An Overview of SAP Technology

An Overview of SAP Technology

Linda K. Lau (Longwood University, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-378-4.ch002


This chapter commences with a brief description of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), follows by a description of SAP, the largest enterprise software provider in the world. The timeline of activities since its inception in 1972 are summarized in a table. SAP’s flagship software program, the R/3 system, is portrayed in more detail. The capabilities of the R/3 system, the three-tier client/server technology it employs, its hardware and software, and several problems associated with its implementation and use are discussed. The two R/3 implementation tools – namely, the Accelerated SAP and the Ready to Run systems – are also described.

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