What is SAP? FACTS about the most valuable DAX company

SAP explained simply

SAP – Where does the term come from?

In 1972, five IBM employees quit their jobs and set up their own company in Walldorf, Baden-Württemberg. The company was founded by Hasso Plattner, Hans-Werner Hector, Dietmar Hopp and Clas Neumann.

The idea is digital software for real-time payroll accounting. Which should replace the then common punch card system forever. This is the starting signal for system analysis and program development GbR – abbreviation SAP. Today, according to Wikipedia, the abbreviation stands for “systems, applications and products in data processing”. Originally known as SAP R/2, the software has evolved over time and is now available in the form of S/4HANA, which is next-generation ERP software.

In the early years, the products were well received by the market. This leads to steady growth and increasing sales. Due to its success, the company dares to go public in 1988. In the 1990s, the company managed to increase its turnover tenfold. This is partly due to the introduction of SAP R/3, which lays the foundation for today’s SAP products.

After the turn of the millennium, SAP takes over numerous well-known corporations. These include companies such as TechniData, Success Factors or Concur Technologies. Today, more than 91,000 employees work for the company. Today, SAP generates annual sales of more than $22 billion.

According to a study by the auditing firm PwC, SAP is the most valuable company in Germany. According to this definition, a market value of more than 100 billion euros means number one in 2018, ahead of Siemens. Together with Microsoft, IBM, Google and Oracle, the company from Walldorf is one of the largest software manufacturers in the world. SAP is a global leader in enterprise software, including ERP software used by organizations to manage their business processes.

All-in-one ERP solution for all company sizes

Why it’s worth switching to an SAP system

SAP ERP enables the administration and presentation of all business processes within a system. From accounting, through controlling, to production and warehousing.

Around 335,000 customers worldwide rely on the Walldorf-based Group’s technology. These include global players such as Coca Cola, Gazprom and Siemens. SAP SE is the largest software manufacturer in Europe and one of the most influential companies in the world.

The system has developed into the cross-industry software standard. Around 70 percent of global economic output runs through SAP ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning).

In order to represent the interests of the users, separate associations have been created. The so-called user groups.

By implementing a single standard software, many processes can be automated. Manual entries are reduced to a minimum. In addition to the main product SAP ERP, which primarily serves enterprise resource planning, the company has developed additional modules over the years to cover other divisions and processes.

SAP Ariba Supplier Risk is an innovative supplier management program. Marketing activities can be recorded very well with the SAP Marketing Cloud. With SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, the provider also provides a special tool for human resources.

SAP Modules and Applications

While most software providers today rely on SaaS solutions that are provided via cloud service, SAP presents a so-called on-premise system. It is installed locally on the user’s server. The following modules are available for you with an SAP ERP system:

  • FI = Finance
  • CO = Controlling
  • TR = Treasuring
  • EC = Enterprise Controlling
  • IM = Investment Management
  • PS = Project System
  • WF = Workflow
  • ECM = Enterprise Controlling Management
  • IS = Industry Solutions
  • SD = Sales Distribution
  • MM = Materials Management
  • PP = Production Planning
  • QM = Quality Management
  • PM = Plant Maintenance
  • HCM = Human Capital Management
  • BW = Business Warehouse
  • CRM = Customer Relation Management
  • FS = Financial Solutions

Get the most out of SAP solutions

Due to the wide range of functions of SAP ERP software and SAP S/4Hana, many companies find it difficult to exploit the full potential of their solution. Often the time and know-how to implement the system correctly is lacking.

We at Munich Enterprise solve this problem with an extensive consulting offer. On request, we can help you adapt the different modules to your requirements.

Among other things, we use the ABAP component for this. This is an in-house programming language of SAP. This enables individual coding and function extensions.

In addition, we support our customers with useful add-ons to supplement and expand the technical capabilities of SAP software. SAP Mail is particularly noteworthy here, as it allows you to manage and send e-mails from within the SAP system.

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The benefits and what to look out for

  • transparent presentation of all company processes
  • A wide range of automation options
  • Saving time and resources
  • manual inputs are reduced to a minimum
  • Good usability

Despite the many advantages, you should bear in mind that a change cannot happen overnight and that a certain amount of time should be taken into account.

As a rule, it takes a while for the new processes and systems to be accepted and internalized by all employees.

Wir von munich enterprise helfen Ihnen, diese Phase der Umstrukturierung zu planen und stressfrei zu überbrücken. We look forward to hearingfrom you .