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Sap

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by DaytonBuck, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    I noticed Ernie Els wearing some SAP shirts at a tourny, anyone know anything about this company?
     
  2. BrutuStrength

    BrutuStrength It's time to bring it! Staff Member

    They provide their own brand of self-named enterprise solution software. They are based out of Germany. Many corporations use them for warehouse management (wholesale and retail goods,) human resources, sales, etc.

    The licensing of their software is expensive, costing millions. Their software runs on a variety of platforms: Unix (HP, Solaris, ATX, etc.,) Linux, and Windows (NT platforms.) Every system upgrade/modification is a significant exercise. We are currently upgrading our system (nearly a 5 month process) and have approximately 10+ consultants working with us during the entire period.

    To learn more about the company itself, check out www.SAP.com.
     
  3. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    The licensing of their software is expensive, costing millions.

    Then their company name is well-chosen, seeing as they sap your finances...
     
  4. BuckeyeInTheBoro

    BuckeyeInTheBoro This space left intentionally blank

    They are actually the third largest software supplier in the world. Their software is used at many (most?) of the Furtune 500 companies and many more large to mid-size corporations. SAP has been veddy veddy good to me.
     
  5. coxew

    coxew Newbie

    Also a very nice to place to work. They've been the model company in a couple courses I've taken for my MBA. Benefits include on site doctors, daycare, etc. I believe they even have a high school on their campus for the children of their employees. Easy to see why their software costs millions.
     
  6. BuckeyeInTheBoro

    BuckeyeInTheBoro This space left intentionally blank

    Not by any chance getting that MBA from Heidelberg College in Tiffin are you? I know they do an SAP case study and even go to Germany every other year or so.
     
  7. BrutuStrength

    BrutuStrength It's time to bring it! Staff Member

    Coxew- I don't know how old your MBA data is/was, but they were also negatively impacted by the IT implosion. I was on a project with a number of their consultants when it happened, and they were all grumbling about the reduction in their healthcare coverage and other changes.

    They are still a good company to work for, but they have reduced their benefits over the past few years, at least fo their US operations.
     
  8. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    BiTB

    I assume MS is #1 and Oracle #2? Is that worldwide revenues?

    I think it is important when you discuss this type of software to explain that the software is expensive but the implementation is where the costs come in. The ratio I still hear today is you spend $5-$7 in services for every $1 in software. That pays for the army of consultants that come in set up the software and customize to your wishes. Engagements can take years to complete. It sounds like that would be BiTB's job.

    SAP has spoken to us about becoming a partner. Their cost and implementation schedule is out of my customer's league. They have booths at the trade shows I go to but they do not see much trafiic in the SMB space.

    A company that still offers the great benefits is SAS in Cary NC. Tough to get a job there and the pay is not top level but they take care of their people.

    As far a the MBA case studies go they use those things forever. It does not matter what is current, they are trying to get the students to use some analytical skills and prompt discussion. I still remember doing one on Nike even as they were being bashed for paying third world labor pennies a day.I think the case study was about how they were a marketing and idea company not a manufacturing company. Aren't most of those studies written at Harvard and other schools pay to use them? I thought that is where we got most of ours.
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2004
  9. BuckeyeInTheBoro

    BuckeyeInTheBoro This space left intentionally blank

    I think that's correct. That's just the marketing schtik we get from our SAP guys. I do know that Microsoft tried to buy SAP about a year ago, but it fell through. I'm not sure what would have been in it for SAP other than fat paychecks for the founders and current decision-makers.

    You are correct... but BitB's an "army of one".

    I too have heard nothing but good things about SAS. I work with several people who used to work there or have friends working there.
     
  10. coxew

    coxew Newbie

    I've been working on that damn thing off and on from Miami for the past three years now. Most of the stuff I heard about them would have been near the beginning of the program.
     

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