SAP has been a powerhouse in the supply chain management sector for more than 15 years. Their initial dedicated supply chain product, SAP APO (for “Advanced Planner & Optimizer”) was launched in 2000. It was rebranded as SAP SCM (“Supply Chain Management”) in 2007.
To consultants who invest heavily in understanding technologies, the last thing you want is to sink your valuable time and experience into dead end software. So an application that’s shown stellar growth over a decade is a great thing.
SAP APO, the original platform, will be supported until 2025 – at least. That’s a 25-year run. Had you launched an SAP consulting career at the same time SAP APO reached the market and begun as a young college graduate, by now you could have married, raised a family, put a kid or two through college, paid off your student loans (if you’re American), bought your first “fun car,” retired a mortgage – or maybe just eaten a lot of pizza. But that’s a bit fanciful. Your life would have taken any number of twists and turns during that time. But SAP APO would have been there the whole time. All that and a decent paycheck, and you’re enjoying what many would consider a brilliant career. But wait – there’s even more.
SAP, according to Gartner’s more recent analysis, had a supply chain market share of about 26%. And consider: their nearest competitor in terms of market share, Oracle, is a distant second at less than 15% — and they lost market share recently, year on year.
And we haven’t even got to the latest: SAP HANA and the new SAP IBP supply chain technology. SAP IBP consists of five components, anyone of which can keep an SAP consultant profitably busy for many years to come:
SAP IBP Supply Chain Control Tower for visibility
SAP IBP Sales & Operation Planning for decision making
SAP IBP Demand for demand planning
SAP IBM Inventory for – you guessed it – inventory
SAP IBP Response & Supply for agility