SAP administration / development Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing SAP software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting <a href="https://whatis.techtarget.com">WhatIs.com</a> or using the search box below.

  • A

    ABAP (Advanced Business Application Programming)

    ABAP (Advanced Business Application Programming) is a programming language for developing applications for the SAP R/3 system, a widely-installed business application subsystem. (Continued...)

  • ABAP Objects

    In the R/3 product from the German software company, SAP, ABAP Objects is a programming language and part of the ABAP Workbench that allows developers to create and run applications that contain program objects.

  • ABAP Workbench

    ABAP Workbench is a set of programs for developing enterprise resource management (ERM) applications that run in the R/3 subsystem from SAP. The latest version includes ABAP Objects, an object-oriented programming language.

  • Advanced Planner and Optimizer (APO)

    Advanced Planner and Optimizer (APO) is a set of software applications from the German-based software company SAP for supply chain management.

  • Application Link Enabling (ALE)

    Application Link Enabling (ALE) is a mechanism for the exchange of business data between loosely-coupled R/3 applications built by customers of SAP, the enterprise resource management program.

  • Ariba (Ariba Network)

    Ariba is the creator and provider of the Ariba Network, a cloud-based B2B sourcing and procurement marketplace where buyers and suppliers can do business within a single networked structure.

  • AribaPay

    AribaPay is a system for electronic payments for goods and services on the SAP Ariba Network, a global business trading community. AribaPay is designed to bring visibility and a consumer-like experiences B2B e-commerce, as well as replacing complex and inefficient paper-based invoicing processes and systems.

  • ASAP (AcceleratedSAP)

    ASAP (AcceleratedSAP) is a step-by-step methodology for speeding up the implementation of an SAP R/3 system. The components of ASAP, which can be used together or individually, are called accelerators.

  • ASUG (Americas' SAP Users' Group)

    ASUG (Americas' SAP Users' Group), founded in 1990, is the largest independent non-profit organization worldwide for users of products from SAP, which supplies enterprise resource management systems to the large enterprise.

  • B

    BAPI (Business Application Programming Interface)

    BAPI (Business Application Programming Interface) is a set of interfaces to object-oriented programming methods that enable a programmer to integrate third-party software into the proprietary R/3 product from SAP.

  • BEx (Business Explorer)

    In the SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW), BEx (Business Explorer) is the reporting tool used to work with data in the BW database.

  • Business Configuration Set (BC Set)

    In the R/3 system from SAP, a Business Configuration Set (BC Set) is a management tool that allows the user to record, save, and share customized settings.

  • Business Information Warehouse (Business Warehouse or SAP BW)

    Business Information Warehouse (sometimes shortened to "Business Warehouse" or BW) is a packaged, comprehensive business intelligence product centered around a data warehouse that is optimized for (but not limited to) the R/3 environment from SAP. (Continued...)

  • C

    CATT (Computer Aided Test Tool)

    CATT (Computer Aided Test Tool) is a test tool in the ABAP Workbench package from SAP, part of its popular R/3 system.

  • Collaborative Master Data Management (CMDM)

    Collaborative Master Data Management (CMDM) is an integration tool from SAP, the German software company.

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