SAP applications are business software products built by SAP SE, one of the largest vendors of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software in the world. Each software component and application in the SAP family of products and services meets a particular business need, ranging from financial and resource management to systems integration to customer relationship management. Popular applications include SAP Enterprise Resource Planning, SAP Product Lifecycle Management, SAP Supplier Relationship Management, SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, and SAP Customer Relationship Management. SAP HANA is an increasingly demanded in-memory data platform for performing real-time business analytics and deploying real-time applications in the cloud.
SAP applications may contain many modules, with each module providing specific functionality such as the Finance module and the Production Planning module in SAP ERP. By combining multiple SAP applications, an enterprise can create and manage an extended chain of integrated business processes. SAP applications facilitate the effective use of business resources. For example, enterprises can use SAP applications to track customer transactions, reduce inventory levels and administrative costs, minimize production shortages and interruptions, and lower labor costs. SAP offers on-premises, cloud and hybrid deployment models of its ERP and data management applications.
The SAP company has announced that by 2025 its customers must transition existing SAP applications from Microsoft Windows Servers and Unix servers to an enterprise Linux distribution. SAP plans to have all of its applications delivered as SAP S/4HANA apps by 2025. As the preferred operating system for SAP S/4HANA applications, SUSE Linux can help SAP customers with application migration to Linux and the cloud. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is the premier operating environment for SAP environments, and the first solution that supports both Intel / AMD x86-64 and IBM POWER processor-based servers for SAP HANA.