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History of SAP Company - Infographics

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History of SAP Company - Infographics

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History of SAP Company - Timeline and Infographics


1970 SAP R/1 40
1980 SAP R/2 2,200
1990 SAP R/3 15,000
2003 My SAP 41,000
2005 SAP ERP 1,00000
2010 SAP Business One 2,50000
2016 SAP S/4 Hana Global Presence in 188 Countries
2018 SAPS/4 Hana updates + security patches 46 years of success


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Brief History of SAP

SAP SE (SAP) is the largest multinational software company headquartered in Walldorf, Germany. SAP develop enterprise applications to manage the connections with the consumers and also the operations in business. The Business operates through two sections: Technology, Software & Services division, and also the SAP Business Network section.

Some of the best software’s of this company are enterprise resource planning systems (SAP ERP), SAP business objects applications along with SAP business warehouse (SAP BW).

The business has its own offices throughout the world. Now 46 years and more than 413,000+ customers, SAP is fueled by the pioneering spirit that inspired its founders to transform the IT industry continually.

1972: SAP was launched in 1972 by five former IBM workers with a vision of developing standard application software since its beginning SAP has issued a few releases, such as SAP R/3, SAP R/2, and SAP R/1. The R in these releases represents "real-time" data processing. The 3 at the R/3 stands for a three-tier client-server architecture. SAP's current version is SAP Business Suite 7.

1973: SAP finishes its first accounting system - RF. This system functions as the foundation from the creation of applications modules.

1974: Converted its RF system from the DOS operating system to OS.

1975: Businesses can handle their buying, inventory management, and invoice confirmation with SAP's RM platform.

1976: Five decades after, the partnership dissolved, and its rights have been handed down to SAP GmbH Systeme, Anwendungen und Produkte in der Datenverarbeitung ("Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing").

1977: SAP moves its headquarters from Weinheim to nearby Walldorf.

1978: SAP finishes the Module Asset Accounting and similar project job at a pilot firm.

1979: Operations began by SAP for the very first time on its own server, Siemens 7738.

1980: SAP moves into its first facility on Max-Planck-Strasse in the Walldorf industrial park.

1981: SAP creates its first event appearance at the IT trade-show Systems at Munich, Germany.

1982: SAP celebrates 10 years in business, and now more than 250 businesses in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland utilize SAP Software.

1983: By midyear, SAP employs 125 people and generates DM 41 million by this year's close.

1984: SAP hires 48 new employees, in particular, to meet its significant personnel needs in developing the new modules RK, PPS, and RP.

1985: SAP's data center now boasts three IBM servers and one Siemens server.

1986: SAP opens its first international subsidiary in Austria. Additionally, it reinforces its existence in western Germany's Rhine-Ruhr region, starting its first branch office at Ratingen (close Düsseldorf).

1987: SAP breaks ground on its new training center in the Walldorf industrial area.

1988: SAP transforms out of the Private Company into the SAP AG. From DM 5 million, the business increases its capital stock in just two increments to DM 60 million.

1989: SAP introduces its new, more user-friendly interface for SAP R/2.

1990: By issuing preference shares its capital stock increases to DM 85 million. These funds allow the enterprise to fund its investments. SAP invests DM 110 million in research and development in developing the SAP R/3 program and SAP R/2.

1991: SAP presents the first applications in its SAP R/3 system at CeBIT in Hanover, where the response is highly positive.

1992: Following successful installations with select pilot customers, SAP brings SAP R/3 to the general public and enters a new level of growth.

1993: SAP starts working with the world's biggest software manufacturer, Microsoft, to port SAP R/3 to the Windows NT operating system.

1994: The SAP R/3 system released for Windows NT. One month later, a Swiss company becomes the first customer to go live with this new version.

1995: SAP starts to concentrate more marketing attempts with the aid of platform re-sellers on midsize companies.

1996: SAP introduces its joint Internet strategy with Microsoft. Through interfaces, clients are now able to join a software. They're also able to make the most of the brand new AS/400 platform of IBM.

1997: SAP celebrates its 25 years in Mannheim. German Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl is one of the guests at the parties.

1998: Klaus Tschira and Dietmar Hopp, two co-founders of SAP, declare their choice to resign by the Executive Board of the company.

1999: The soccer club FC Bayern Munich, the financial services provider MLP, and others sign up in October, while November and December witness the arrival of Hewlett-Packard, the Ford subsidiary Visteon, and the pharmaceutical group Hoechst Marion Roussel.

2000: SAP is now the world’s leading supplier of business software solutions and its current numbers more than 24,000 employees in over 50 countries, generating earnings of 6.3 billion at the 2000 financial year (a 2-3% growth when compared with 1999).

2001: Top-tier's founder, Shai Agassi, takes over the management of this business area and is appointed to the SAP Executive Board one year later.

2002: Thirty years after its foundation, SAP is the third-largest independent software provider in the world.

2003: Hasso Plattner resigns from the Executive Board and is elected chairman of the Supervisory Board. Plattner is the final SAP co-founder to leave the company's management team but remains with SAP in an advisory role.

2004: SAP brings the first version of SAP NetWeaver to market.

2005: A research conducted on behalf of the business magazine Capital titles SAP Germany "Best employer of 2005" among other companies with 5,000 employees or longer.

2006: Along with SAP Germany, SAP Austria, SAP Chile, SAP Andina y del Caribe, SAP Mexico, and SAP Region Sur win the "Great Place to Work" award from the Institute of the same name.

2007: The Company buys Pilot Software – a private California provider of strategy management software – as well as Yusa, OutlookSoft, Wicom, and MaXware. SAP also announces its intention to purchase Business Objects, a company specializing in business intelligence applications.

2008: After purchasing the French provider of business intelligence solutions the portfolio of SAP also enlarges which makes it the industry leader in enterprise management applications and company intelligence.

2009: Additional curricular and Employees cutbacks measures. At the time of Q3 2009, SAP uses some 47,800 people.

2010: Chief technology officer Vishal Sikka joins the Executive Board. Angelika Dammann follows Sikka in July, becoming the first woman to serve on the Executive Board as she assumes responsibility for global human resources and labor relations.

2011: Clients Implement the SAP HANA platform, the very first in-memory product. The requirement for SAP HANA contrasted during that time of its launching to this for SAP R/3 applications. Its partners and SAP currently boat software that opens the SAP world to some other kind of user.

2012: SAP acquires Ariba, with the goal to deliver an end-to-end cloud procurement solution and become the leader in the fast-growing segment of inter-enterprise cloud-based business networks.

2013: Company reports $16.9 billion non-IFRS overall earnings, with 1 1% constant currency growth in software and cloud subscription revenue.

2014: SAP completes the acquisition of Concur, the largest software-as-a-service acquisition in history, adding the US$1.2 trillion industry travel market to the reach of SAP's leadership status in the industry network.

2015: Creation of enterprise applications with a fresh small business package, SAP S/4HANA. A platform that was on the SAP HANA advanced in-memory platform to crack through all or any limitations of this past.

2016: Apple® and SAP announced a partnership to combine powerful native apps for iPhone® and iPad® with the cutting-edge capabilities of the SAP HANA platform.

2017: Google and SAP announce a partnership to make SAP HANA available on Google’s public cloud platform for the first time. With this particular venture SAP, HANA becomes accessible on the three Programs: Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and also Google Cloud Platform.

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