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Introduction To SAP

Updated on October 19, 2010

A Simple Introduction To SAP

SAP is a breed of Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. This type of software is used by a vast majority of large companies. The integrated database of ERP systems such as SAP allow the companies to have access to realtime information and has given them the agility to respond to rapidly changing markets and to compete on a global level.

The abbrieviation SAP stands for Systems, Applications & Products. It is NOT pronounced as a word but instead the letters are spelt out when referring to the system (i.e. say S-A-P not sap). SAP holds the #1 position in the market share of Enterprise Applications (ERP, CRM, SCM, PLM, SRM).

Global Rankings of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems:

1) SAP
2) Oracle Applications (JD Edwareds, PeopleSoft, Sibel, Retek)
3) Microsoft Business Solutions (Great Plains, Navision, Axapta)
4) Soloman
5) The Sage Group (PeachTree), AccPac ERP)
6) Infor Global Solutions of Atlantas (BAAN)

A Bit About SAP

-Founded in Walldorf, Germany in 1972
-World’s Largest Business Software Company
-World’s Third-largest Independent Software Provider
-Over 50,000 employees in more than 50 countries
-More than 95,000 customers in more than 120 countries
-Over 100,000 installations
-Over 12 million users

My Recommended SAP Books.

SAP R/3 for Everyone: Step-by-Step Instructions, Practical Advice, and Other Tips and Tricks for Working with SAP
SAP R/3 for Everyone: Step-by-Step Instructions, Practical Advice, and Other Tips and Tricks for Working with SAP

This is the first SAP book I read and it provides a great starting point into SAP. It gives you a simple overview of the main concepts and then shows how each individual functions tie together.

Sams Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours (3rd Edition)
Sams Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours (3rd Edition)

A great book providing information mostly on the end user aspect of navigating through SAP.

Discover SAP
Discover SAP

Another great introductory book into SAP that provides an overview on all aspects of the software.



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    • 50 Caliber profile image

      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for the intro, I've never heard of it until now, 50

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      INKcredible 7 years ago

      That's true Gma. In addition to the large corporate/government environment they have also recently begun targeting small and medium sized businesses with their SAP Business One suite.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Mainly used originally for manufacturing - now SAP is dominating all of the corporate world and large governments too - is this true?