Chapter 2

WHAT IS SAP SOFTWARE?

There are several definitions of SAP Software. When people refer to SAP, they mean SAP R/3®, the ERP software package. When SAP released R/3 back in 1992, it was still clear what people meant by SAP software. Besides the mainframe software R/2®, R/3 was the only software SAP shipped in those days. Times have changed. SAP currently delivers a wide range of software and business solutions and packages. The solutions are so-called vertical business oriented, which means that SAP creates solutions for an entire business column, like the food or the telecommunications industry. Within such an industry, SAP offers different packed solutions. Each type of business does share common business processes like finance, product ...

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