Originally posted by grjohnson If it doesn't mean a drop in Salary I'd JUMP at the chance. I'd love to be able to change roles for a while (but I want to keep my current salary level.. of course ).
You'd NEVER lose your Current DBA skill, and a combination of SAP and ORACLE can only work to your advantage.
I think that you will loose Oracle DBA skills if you do not use them 100%. I have heard Oracle DBAs complaining about this.
I was once offered a DBA job but it happened that they wanted to send me at once to SAP training. I rejected. I did not take that job. I am an Oracle DBA and that's it. Oracle is enough large area and I prefer to learn some other part of Oracle than SAP.
You cannot be both excellent SAP and Oracle admin. Nor you can be both Unix and Oracle admin. It is either or. The other option is a to be somehow good in both.
So, what do you choose?
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I would gladly get ERP experience given the opportunity whether it involves DBA work or not.
Here, there is currently a very strong demand for SAP consultants and a very weak demand for Oracle DBAs. In addition, Siebel, Peoplesoft, and Oracle Apps pros with DBA experience are in demand.
There is a steady demand for SAP R/3 Admins that have a very good grasp of Oracle Administration and Unix Administration. An SAP freelancer (Admin or non Admin) can expect an hourly wage (in Germany) that is significantly higher than an Oracle DBA or Developer.
It's always useful to have additional skills, although it's important not to spread yourself to thin. Keep your focus on a particular area and you can use the additional skills you obtain as leverage for your next career move.
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