Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is the software which operates the inner procedures of a business- management control, operational control and resources planning. It was developed after Management Resources Planning (MRP II) was developed, which was used to supervise the manufacturing procedures. SAP AG was the pioneer to develop ERP software. It is the biggest European software company, with head office in Walldorf, Germany.
SAP was established in the year 1972 by five ex- IBM engineers in Mannheim, Germany. In 1976, SAP GmbH was established; then, the next year, its headquarter was shifted to Walldorf. Since the annual general meeting of 2005, it was officially named SAP AG. In February 2007, Mr. Henning Kagermann’s contract was renewed and, extended till 2009 and, Mr. Shai Agassi was declared as the successor of Mr. Kagermann. SAP AG is the largest software corporation in Europe and, the third largest software company in the world. Its major competitor is the Oracle Corporation of USA.
SAP has numerous products mainly focusing on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Major product of the company is SAP ERP. The name of its previous version is SAP R/3, which provides a clue of its functions. The R stands for Real-time data processing and, the 3 stands for 3-tier architecture; client, application server and, database. Other main products are: Advanced Planner and Optimizer (APO), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Information Warehouse (BW), Suppler Relationship Management (SRM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS), Exchange Infrastructure (XI), SAP Knowledge Warehouse (KW) and, Enterprise Portal (EP).
SAP Implementation is the process that defines an entire system to execute SAP software in a company. It is a huge operation which causes a lot of change in a company. The entire procedure can take a few years as well. The changes that are made, are to reach higher goals, for example, improved information and, communication. For instance, Robert Bosch implemented R/3, the previous version of SAP ERP, which took him almost 10 years to execute. It shows that, SAP executing practice is really very difficult.
SAP claims that, taking SAP services is the right solution and, it maximizes a company’s success. They provide a wide selection of services, programs and, tools. For example, they provide SAP Active Global Support, SAP Business Process Outsourcing, SAP Consulting, SAP Custom Development, SAP Education, SAP Financing, SAP Managed Services, and SAP Ramp-up etc. With over 30 years of life span, this company supports over 36,000 consumers with 105,000 installations throughout 120 countries around the globe. Its special ecosystem comprises of 11,000 education and consulting employees, 6,000 support and service staff, 185,000 registered partner employees, 6 global support centers, 77 training centers, 9 custom development centers and 24/7 support.
As an ERP software company, SAP has started its success story from the very beginning. It has pioneered this area. The company has developed SAP Netweaver Platform, which permits them to gain more values and, respect from their consumers. It surely maximizes the profit of an organization.
Author: Gerald Aubin
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