SAP stands for Systems, Applications and Products (in data processing)
Put simply, SAP is an information management system that enables all the parts of a large organisation to talk in the same language.
Let’s imagine a huge global company who make fizzy drinks. They have factories making the drinks, logistic companies delivering them around the world, shops selling the drinks, marketing departments trying to sell even more… and on it goes. Each division has crucial information it needs to share with the others.
In the past, that meant either lots of data being manually inputted and interpreted – hardly efficient or fool proof – or the company had to build a bespoke and expensive IT system to gather all the data, store it and then enable it to be shared around the company. It wasn’t an elegant approach.
Then along came SAP.
SAP integrated all the systems into one process, allowing data to flow around the company, internally and externally. So a product manager in Argentina could see if stocks were low in Zambia.
It’s a big commitment to transition to SAP, replacing out dated legacy systems. But once it’s in place, it enables every part of an organisation to share information in real-time. It’s future proof, adapting as a business grows. And it becomes the spine of a company’s infrastructure. Which means that SAP staff are always in high demand.