SAP (now SAP SE) is one of the largest vendors of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and is currently headquartered in Walldorf, Germany. The acronym SAP stands for Systems, Applications and Products, derived from the original German name, Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung.
The company’s ERP products enable more than 365,000 customers worldwide to integrate their critical business functions. Business processes included in SAP ERP range from operations (sales and distribution, materials management, production planning, logistics execution and quality management) and financials (accounting, supply chain management) to human resource management (training, payroll and recruiting) and corporate services (travel management, environment, real estate and health and safety). ERP integration helps information flow from one SAP component to another, preventing redundant data entry, enforcing company policies, and simplifying compliance. SAP products 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. For enterprises with high availability requirements, clustering can reduce SAP application downtime, and automated system replication can accelerate SAP database recovery. For higher performance, page cache management can limit the caching of large SAP data sets. Existing infrastructures can transition SAP workloads to the cloud for built-in business continuity, automated database recovery and full system rollback to mitigate change errors. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications includes products and support services that are performance-tuned for SAP applications and SAP HANA databases.