3) One can learn ABAP on his own from our websites Stechies and then appear for the exam
There are lot of IT companies where a person having skills on ABAP can apply and get the job. Some of the in which A person with ABAP skills can apply for profiles such as SAP ABAP Consultant, SAP Administrator, SAP basis Solmon etc.
Although the ABAP professionals get rewarded with higher salaries that range from approx 6K to 100K depending on their skills. A certified SAP ABAP fresher can enter this field as a consultant. But If you stick to the old technology then you would continue be doing maintenance. Therefore you need to keep updating yourself to new technologies because all new development would be on new technology.
Here are some of the big companies which use ABAP/ SAP software: