As mentioned earlier, SAP is short for “System Application & Products”, which creates a common central database for all applications running in an organization. The application is composed in such a versatile way that it handles all functional departments within an organization. Today, large companies, including Microsoft and IBM, use SAP products to run their own businesses.
R / 2, running on a Mainframe architecture, was the first SAP version. Sap products are generally focused on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Sap’s applications are built around an R / 3 system that provides the functionality to manage product operations, costing, assets, materials and personnel. SAP’s R / 3 system runs on most platforms, including Windows 2000, and uses the client / sever model.
SAP provides most business applications, including:
1. SAP Knowledge Warehouse (KW)
2. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
3. Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS)
4. Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)
5. Supply Chain Management (SCM)
6. Customer relationship management (CRM)
7. Advanced planner and optimizer (APO)
8. Business information warehouse (BW)
SAP NetWeaver is the latest technology introduced by SAP. SAP’s products are primarily aimed at large organizations consisting mainly of Fortune 500 companies and it is a number one choice for ERP systems worldwide. SAP has software solutions called SAP Business One (SAP B1) and SAP in one that are mainly made for small and medium sized organizations. SAP products are used by millions of people worldwide in more than 120 countries and are constantly growing. SAP had more than 38,400 employees in more than 50 countries and more than 36,200 customers around the world since January 2007.