SAP is a well-known company of German origin, whose activities are related to the production of software. It was founded in 1972 by five managers who previously worked at IBM.
Hasso Plattner, Klaus Wellenreiter, Dietmar Hopp, Klaus Chira and Hans-Werner Hector, having summed up all their experience, decided to offer the world their own way of doing business. Their brainchild was called “Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung” (“System Analysis and Program Development”) and was originally located in Mannheim, Germany.
Starting with 9 employees and DM 620,000 in total revenue at the end of its first year of operation, SAP has grown over time into a leading provider of business management software. At the end of 2008, more than 39,400 different companies in 120 countries around the world used SAP solutions, and the company's profits exceeded €11.567 billion. The number of SAP employees at that time already numbered 50,000 people.
To date, the main activity of the company is the development of automated control systems for external processes of enterprises. We are talking about accounting, trade, production, finance, personnel management and more. It is also important that all applications developed by SAP are created in accordance with the legal context of a particular country. In addition to software supplies, the company also offers software implementation services based on its own unique methodology.