With its ERP solution portfolio, SAP addresses companies of all sizes and industries worldwide. The core offering ranges from end-to-end ERP suites that address small and midsize businesses, through industry solutions developed by SAP partners for the upper midsize market, to the new flagship suite available as SAP S/4 HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud. With this concept, SAP offers its customers freedom of choice between cloud, local installation, and hybrid operation.
SAP Solution Portfolio
To date, SAP has won over 350,000 customers worldwide, making it the global market leader in business management software. SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software continues to form the core of the SAP solution portfolio for almost every application and - with the exception of very small businesses - for every size of company. In addition, there is a large number of independent specialist applications, e.g., for customer management (Hybris), human resources management (Success Factors), or procurement (Ariba). But the future belongs to SAP S/4 HANA and SAP S/4 HANA Cloud. However, SAP itself sees this as a new software generation and not as the successor to SAP Business Suite. S/4HANA (Cloud) describes SAP as a real-time ERP suite based on the SAP HANA in-memory database. Its SAP Fiori user interface enables a personalized user experience.
Like SAP S/4 HANA Cloud, SAP also offers the midmarket solution SAP Business ByDesign (SAP ByDesign) from the public cloud. SAP ByDesign is now also based on the SAP HANA in-memory database. All existing SAP ByDesign customers migrated to the new database platform, according to Rainer Zinow of MaxDB and TRex, who is responsible for the product line. SAP has localized the ERP suite Business ByDesign for 19 countries; around 4,000 companies in 128 countries work with the browser-based cloud solution.
Although both SAP S/4 HANA Cloud and SAP ByDesign are based on SAP HANA in-memory technology, both feature the SAP-Fiori user interface, and SAP offers both business solutions exclusively in the public cloud operating model, SAP's software solutions address different sizes of companies.
SAP addresses the ERP suite Business One to companies with a maximum of 100 employees or up to 30 users. To mark the tenth anniversary of its ERP software, SAP announced 55,000 Business One customers with more than one million users in around 150 countries.
Although SAP Business One can be used to control all the vital business processes of a company, the implementation of the turnkey solution is usually completed in a very short time. SAP Business One is also personalized to the user and is therefore considered relatively user-friendly.
Small and medium-sized companies can implement SAP Business One on their own premises or use it via the cloud and access the ERP suite from mobile devices. As a database platform, SAP Business One supports both SAP HANA and Microsoft SQL. The ERP suite Business One is available in 28 languages and 44 country-specific versions. These are implemented and maintained by an international network of over 700 SAP Business One partners.
SAP industry solutions for upper midsize companies
SAP combines industry-specific software packages created by SAP partners under SAP S/4HANA for SAP Business All-in-One. SAP partner solutions for 25 different industries are localized for 62 countries. SAP partners also developed a wide range of industry solutions for the predecessor products of S/4-HANA, SAP ERP 6.0 and SAP Business Suite, under the brand name Business-all-in-one. These are a whole family of preconfigured industry packages, for example for component and small-series manufacturers, automotive suppliers, and plastics and metal processors. The range of these preconfigured partner solutions is aimed not least at ensuring the fastest and most reliable possible start of production.