Switching to R,SAS from SAP HANA for better job prospects and the necessity of a masters degree for a non-engineer in Analytics

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#1

Hi Friends,

I work for a Bangalore based Startup organization as the Lead Information Modeler and have 2+ years of decent experience in the following:

  1. Information/data Modeling in SAP HANA
  2. Conepts of RDBMS, Excel pivots vlook etc
  3. HANA SQL Script,T-SQL,Stored procedures
  4. BI tools like Yellowfin,Nanobi etc.

Currently we don’t have access to any SAP BI/BW or any SAP ERP for SLT etc. to practice any ETL or replication processes.
My organization has 2 SAP validated Solutions but since its a startup it has other issues.

My qualification is BCA(with study gap after 12th) and want to become a Data Scientist.
I plan to change my job a for better salary and more learning.

I have a few very serious queries which will help me take some important decisions and they are listed as follows:

Q1>Is it absolutely necessary for me to pursue a proper Master degree(MCA,MBA) in distance mode if I have to apply for jobs in reputed analytics firms or get promoted?

If not mandatory then how else will it be beneficial for me?

Q2>Considering R,SAS are the currently most popular analytics tools and jobs in HANA are few(and require much more work and all round technical experience than what I possess)

So should I start learning R,SAS to give myself a chance of changing job or spend more time on HANA learning platform specific technical stuff to get a better job?

Q3>If you suggest learning R,SAS as mandatory to become a data scientist then is doing the Jigsaw Academy’s “Data Science Course” properly be sufficient for me to get good job in Analytics or is it essential to enroll for the expensive 1 year certificate post graduation programs from Great Lakes,IIM-B or BOCCONI etc. for better placements.

An elaborate reply would be very helpful as I need your expert advise to continue with my learning with a specific plan and make financial arrangements accordingly.

Please help @kunal.

Thanks a lot!!


#2

Hi Prateek,

did you try to apply to SAP labs in Bangalore? They are working quite a lot on SAP Hana so you experience could be of interest for them, if you have domain knowledge on top this will be of interest for them. They are particular about from which institute you got you degree(s) and the interview could be difficult (very!!! ) but you can always try.

Good luck.

Alain


#3

Hi Lesaffrea,

Even though I have good knowledge in HANA modelling etc. as I have mentioned that my degree is BCA from an average college along with other drawbacks which may be pose hurdles in my selection in SAP.

Thus I wanted to know the other options which I can take,which will be better in the long run in terms of job prospects.

Thanks.


#4

Here are your answers:

Q1>Is it absolutely necessary for me to pursue a proper Master degree(MCA,MBA) in distance mode if I have to apply for jobs in reputed analytics firms or get promoted?

If not mandatory then how else will it be beneficial for me?

It is not mandatory to have a Masters degree. However the industry prefers people with good quant background. So, with just a BCA, you might struggle for job changes and promotion. Having said this, you can always overcome this by learning new skills and showcasing good work continuously - but might find it difficult given bias of industry. This would depend on company to company as well.

Q2>Considering R,SAS are the currently most popular analytics tools and jobs in HANA are few(and require much more work and all round technical experience than what I possess)

So should I start learning R,SAS to give myself a chance of changing job or spend more time on HANA learning platform specific technical stuff to get a better job?

I would stick with HANA for the time being, learn the techniques and understand the logic behind predictive modeling. Once you gain some experience, they you can always pick up more tools.

Q3>If you suggest learning R,SAS as mandatory to become a data scientist then is doing the Jigsaw Academy’s “Data Science Course” properly be sufficient for me to get good job in Analytics or is it essential to enroll for the expensive 1 year certificate post graduation programs from Great Lakes,IIM-B or BOCCONI etc. for better placements.

As mentioned, this is not mandatory. Focus on the techniques and fundamentals and not on the tools.


#5

Hi Prateek,

to start with this SAP open course could be a first step, Text analysis is one important part of the current data science stream, sentiment analysis etc
Usually with SAP Open you get one development instance of Hana.
Best regards
Alain
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