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What do ABAP developers do?

ABAP developers are specialized software engineers who work with Advanced Business Application Programming (ABAP), a high-level programming language created by SAP for developing and customizing SAP applications. They are responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining ABAP-based solutions to meet business requirements within SAP systems. These developers collaborate with functional consultants, business analysts, and end-users to ensure that applications are optimized for performance, maintainability, and user experience. Additionally, ABAP developers perform debugging, troubleshooting, and continuous improvement activities to enhance existing applications and ensure system stability.

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What makes great ABAP developers?

Great ABAP developers possess a combination of technical skills, domain knowledge, and soft skills. Some key qualities and skills that make great ABAP developers include:

Strong technical skills: Proficiency in ABAP programming, including understanding of ABAP syntax, data types, internal tables, modularization techniques, and performance optimization is crucial.

Knowledge of SAP systems: A deep understanding of various SAP modules, such as FI, CO, SD, MM, and PP, and the overall SAP architecture helps ABAP developers create tailored solutions for specific business needs.

Problem-solving abilities: Great ABAP developers can analyze complex issues, break them down into manageable parts, and develop efficient solutions to address them.

Adaptability: With the constantly evolving SAP landscape, great ABAP developers can quickly adapt to new technologies, such as SAPUI5, Fiori, and SAP Cloud Platform, to stay relevant and competitive.

Why are ABAP developers in such demand?

Still up today, the significance of ABAP programming in the SAP ecosystem is huge. And due to newer technologies like SAPUI5, Fiori, and SAP Cloud Platform it is gaining more popularity. Therefore ABAP remains relevant due to the vast number of existing SAP applications developed using it. Also the migration to SAP S/4HANA has led to a resurgence in demand for ABAP developers, as they are needed to adapt and optimize legacy applications for the new platform.

For the future of ABAP programming, this means that ABAP will continue to be relevant, especially in the context of maintaining and adapting existing applications. On the flipside, ABAP developers should consider expanding their skillset to include newer SAP technologies such as Fiori, SAPUI5, and cloud-based solutions to stay competitive and meet the evolving needs of SAP customers.

How does alphacoders find qualified ABAP developers?

As indicated by the most recent Bitkom study from November 2022, the German IT industry requires 137,000 new professionals, marking the highest number since the IT skills shortage was first measured. The ongoing technological advancements are anticipated to drive this number even higher. Consequently, it is crucial for HR managers to comprehend the motivations of ABAP developers.

In the current competitive business environment, it has become increasingly important for organizations to communicate effectively with potential talent in a relatable manner. While companies previously had the luxury of being more selective in their hiring process, they now face fierce competition to attract and retain the desired talent.

Recognizing this challenge, an increasing number of businesses are turning to headhunters to identify and engage suitable candidates. alphacoders is a recruitment firm that specializes in connecting companies with ABAP developers. With our extensive knowledge and network in this niche market, we are the perfect partner for addressing staffing needs. Most notably, we possess a deep understanding of the factors that drive and motivate ABAP developers.

Your benefits with alphacoders


Consulting at eye level

Goal-oriented briefing and consulting on an equal footing from start-ups to large digitizing corporations

Large candidate pool

Largest network for developers in the DACH region

Multi channel search

Ongoing development of algorithmized multi-channel search

Tested quality

Superior quality through optimized interview and software-supported selection process

Fast staffing

Swiftness through agile project planning and methodical approach

Experienced recruiters

Credible representation of our partners thanks to recruiters with development know-how

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