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By usproprty ·
I here about SAP. What is sap and what is it's purpose. I must admit I hear it all the time but do not understand what it is.

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by hijukal In reply to what is SAP

System, Applications, Products

SAP

SAP, started in 1972 by five former IBM employees in Mannheim, Germany, states that it is the world's largest inter-enterprise software company and the world's fourth-largest independent software supplier, overall. The original SAP idea was to provide customers with the ability to interact with a common corporate database for a comprehensive range of applications. Gradually, the applications have been assembled and today many corporations, including IBMand Microsoft, are using SAP products to run their own businesses.
SAP applications, built around their latest R/3 system, provide the capability to manage financial, asset, and cost accounting, production operations and materials, personnel, plants, and archived documents. The R/3 system runs on a number of platforms including Windows 2000 and uses the client/server model. The latest version of R/3 includes a comprehensive Internet-enabled package.

SAP has recently recast its product offerings under a comprehensive Web interface, called mySAP.com, and added new e-business applications, including customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM).

In early 2001, SAP, a publicly traded company, had 21,500 employees in over 50 countries, and more than 30,000 installations. SAP is turning its attention to small- and-medium sized businesses. A recent R/3 version was provided for IBM's AS/400 platform.

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by hijukal In reply to what is SAP

So what does that mean?

Basically a way of managing finances, assets, staff, accounting, stock/inventory and so on.

For example, a company I know of uses SAP to manage the amount of stock in their warehouse. SAP determines the amount of theirstock they will need in their warehouse from their experience of previous years.

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