The mission of a Platinum consultant is multi-faceted. Platinum’s are, first and foremost, very knowledgeable about their area of focus within SAP. The group was meant to represent the top 5% of SAP’s consulting force; it’s a level above the traditional Senior or Principal consultant. The consultants generally span all functional and technical areas of SAP. If SAP has a product or industry focus, there is a Platinum consultant somewhere who specializes in it.
However, Platinum consultants are not limited to just providing typical system-based consulting. As SAP customers and the industry have changed over the years, it is not enough to just have superior product knowledge. The best consultants also must be change agents who can help customers architect new business solutions, solve problems, and continually help their customer extract more value out of their SAP solution. The requirements of a Platinum consultant reflect this.
The qualifications of a Platinum Consultant cover a wide range of areas and map to the requirements of the job.
So… why is this all important? What is the value proposition to using an M10 Platinum consultant? It’s been said that you hire a consultant for two reasons; 1) their knowledge, and 2) their network. As mentioned above, the number one criteria for a Platinum consultant is their product expertise. They need to have legitimately expert level knowledge in their area of focus above what one would expect from a Senior consultant. But since no one person has done everything in SAP especially in some of SAP’s newest technologies like HANA, Platinum’s tend to have extensive networks throughout SAP. They tend to know the Developers who wrote the solution, the trainers who author and teach the classes, the sales personnel who sell it, and maybe even those in AGS who support it. To find an SAP platinum consultant to assist on your next project.