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June 3, 2016updated 16 Feb 2017 3:02pm

What is SAP Software?

A move to the cloud is underway but software remains the biggest part of SAP's business.

By James Nunns

SAP software refers to a range of software products sold by German company SAP.

Founded in 1972, SAP is one of the largest software companies in the world and produces on-premises traditional software in addition to cloud software.

The cloud software element is relatively new for the company compared to the traditional software that it has been developing since 1972.

SAP is best known for producing enterprise resource planning software (ERP); this allows organisations to manage business operations across procurement, manufacturing, service, sales, finance, and HR.

In addition to the ERP software, SAP also offers several other software solutions such as SAP Anywhere, a combined e-commerce and CRM software package, that is designed to help small businesses manage marketing, sales, customer service, and inventory.

The company also offers Business One, which is designed to manage multiple aspects of a business from sales and customer relationships to financials and operations.

In addition to the software that it produces to help businesses to manage their operations, the company has software aimed at business intelligence (BI).

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In the business intelligence space, the company has BusinessObjects which uses analytics to help businesses to reduce IT costs and workload, and improve decision making across organisations.

Basically BusinessObjects is a suite of front-end applications that provides BI tools in the form of various applications.

Some of the tools include Web Intelligence, which provides a self-service environment for creating ad-hoc queries and analysis of online and offline data. Explorer allows users to search BI data sources, while Crystal Reports lets users design and generate reports.


The company has been pushing its Business Suite 4 SAP HANA, commonly known as S/4 HANA. The suite is built on an in-memory computing platform called SAP HANA and is designed to cover all mission-critical processes of an enterprise.

The business suite offering integrates many of the company’s products such as SAP SRM, CRM, and SCM.

SAP’s idea behind the platform is to make it easier to use and administer its products while also helping to solve more complex problems by handling large amounts of data.

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