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All-in-one Book that fails to Deliver
on 26 May 1999
Don't be fooled this book does not contain the information you will need to build your SAP skills to Certifiable level. Basically this book is "about" obtaining SAP certification. The title should have been "SAP R/3 Certification Information".
The books front cover the book proclaims, "Comprehensive test preparation...", this is just not true! I suppose I should not have been surprised, with only 767 pages you cannot expect a book to explain the detailed knowledge required to pass FI, CO, MM, PP, SD and ABAP modules, ( basis is forgotten completely like always!). For example SD information is covered from pages 205 to 216 that only 11 pages! Certainty the detailed knowledge required to pass the SD examination could NEVER be communicated in 11 pages. The section for each module just presents an overview of what you will learn if you pay $10000 and attend an academy! Thus this book totally worthless from the point of certification skill building! The "2000 practice questions..." are just general wishy-washy questions and answers that just don't seem relevant to the precise multiple choice and multiple answer questions contained in the certification examinations!
Included are sections about the complementary software program and industry sector contact points within SAP. Good information for companies building third party "add-ons" to the SAP modules! But completely worthless for any certification candidate! Just for the author's information, "software certification" and "consultant certification" are completely different! The CD's a waste, I had expected it to contain practice examinations but NO, it just contains general R/3 marketing stuff probably downloaded from the SAP web site, again worthless for an examination candidate.
In comparison, Jason. S. Couchman's book, "DBA Certification Exam Guide" has over 1250 pages devoted to the knowledge required to pass the Oracle DBA certification program. As a person who has completed certification from as both Oracle and SAP, I can say that at least 1250 pages PER SAP MODULE is required to communicate the knowledge requite by a certification candidate to successfully choose the correct answers from SAP's detailed, precise and sometimes tricky certification questions. For people serious about skill building and examination passing Wait for a better book(s). The market is still wide open for titles like "SAP R/3, [insert module name] Certification Exam Guide" written by experts, each presenting the full content of an academy course.