How To Become A SAP Basis Administrator And What You Need To Know

Sap Basis Geek

Are you interested in changing your career, or even starting a new one? Some people may be intrigued by the SAP Basis Administrator job.

As a Basis Administrator myself I know what it takes to be one and in this article I will try to make you understand what it takes to become a successful one.

Required Knowledge

First of all, we should take a step back and answer the question; what is a SAP Basis Administrator and what duties they have to do?

On top of everything else the main task is to make sure the SAP systems running optimal efficiency. But what does it mean? The SAP system has a 3 Tier architecture, I will not go into too much detail here, but you need to know how what the different layers are and how they interact with each other to make the system run.

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Let us consider a standard SAP transaction. It first goes through the client layer (SAP GUI or your Internet Browser) which is executed on your workstation (running windows or any other OS), then you have the application layer where the SAP Instance is running which  runs on a windows or UNIX server. Then finally the DB layer which could be Oracle, Sybase, SQL server, … database instance running on any kind of operating system too.

So, in order to have your SAP system working well, you must be sure that each layer runs well together which further involves the configuration and monitoring of the communications between those layers too!

With this in mind, to be SAP Basis Administrator means you have to be able to make sure all those layers are working and communicating with each other. This means you need to know how to administrate many operating systems (AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, Windows…) and many databases (Oracle, SQL Server, …). In addition to those “generic” skills, you still have to administrate SAP itself (The application layer).

I don’t want to dig into what it meant by administrating operating systems or databases, but I will detail a little more what this means in relation to an instance of SAP.

SAP System Administration

Administrating the application layer (The SAP Instance), means:

  • Understanding and adjusting SAP system parameters
  • Monitoring and scheduling of batch jobs
  • Applying system and application patches (called Support Packages)
  • Moving system objects through the various client and system landscapes (e.g. from development to production) via the SAP transport system
  • Security management, and many other tasks.

In summary, the list of duties is fairly extensive to say the least.

It Seems Too Difficult To Get That First Job

Many people trying to get their start in the world of SAP will probably say it’s impossible to become a SAP Basis Consultant! NO IT ISN’T!!

Identify your starting point

Most Basis consultants know only one operating system coupled with one database. These are ideal skill with which to start as a junior consultant. Start learning how to administrate an Oracle database running on HP-UX for example. With these skills moving on to learning the steps to become an SAP Basis Administrator will be well within your reach. Companies know that when they are looking for somebody to become a Basis Administrator, they need to find people with a very good technical background (Windows or Unix Administration, Db Administration, …) They will then likely send him/her to an SAP training centre for the SAP specifics. It takes many years to become a good SAP Administrator, but the foundation is really is to have that strong technical background.


As you may have figured out, being a good SAP Basis Administrator is being a ‘jack of all trades’ for the different systems administrations aspects. If you’re a fast learner, and you already know how to administrate an operating system and a database, you’re good to go for becoming a Junior SAP Basis Administrator. Push yourself forward in interviews and make sure you show your personality.


Jérôme has been working in the SAP industry as a Technical Consultant for more than 14 years. He is NetWeaver certified and his main areas of expertise are Solution Manager, PI, SLD, NWDI and Portal. You can contact Jérôme at: jmorignot at or leave a comment below this post.


About the Author:

Pete has been working with SAP technologies for over 10 years. He started out as an ABAP consultant and then moved on to BW where he has worked many different clients covering a wide variety of industries. "I love introducing SAP technology (especially BI) to new clients and showing them how they can go from zero to hero within their business in super fast time". Contact me on twitter @PeterMoxon

  1. Pierre

    Very nice but a basis person must also be a good troubleshooter. For projetcs, and even day to day running of the systems you need to get to the source of the problem all the time.

    • Eric

      Couldn’t agree more – I’ve been in Basis since version ~1997 and over the years have come to be believe that problem solving/triaging/troubleshooting is job #1!!

  2. Steve

    I also Agree..
    But you must also be an expert at Navigating the SAP Market Place. Trust me that website SUCKS!!!!

    You can do a search on their own website, for their own software, using their names/versions of software and get 0 hits.. LOL..

    It Truly SUCKS!!!

    Basis Administrator for 5 years.
    Not a SAP Fan.. Just here for the $$$..

  3. Sandeep

    Hi, I am starting off with SAP Basis and was wondering if it is necessary to know any language for this, does it require coding?

    • No, you do not need to know ABAP necessarily but the best BASIS consultants do know it. The more you know the better.

  4. Mohan

    Thanks for all to share best experience, and my qualification is B-tech(ECE) is it suits my profile.right now am doing tech support is it eligible to do this course and am not interested in coading , intersted in administration part. Hope give me a best suggestions.


      • Pierre.

        Its not really possible to start your IT career in SAP Basis. Start off with IT tech support (enduser and server) for a few years and then switch to Basis.

  5. Mohan

    Thanks for your suggestion, but now am doing tech support for 1 year is it nessary to do for a few years? please suggest, and before doing BASIS what i need to know?


    • BASIS is all about setting up and maintaining SAP systems. So as Pierre alluded to above, you need to have experience with server setup and administration a well as understanding the client side too. So the more experience you have, the better.

      That doesn’t mean don’t start to study until you have more experience. Start learning now. What you will learn will help you understand what you don’t already know.

      Take a look at Jay Drew’s course on Udemy… It is a good introduction to BASIS:

  6. Mohan

    Thanks for your valuble suggestions if i block any where i will contact you

    thanks a lot……..:)

  7. Prasad

    Hi All,

    can you please share the links to access the SAP BASIS Basics

    Thanks in advance.


  8. funsho

    I have being a Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional for over 4 years now and i have my core area of expertise in Messaging and Collaboration. Thing is, i am really interested in switching to SAP and I have been reading books about BASIS and i know some fundamental aspects, I noticed to become a basis guy, i need to have hands on experience which i obviously don’t have as i have only seen an SAP IDES once in my life. Not forgetting that SAP training is ridiculously high in my region (Africa), how would you propose I proceed? Thanks for your anticipated replies.

    • Have a look at for system access and then maybe take a Udemy course. There is a link on my site for discount courses on Udemy for basis.

  9. V.K.Grampurohit

    I am a SAP Basis admin since 2003, I hv tought him SAP Basis. He has to get a start, I am facing problem for him in getting first job. Please advise