ABAP developers are in charge of designing and developing complex enterprise-level applications for their organization. They are responsible for creating complex algorithms and data structures, and one of their main duties is performance monitoring and subsequently revising programs. ABAP developers assist in the translation of logical data design to physical database design, develop effective strategies for recovering applications in case of data loss, suggest changes for scalability issues, and promote quality control according to service level contracts. They also assist in project management activities and in the assessment and proper resolution of complex software bugs. Additionally, they implement system applications, follow up as needed in case of glitches after deploying to end users, conduct technical evaluation of code requirements, and propose detailed changes. ABAP developers also lead the review of business development case, as well as the revision of tools, standards, and methodologies. They create reports using a personal computer, support management in hiring duties, and provide regular support to existing application systems and software packages. ABAP developers must follow strict privacy measures and system security practices.
A bachelor's degree in computer science, software development, or a related field is generally required for this position. Experience in a similar developer capacity may be preferred.
ABAP developers must have expert-level knowledge in several programming languages, as well as strong analytical, and problem-solving skills to propose innovative ideas for solving technical challenges. They should work well independently and in a team environment with other developers with similar expertise. They should have working knowledge of system life-cycle methodologies, in addition to industry standard requirements. They must also have expert abilities with a variety of software development tools.
ABAP Developer Tasks
Test and document software for client applications.
Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
Use source debuggers and visual development environments.