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When Xerox aimed to exit the computer industry in 1975, they asked IBM to migrate their business systems to IBM technology. As part of IBM’s compensation for the migration, IBM was given the rights to the Scientific Data Systems (SDS)/SAPE software, reportedly for a contract credit of $80,000.
Five IBM engineers from the AI department (Dietmar Hopp, Klaus Tschira, Hans-Werner Hector, Hasso Plattner, and Claus Wellenreuther, all from Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg) were working in an enterprise-wide system based on this software, only to be told that it would be no longer necessary. Rather than abandon the project, they decided to leave IBM Tech and start another company.
In June 1970, they founded Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung (“System Analysis and Program Development”) company, as a private partnership under the German Civil Code.
Their first client was the German branch of Imperial Chemical Industries in Östringen, where they developed mainframe programs for payroll and accounting. Instead of storing the data on punch cards mechanically, as IBM did, they stored it locally. Therefore, they called their software a real-time system, since there was no need to process the punch cards overnight (for this reason their flagship product carried an R in its name until the late 1990s). This first version was also a standalone software that could be offered to other interested parties.
Today, SAP is the world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software-related service revenue. Based on market capitalization, they are the world’s third largest independent software manufacturer with over 320,000 customers in 190 countries. And, they are the dominant software provider for the Fortune 500. Like coffee? The world’s largest coffee company runs on SAP. Rather drink cola? The world’s largest soft drink company runs SAP. Making your 3rd trip to the hardware store to finish your “weekend warrior” home project? The world’s largest hardware store runs SAP. 8 out of 10 large companies run SAP. But, what most people don’t know is the largest part of their customer base are actually small to mid-sized companies.
SAP Business One
In March 2002, SAP purchased TopManage Financial Systems and branded their system as SAP Business One. The acquisition allowed SAP to reach out to the midmarket through its partners and also to gain additional business from the smaller subsidiaries of its enterprise customers. In 2016, SAP Business One is now used by tens of thousands of small and midsize businesses worldwide, 55,000+. The application offers an affordable way to manage an entire business – from sales and customer relationships to financials and operations. Sold exclusively through SAP partners, it helps companies streamline processes, act on timely information, and drive profitable growth. Because every business is different, SAP Business One is designed with flexibility in mind and can be deployed on premise or in the cloud, and can be accessed any time and from any place using our mobile deployment methods.