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SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London

 
#1 SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
24/04/2010 16:59

Opt

Hi,

I'm an EU citizen looking for moving to London in the mid-long term. I was wondering which are the best firms doing SAP Consulting and are "ideal" for living in London. What that means to me:

- Office in a location that does not constrain me for a 2h commute

- Home/Remote working culture

- Clients mainly from UK (don't want to come to London and fly every week all around Europe)

- Possibly resonate working hours pw

Thanks!

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#2 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
25/04/2010 09:40

anon to Opt (#1)

What does "resonate" mean in this context?

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#3 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
25/04/2010 10:35

anon to anon (#2)

He probably wanted to say "reasonable", not "resonate".

Always read your message before hitting the "Submit" button.

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#4 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
25/04/2010 18:56

Opt to anon (#2)

Sorry,

"reasonable". I'm not a english native speaker...hope this mistake does not put me out of the UK job market;)

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#5 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
27/04/2010 15:10

Opt to Opt (#1)

Really no-one has experience with Sap Consultancies in London?

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#6 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
27/04/2010 16:12

Anon to Opt (#5)

I resonate SAP job. Please give me.

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#7 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
28/04/2010 00:31

Rollercoaster to Anon (#6)

IBM and SAP are the two obvious choices to me. May not be the top payers but it sounds like money is not your only driver. IBM have a central London ofice at South bank and an outer london office near Heathrow (or Feltham young offenders institution depending on your outlook i suppose). SAP is just over the road at Bedfont Lakes near Heathrow.

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#8 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
28/04/2010 01:51

Opt to Rollercoaster (#7)

Rollercoaster,

thx for the reply. Yes, money is not my only driver. The problem with IBM and SAP consulting is working on clients "all over the world" (or do they tend to send consultants to "local" projects?)

For example working for BlueFin or Ciber (two companies that I know from UK), probably involves less long-distance travelling?

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#9 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
28/04/2010 09:38

H to Opt (#8)

A few other firms you can probably consider, Accenture, Deloitte and Capgemini, they have large SAP team as well.

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#10 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
28/04/2010 22:12

Opt to H (#9)

Ok, what about the "local" consulting firms?

I'm not sure if the big multinational consulting groups style fits my needs.

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#11 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
29/04/2010 13:44

rollercoaster to Opt (#10)

firms as big as IBM have consultants all over the world so resource locally rather than fly people all over. So you wouldn't be going international unless you had a really niche skill.

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#12 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
08/05/2010 15:15

Opt to rollercoaster (#11)

OK,

but why they mostly write about "up to 75% travel (weekends at home)".

Does that mean that they send consultants to mostly UK clients, but you as a consultant work on an assignment per time and do 5 days on 5 on the same client/project?

In that case it would make sense to "return to home" only at weekends (even if the client is within UK).

I prefer the "style" of working on 2-3 projects at time and therefore not to spend the whole week in the same place.

Btw: where they put remote/home work if they mention 5 on 5 days travel?

thanks

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#13 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
10/05/2010 11:17

someguy to deleted (#0)

Opt, it sounds like what you really want is a solutions / delivery centre role supporting the main consulting practice. No big consultancy worth its salt will do only UK-based client work. However if you have deep technical / functional experience (>5 years in a SAP specialisation) you may be asked to lead a team of onshore / offshore developers and liaise with several clients out of the HQ / DC / home office. Let me be blunt and say this is delivery and service provision, not consulting / advisory work. However this may be worth looking at.

In my experience the niche SAP consultancies are even worse in terms of traveling - apart from having a more fragmented client base, typically you will be one of only two people who can support "SAP XYZ" and will be asked to fly out to the site and work there for a few weeks before go-live.

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#14 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
10/05/2010 22:52

Opt to someguy (#13)

Someguy,

thanks for your valuable response. This is what I was looking for, different opinions from different points of view. Now I see also the extremes of niche consultancies.

Maybe doing some "internal consulting" in industry is also worth a look, for my needs.

Thanks,

Opt

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#15 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
21/05/2010 23:48

Kay to Opt (#1)

I have worked with Deloitte for 2 years and although I am nominally based in the London office, I have only had one client in London and that for two months only. I think you have to be realistic about your expectations here. Consultancies invariable involve a lot of travel as you are a consultant travelling to client sites all the time. If you want a job that doesn't involve travelling, then I suggest you apply for a job in the industry as the client implementing an SAP solution.

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#16 RE: SAP Consultancy for LIVING in London
23/05/2010 22:56

Opt to Kay (#15)

Kay,

what I'm trying to do is "control" my travel.

Of course I know consulting involves travel. What I would like to avoid is being away from home 5/5 EVERY week.

Did you (in your Deloitte experience) found out that this wasn't achievable? I understand that you may be involved in an implementation that lasts for year/s, but is this a general rule for all teams/consultants?

What about your current experience? (if you're still doing Sap consultancy)

thanks

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