Founded in 1972, SAP is the recognized leader in providing collaborative business solutions for all types of industries and for every major market. Headquartered in Willdorf, Germany, SAP is the world's largest inter-enterprise software company, and the world's third largest independent software supplier overall. SAP employs over 28,900 people in more than 50 countries SAP professionals are dedicated to providing high-level customer support and services.

1972 - Five former IBM employees

(1) Dietmer Hopp

(2) Hans-Werner

(3) Hasso Plattner

(4) klaus Tschira

(5) Claus Wellenreuther

Launch a company called SAP - Systems Analysis and Program Development.

Later this was known as SAP - Systems Applications and Products.

1973 - R/1 system is created

R stands for Real Time

1 stands for one tier.

1980 - SAP MOVES TO Max-Planck-Strasse in an industrial

park in Walldorf, near Heidelberg, Germany.

1981 - SAP R/2 is widely accepted.

R stands for Real time

2 stands for two tier.

1986 - SAP moves outside Germany, Austria. Revenues reach DM 100 million around U.S. $52 million) earlier than expected.

1988 - SAP GmbH becomes SAP AG. Nov 4, 1.2 million shares are listed on Frankfurt and Stuttgart stock exchanges.

1992 - SAP R/3 is unleashed in market.

1996 - 1,089 new SAP R/3 customers have been won.

1997 - SAP celebrates it's 25th anniversary and now employs around 12,900 people.

1998 - SAP stocks now trades on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

1999 - In May Co-Founder,Co-Chairman and CEO Hassao Plattner announces the strategy.

2000 - More than 10 million users work with SAP solutions. There are now 36,000 installations.

SAP's products focus on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), which it helped to pioneer. The company's main product is SAP ERP. The name of its predecessor, SAP R/3 gives a clue to its functionality: the "R" stands for release the number 3 means it's the 3rd release, which also happens to relate to a 3 tier client-server architecture (database layer-application layer-presentation layer) 3-tier architecture: database, application server and client (SAPgui). R/2, which ran on Mainframe architecture, was the first SAP version.

Other major product offerings include Advanced Planner and Optimizer (APO), Business Information Warehouse (BW), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Exchange Infrastructure (XI), Enterprise Portal (EP) and SAP Knowledge Warehouse (KW).

The APO name has been retired and rolled into SCM. The BW name (Business Warehousing) has now been rolled into the SAP NetWeaver BI (Business Intelligence) suite and functions as the reporting module.

The company also offers a new technology platform, named SAP NetWeaver which replaces SAP Business Connector for Integration/middleware capabilities and offers a systematic approach to Enterprise SOA solutions with a collection of products. While its original products are typically used by Fortune 500 companies, SAP is now also actively targeting small and medium sized enterprises (SME) with its SAP Business One and SAP All-in-One.

SAP officials say there are over 100,600 SAP installations serving more than 41,200 companies in more than 25 industries in more than 120 countries.

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Mohana Reddy 6 years ago

Very good information about SAP from the foundation to as on date.

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