Contributor(s): Tom Payne, Cecil Roets, and David Schlanderer

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 name for SAP was German: Systeme, Anwendungen, Produkte, German for "Systems Applications and Products." 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 IBM and 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, and added new e-business applications, including customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM).

As of January 2007, SAP, a publicly traded company, had over 38,400 employees in over 50 countries, and more than 36,200 customers around the world. SAP is turning its attention to small- and-medium sized businesses (SMB). A recent R/3 version was provided for IBM's AS/400 platform.


This was last updated in November 2009

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presently am using SAP in my work place. I want to know more about SAP
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For more about SAP, I'd recommend starting here:

Lots of resources depending on what you'd like to learn. 
Please i want to know the SAP applications related with accounting and finance because in my Company i am using Oracle.
I want to know more about SAP so that I can be efficient in responsibilities at work because my company is using SAP.
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I believe you have a typo above...38,4000 ???
I am considering a move to a position which relies on SAP for cost accounting. I have not worked with it in the past, on a scale of 1 to 5, how difficult do those of you with experience believe it is to teach an old dog new SAP tricks?
Two recent paychecks were misrouted to another's account and my bank and employer's financial advisor assert that a communication glitch between SAP and our ADP systems are the cause. I wonder if there is any way to find out how any such mistake is possible, and how best to ensure against it.
Hi there -- My goodness, that sounds like a bad situation. Whoever helps run SAP and ADP for your company is probably the person to turn to as they may understand where to start looking. I have not ever heard of this happening before myself, but may others out there reading have.  

FYI, I was checking our TechTarget archives on this topic, and while we haven't written about your particular situation, I did run across a story looking at SAP and ADP's positions in the HCM tech market:



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