Best SAP Modules to Choose for a Right Career


For Freshers getting into SAP and want to have a good career, They always wonder as to which is the best SAP Modules.

Well, what’s your area of expertise? This will help you in get steered correctly into SAP. Because, SAP is a vast area and finding the right SAP Modules to see is another big problem.  Everyone get into doing Programming, Administration, Material Management, Sales and Distribution, Finance, Warehousing…! Every business process is one big area. So, ask yourself where do you fit in.

I would rather say, if you have any programming experience… go into SAP ABAP. If not, try working out in any of the functional areas and then make your move into that SAP Domain.

Here is a brief overview of most of the modules and there processes in SAP. This should give you a brief outline of what each module is about and also makes you understand as to what each module does.

Materials Management (MM)

The grouping of management functions supporting the complete cycle of material flow, from the purchase and internal control of production materials to the planning and control of work in process to the warehousing, shipping, and distribution of the finished product.

Sales and Distribution (SD)

This module includes the business processes used to sell and deliver products and services to customers and business partners. Information about the product and customers (both of which are stored in the master data) is used in SD.

Production Planning (PP)

This module supports functions for the overall level of manufacturing output and other activities to best satisfy the current planned levels of sales (sales plan or forecasts), while meeting general business objectives of profitability, competitive customer lead times as expressed in the overall business plan. One of its primary purposes is to establish production rates that will achieve management’s objective of satisfying customer demand, by maintaining, raising or lowering inventories or backlogs, while usually attempting to keep the workforce relatively stable.

Plant Maintenance (PM)

Supports the planning, processing, and completion of plant maintenance tasks and allows for planners to schedule routine maintenance in a way that is least disruptive for manufacturing and sales requirements.

Quality Management (QM)

Supports the quality inspection aspects of the business, including purchasing, research, and sales. Allows for buyers and manufacturing personnel to track inspection lots and test results

Financial Accounting (FI)

Designed for automated management and external reporting of General Ledger (GL), Accounts Receivable (AR), Accounts Payable (AP), and Asset Management (AM) with a user-defined chart of accounts. External reporting, such as income statement and balance sheet Represents cost and revenue flows throughout the organization. Aids in organizational decision making and supports internal reporting such as cost center reports.

Asset Accounting (AA)

Asset accounting provides tools to acquire, depreciate, evaluate, and retire assets. The kinds of assets covered are fixed, low value, leased, and real estate. Low value assets depreciate in the year they are bought and are often aggregated as a single asset master record. Depreciation often needs to be tracked (for more than one reason), so SAP R/3 allows you to depreciate the same piece of equipment in several parallel ways.

Human Resources (HR)

Takes care of payroll, time recording, applicant administration, and organization data. It supports the planning and control of personnel activities.

Industry Solutions (IS)

These industry solutions is scaleable and flexible, and can be tailored to the specific needs of each business. Examples are:

  • SAP Aerospace and Defense
  • SAP Automotive
  • SAP Banking
  • SAP Chemicals
  • SAP Consumer Products
  • SAP Engineering and Construction
  • SAP Telecommunication
  • SAP Utilities
  • SAP Service Provider

Work Flow (WF)

Links the integrated SAP R/3 application modules with cross-application technologies, tools, and services, including e-mail. Work flow allows you to set up the followings:

  • Maintain your company’s organization structure according to responsibility.
  • Link the predefined standard tasks with the authorized agents in your company.
  • Activate existing event receiver links between triggering events and consuming workflow tasks.
  • Name a technical person responsible for each standard workflow template.

Project System (PS)

Helps you to plan, manage, control, and figure the cost of Research and development projects, and so on. The common tasks revolve around allocation of people, resources, and money within the framework of schedule and task relationships.

Environmental Health & Safety

EH&S has the following sub-modules:

  • Product Safety
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Waste
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Occupational Health.

AM Asset Management
Involved in managing and supervising the fixed assets. Purchasing, Depreciation and Investment of Assets.

PS Project System
Designed to support the planning, control and monitoring of long-term, highly complex projects with defined goals.

FS Insurance
SAP for Insurance enables insurance companies to handle customer and market requirements and simultaneously control profitability and economic viability.

  • FS-CD Collections and disbursements
  • FS-CM Claims management
  • FS-CS Commissions management
  • FS-PM Policy management
  • FS-RI Reinsurance management
  • FS-PE Payment Engine (Banking Payments Solution still in development)

HR Human Resource Management

HR has the following Modules

  • HR-OM Organizational Management
  • HR-PA Personnel Administration
  • HR-PB Recruitment
  • HR-PD Personnel Development
  • HR-PT Time Management
  • HR-PY Payroll Management
  • HR-TEM Training and Event Management

HCM Human Capital Management
Stock of productive skills and technical knowledge embodied in labor.

LE Logistics Execution
The Logistics Execution System (LES), a major component of the supply chain management (SCM) application from SAP, allows an adminstrator to manage the information and processes involved in all stages of the supply chain, from procuring raw materials to distributing finished products. LES connects SCM processes involved in procurement, order processing, production, storage, inventory management, shipping, and sales.

PLM Product Lifecycle Management
Product life cycle management is the process of managing the entire life cycle of a product from its conception, through design and manufacture, to service and disposal.

QM Quality Management

A quality control and information system supporting quality planning, inspection, and control for manufacturing and procurement.

SCM Supply Chain Management
Supply chain management (SCM) is the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the operations of the supply chain as efficiently as possible. Supply Chain Management spans all movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point-of-origin to point-of-consumption.

SRM Supplier Relationship Management
Supplier relationship management is a comprehensive approach to managing an enterprise’s interactions with the organizations that supply the goods and services it uses. The goal of supplier relationship management (SRM) is to streamline and make more effective the processes between an enterprise and its suppliers just as customer relationship management is intended to streamline and make more effective the processes between an enterprise and its customers.

BW Business Information Warehouse
Business Intelligence, analytical, reporting and Data Warehousing (DW) solution.

SEM Strategic Enterprise Management
Management techniques, metrics and related tools that companies can use to make strategic decisions.

WM Warehouse Management
Subdivides the “Storage Location”, which is used in the MM Module to define inventory values by location, into “Storage Types” and then into “Storage Bins”. Control of stock to a physical level down to a warehouse bin. Placement and removal rules can be configured, stock counts can be done.

HUM Handling Unit Management
Used as a unique ID for each pallet of stock held in the warehouse.

F&R Advanced Forecasting & Replenishment
Forecasting stocking levels of material, planning the purchases etc.

Considering the Right SAP Modules

Big list isn’t it. So, Just think where your profile fits it and make the correct career move.  But remember, you need to find the correct domain area where you have the experience in, before you jump into choosing the correct SAP Modules.

35 thoughts on “Best SAP Modules to Choose for a Right Career

  1. Hi
    SAP is an ocean , but when you are in one part of the ocean you will get a good idea of the other parts and might actively involve with them.Best of luck.

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  3. hi
    i have 6 months exp in sap abap, now i am not able to do programing bcoz i was in maternity leave.

    now i want to move sap basis. for this any network knowledge is necessary ?just let me know that

  4. Hi I want to download Controlling but It's only step 5 or page 15, Could you please let me konw how can i download rest of the page?

  5. I wish u all vry-2 happy new year 2010……

    I am working as foxpro2.5 programmer 3yr dos based on clinet side.
    Now company has REPLACE foxpro and instal SAP package.
    i am not aware of sap.can any body suggest me which is best for me move from here other company or learn sap .. and which sap module is good for me.

    Thanks for ur valuable suggestion.
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  6. hi

    I have completed my BE in IT.I have also done CCNA Basically I am more interested in networking then programming. Can any one help me which is the best SAP module for me.. Please write to me– [email protected]

    Thank you.

  7. I currently work as an IT Business Analyst but I now want to move into SAP. Can someone please suggest which area of SAP would go hand in hand with my experience.



  8. Hi
    I have completed BE in Computer Science and i have 8 months experience in Recruitment. I want start my career in SAP, can any one suggest which is the best SAP module for me between SAP ABAP and SAP HR?

  9. Which SAP module will be the best 「Fitment」for a Japanese Bilingual?
    In wake of rapid globalization and interdependence within the technologies and business processes, amalgam of expertise has come to the fore.
    The same is applicable for those who are responsible to bridge up the gap between the sectors where the dependency of the language matters a lot to justify the mode of a smooth communication. To be more specific from an Indian angle then Like Financial domain in I.T, and automobile sectors are the area where use of Japanese is quite prevalent.
    And this is the point of my curiosity that can pave the path for many others if answered that 「Which SAP module will be the best 「Fitment」for a Japanese Bilingual」?


  10. HI,
    i Rajesh recently i completed my mca. iam very much interested in sap can anyone tell me which is the best module in sap with full technical and good jobs. My friend suggested me to go for Basis and Security in Sap is i don't know that, this modules comes under developing or function can anyone suggest me which is the best module i need to go for.

    1. Hey Rajesh,
      Both BASIS and Security comes under technical module(no functional no development).
      With the new dimension products in market BASIS is now netweaver(Java integration).

  11. Hi,
    I am B.COM(P) and a part from this i have done GNIIT from NIIT institute. 2006.. i hve total 3 yrs work exp in Deutsche bank implementation dept. please suggest what is the best SAP module for me to enhance me carrier

  12. please any one please guide me
    i completed my B.E (computer science in 2006) i worked as a team leader in one management company.due to my health problem i stopped working.Now i want to learn SAP but which module in good for me.i dont want to go programming side

    please guide me na

  13. Hi,

    I have no programming experience. However, I am keen on taking up SAP BPC or SAP BI/BW. Will this be difficult? I have heard that these 2 areas of SAP are the ones which have the highest demand. However, I am worried that my lack of technical skills might prove to be roadblock.

    Please advice.



  14. Hi……..
    this is Riyaan, i have completed my graduation(BE) and my brother suggested me to join ABAP,but i am little bit poor at programming..,so wat should i do, should i join?please advice…
    after joining the course can i learn? wats the future gonna offer for ABAPer's ….,
    please advice,
    my email id is "[email protected]"..

  15. I have no programming experience.I did MBA with specialization in Finance. plz advice, which module will be most suitable.


  16. Hi there,

    I have finished my Can any body suggest me which is the best SAP module for me.. Please write to me..

    Thank you.

  17. HI Guys,

    I am very interested in SAP.In which module of SAP i found the programming.How about the SCM Supply Chain Management.Please specify the best training institutes in hyd for SAP plz.Hope that u can give the possible solution.

  18. Hi Guys,

    I am intrested in SAP. Myself having BE Degree with Oil and Gas Exprience. I have good experience with ERP-SQL software which is used for Procurement & Material Management. And even good exposure of Oil and Gas Plant Design. But, I am confused in selecting appropriate module PM/MM. So request plz advise which is the best module of both. And even authorized SAP institute in south India.


  19. Hi There
    This is noel . I have conpleted my BCA and I have three years experience In BPO field related with technical background .I would like to join SAP . Any suggestion about which module i can join

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