- SAP is an integrated software product of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) developed by SAP AG.
- SAP AG is the name of a company located in Germany. (AG is known as ‘Incorporated’ in German language).
- 5 IBM employees founded SAP in the year 1972.
- SAP AG is an older company than both Oracle and Microsoft.
- The company has about 44,000 employees and supports more than 40 languages, 50 currencies and 30 industry specific solutions with one million SAP end-users.
- The SAP Architecture has started with its first version as SAP R/1 which was a financial Accounting system, replaced by SAP R/2 at the end of the 1980s.
- SAP R/2 was in a mainframe based business application software suite that was very successful in the 1980s and early 1990s.
- Later SAP AG brought out a client–server version of the software called SAP R/3 (“R” was for “Real-time data processing” and 3 was for 3-tier).
- SAP R/3 was officially launched on 6 July 1992.
- SAP R/3 Architecture is based on a 3-tier client server principle categorised as Presentation server, Application server and Database server.
SAP – Types of Projects:
SAP has both Technical and Functional modules with few new Dimensional modules too.
Advantages of SAP
- Rich set of modules
- Data Integrity
- Easy Administration
- Only one side Database
- SAP supports all database & operating system
- Global support 7 x 24 x 365
- SAP supports multi languages
- One GUI for all R/3 systems
- SAP supports JAVA
- Easy Add-ons
- High security
- User friendly
- Common programming language which supports OOPS and ABAP
SAP is pronounced as S-A-P, but not SAP.
SAP refers to both the name of a company and the software as well.
SAP stands for “Systeme, Anwendungen, Produkte in der datenverarbeitung” in German.
Major Competitors of SAP are BAAN, Oracle Corporation, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards.
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