Sunday, June 3, 2007

What is SAP? Introduction To SAP

What is SAP? SAP (Systems Applications and Products in Data Processing) • SAP is both the name of the Company as well as their ERP Product. 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 is an ERP Package: ERP (enterprise resource planning) is an industry term for the broad set of activities supported by multi-module application software that helps a manufacturer or other business manage the important parts of its business, including product planning, parts purchasing, maintaining inventories, interacting with suppliers, providing customer service, and tracking orders. ERP can also include application modules for the finance and human resources aspects of a business. Typically, an ERP system uses or is integrated with a relational database system. The deployment of an ERP system can involve considerable business process analysis, employee retraining, and new work procedures. Enterprise Architecture - Benefits • Eliminates the duplication, discontinuity and redundancy in data • Increases the return on investment made on IT implementations • Delivers quality information designed for the Enterprise as a whole • Faster and cheaper • Delivers quality information to produce a quality enterprise • Satisfying Partners/Customers • Reducing required manpower There are now 44,500 installations of SAP, in 120 countries, with more then 10 million users! SAP now are moving away from describing their system as a set of modules, and now are using the term ‘solutions’, which is much better. If you visit SAP’s website (as we urge you to do) you will find that they have structured their Solutions tab as follows: Financials Human Resources Customer Relationship Management Supplier Relationship Management Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Management Business Intelligence If you’re still looking for that list of modules, here they are: FI Financial Accounting – essentially your regulatory ‘books of record’, includingGeneral ledger Book close Tax Accounts receivable Accounts payable Consolidation Special ledgers CO Controlling – basically your internal cost/management accounting, includingCost elements Cost centres Profit centres Internal orders Activity based costing Product costing AM Asset Management – track, value and depreciate your assets, includingPurchase Sale Depreciation Tracking PS Project Systems – manage your projects, large and small, includingMake to order Plant shut downs (as a project) Third party billing (on the back of a project) HR Human Resources – ah yes, people, includingEmployment history Payroll Training Career management Succession planning PM Plant Maintenance – maintain your equipment (e.g. a machine, an oil rig, an aircraft etc), includingLabour Material Down time and outages MM Materials Management – underpins the supply chain, includingRequisitions Purchase orders Goods receipts Accounts payable Inventory management BOM’s Master raw materials, finished goods etc QM Quality Management – improve the quality of your goods, includingPlanning Execution Inspections Certificates PP Production Planning – manages your production process, includingCapacity planning Master production scheduling Material requirements planning Shop floor SD Sales and Distribution – from order to delivery, including RFQ Sales orders Pricing Picking (and other warehouse processes) Packing Shipping CA Cross Application – these lie on top of the individual modules, and include WF – workflow BW – business information warehouse Office – for email Workplace Industry solutions New Dimension products such as CRM, PLM, SRM, APO etc If you have any other queries mail me : Now get paid for each sms u recieve in ur phone...seems intresting.. yaa its true register here

1 comment:

selva said...

Its really useful for the novices like me in SAP...Thanks....