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Thoughts on specializing in a SAP/Oracle vs being a generalist in PA(IT Audit)? Seems like specializing helps you with name recognition but then you're also the cleaner for disaster jobs.

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I am am Oracle SME. I would say it makes you valuable in PA than just being a generalist. However I would say that it’s become harder to do this since the firm has gotten rid of ERP specific trainings and outsourced most of the work to the RATEC centers

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Not true, technical ERP trainings are back this year, I am instructing for sap. And most ERP work it’s not currently outsourced to ratec - some is but not all or even a majority for sap at least

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I’m in SAP. Leaps and bounds ahead of other generalist in my office. Will pay off whenever I leave

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Specializing would probably give more varied exit opportunities. IT Audit gets tough to get out of unless you go to IT internal audit, not impossible you just need to work on skills outside of your work duties. I'm not sure how it works at larger firms, but at GT the IT Audit folks who make director level are usually SMEs in something like SAP or Oracle.

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If you don’t want to travel or quit, generalist is not a bad way to go. Can cover any clients in your market. Also, diversifying your skill set to cover any system, TTS (SOC reports) and Internal Audit is another way to stay local. While you don’t want to quit now, it’s never a bad thing to understand employers in your area that you would want to work for if you left, and build your skills in that industry and system(s) they run.

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SAP FTW

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