software was developed to be modular, scaleable, open and
flexible, allowing companies to tailor it specifically to
their needs. SAP calls this approach to implementing software
"configure to order" because each implementation
will be different according to each customer's needs.
SAP solutions don't stop there. Information integration
is a major tenet of the SAP philosophy, and SAP places great
emphasis on the creation of tools that facilitate it. SAP
provides integration tools and methods for linking legacy
and distributed systems as well as a host of third party
software solutions, to get your information into the right
hands, internally and externally.
from Traditional approach
Traditional Information technology systems used by many
business today have been developed to accomplish some specific
task and provide reports and analysis of events that have
already taken place. Examples are accounting general ledger
systems. Occasionally, some systems operate in a "real-time"
mode that is, have up to date information in them and can
be used to actually control events. A typical company has
many separate systems to manage different processes like
production, sales and accounting. Each of these systems
has its own databases and seldom passes information to other
systems in a timely manner.
takes a different approach. There is only one information
system in an enterprise, SAP. All applications access common
data. Real events in the business initiate transactions.
Accounting is done automatically by events in sales and
production. Sales can see when products can be delivered.
Production schedules are driven by sales. The whole system
is designed to be real-time and not historical.
structure embodies what are considered the "best business
practices". A company implementing SAP adapts it operations
to it to achieve its efficiencies and power.
process of adapting procedures to the SAP model involves
"Business Process Re-engineering" which is a logical
analysis of the events and relationships that exist in an
reporting and document generation for individual countries
support in most major industrialized countries
can customize business modules to realize best business
provides necessary interfaces to incorporate external
accommodates acquisitions and growth
can be configured the way you want to do business in the
customized screens processing and reports
runs on multiple hardware platforms
Enterprise-wide integration is the main functionality
of SAP R/3 System. No other application software offers
the breadth of open systems, client/server functionality,
functional links between processes that multiply the power
of each person's work. The R/3 System's components are fully
integrated. Once you enter data, it resides in the central
database shared by all R/3 components. Transaction-related
process chains trigger the next activity as needed from
engineering to production planning to sales and distribution.
The R/3 System's full integration pulls your enterprise
together, promoting data access, flexibility, and productivity.
SAP provides up-to-the-minute, real-time information.