As part of our commitment at GP Strategies to fulfill our formal training, we ensure that all our colleagues are continually trained and certified in relevant areas which includes product training. In the area of SAP, we strive to always keep our teams aligned to the highest quality levels.
SAP has two certification levels: Associate and Professional; the Associate level requires that the certification holder has conducted a formal product training. In addition to product training, people certified as Professional must also have supported, in a lead capacity role, a minimum of three clients in the past 30 months, and all clients were satisfied with the services delivered.
As a result of the diligent training of our consultants, we are happy to announce that our colleague Erik Ebert recently earned his seventh SAP SuccessFactors Professional Certification, making him the highest-ranking SAP SuccessFactors expert globally. His most recent certification was achieved in Workforce Analytics, complementing the existing certifications he holds across all major HR process areas.
We had a chance to ask Erik a few questions about this achievement.
How do you feel about being the highest ranking SuccessFactors consultant globally?
In my daily life and [during] interactions with clients, colleagues, and partners, I rarely think of it. But in a very competitive market, I am aware that formal skills and competencies are important, as well as personal traits and interpersonal skills. Of course, it makes one proud to get appreciation, and you do feel some sense of achievement, but I actually feel more proud when we as a team succeed with a complex client engagement and get their acknowledgement. So, compared to other types of certifications, I see these specific certifications as proof of client happiness—which is what makes my heart tick faster.
What would you recommend to others?
Always focus on the client and always try to help to solve their business challenges. In professional services, we live for happy clients who continue to come back for more. In order to stay relevant, do not dig a hole and plan to stay there your entire career—look for development opportunities, one area at a time.
So, congratulations on this achievement, Erik: the only consultant in the world to hold seven professional certifications from SAP. As a leader in SuccessFactors implementation, Erik plays a critical role in ensuring that GP Strategies customers are successful while getting the most from their SuccessFactors solutions. His previous projects include Swiss Re, Oerlikon, DNV, Coop, KPMG, Givaudan, TELE2, Nokia, and John Wiley & Sons.
If you would like to learn more about GP Strategies’ expert SAP SuccessFactors practice, contact us.