ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING (ERP) SOFTWARE
SAP SE is one of the largest providers of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and related enterprise applications. The ERP system enables its customers to run their business processes, including accounting, sales, production, human resources and finance, in an integrated environment. The integration ensures that information flows from one SAP component to another without the need for redundant data entry and helps enforce financial, process and legal controls. It also facilitates the effective use of resources, including manpower, machines and production capacities.
A BRIEF HISTORY
In 2011, the company launched SAP HANA, an in-memory database platform that is at the forefront of the company’s future strategy.
SAP has offered HANA as a deployment option for Business Suite, and, in 2015, released S/4HANA, an ambitious rewrite of Business Suite optimized for the HANA platform.
The SAP ERP software system, called SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC), is the collective term for SAP’s functional and technical modules that enable enterprises to manage business processes through a unified system. ECC is the on-premises version of SAP, and it is usually implemented in medium and large-sized companies. For smaller companies, SAP offers its Business One ERP platform.
LIST OF SAP MODULES AND DEVELOPING PRODUCTS
SAP ERP software has different main modules, which are separated into functional modules and technical modules, each of which has submodules. The functional modules include:
- Human Capital Management (HCM)
- Production Planning (PP)
- Materials Management (MM)
- Project System (PS)
- Sales and Distribution (SD)
- Plant Maintenance (PM)
- Financial Accounting (FI)
- Quality Management (QM)
- Controlling (CO)
SAP also has cross-application components, which can be implemented with any of the main modules:
- Document Management System
- Product Lifecycle Management
SAP technical modules include:
- SAP NetWeaver
- IS (Information Systems) Management
- XI (Exchange Infrastructure)
- Business Intelligence (BI)
- Business Warehouse (BW)
- SAP HANA
INDUSTRY SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS
Furthermore, SAP has industry-specific applications that support business processes unique to a particular industry. Some of these applications are:
- SAP for Utilities
- SAP for Insurance
- SAP for Oil and Gas
- SAP Healthcare
SAP BUSINESS SUITE
SAP Business Suite is a bundle of business applications that provides integration of business and processes, as well as industry-focused functionality. It has SAP ERP software as its foundation, plus modules for customer relationship management, product lifecycle management, supply chain management and supplier relationship management. SAP customers can choose to run Business Suite on SAP HANA.
SAP C/4HANA is a cloud-based customer experience and e-commerce platform introduced in June 2018. It consists of five component applications: SAP Marketing Cloud, SAP Customer Cloud, SAP Sales Cloud, SAP Service Cloud and SAP Customer Data Cloud.
SAP Leonardo is an integrated system of software and services that encompasses next-generation technologies that include Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), big data, advanced analytics, 3-D printing (additive manufacturing), and blockchain under the SAP Cloud Platform.
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