What Does SAP Stand For?

What does SAP stand for?

SAP stands for “Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing”.

That’s an easy enough answer but SAP has not always stood for what it means today.

Learn the short and sweet history of SAP’s name and for what the company SAP itself actually stands for.

Let’s get started.


SAP’s Naming History

When SAP was founded in Germany in 1972, SAP stood for “Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung.”

That German translates to “System Analysis and Program Development” in English.

When SAP was founded, It took the form of a private partnership under the German Civil Code (GbR).

In 1976, SAP founded a limited liability company (GmbH) in accordance with the company law of Germany as a sales and support subsidiary to SAP’s private partnership.

This limited liability company was called SAP as well.

But this time, SAP stood for “Systeme, Anwendungen und Produkte in der Datenverarbeitung” or in English, “Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing.”

When SAP turned into a stock company (AG) in 1988, SAP continued to stand for “Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing.”

And it stuck with the same name when it transformed from a stock company to the European “SE” (Societas European) in 2014, and that has continued to the present day.

Therefore, SAP initially stood for “Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung” in German or in English, “System Analysis and Program Development”.

Now, SAP stands for “Systeme, Anwendungen und Produkte in der Datenverarbeitung” in German or in English, “Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing”.

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SAP stands for 'Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing'.

SAP in a Nutshell

SAP is a huge German business software manufacturer.

The company was founded by five former IBM employees, in 1972.

SAP provides the world’s leading business software solutions that organize the various processes within companies and across company boundaries.

So-called ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software.

Their portfolio includes ERP applications for large and medium-sized companies that are highly customizable, as well as less-customizable standard solutions for small and medium-sized companies.

SAP also provides applications to support core processes in the

  • retail,
  • finance,
  • high-tech,
  • healthcare,
  • public administration, and
  • other industries with industry-specific solutions.

The company’s flagship product is the SAP Business Suite, which can be tailored to meet specific requirements and business objectives.

The most recent version is called S/4 (Business Suite 4).

This application bundle is based on the HANA (High-Performance Analytic Appliance) database technology developed by SAP.

HANA’s major feature is that data is no longer stored on the hard disk but fully in memory, and is therefore available more quickly.

Lately, SAP has heavily invested in the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) market and offers now various CRM cloud computing applications for

  • commerce (SAP Commerce Cloud),
  • customer data protection (SAP Gigya),
  • customer service (SAP Service Cloud),
  • marketing (SAP Marketing Cloud), and
  • sales (SAP Sales Cloud).

Along with its CRM cloud computing applications, SAP still offers an on-premise version of CRM applications with the “S/4HANA for customer management”.

Check out this definitive guide to SAP for a complete version of what SAP is.

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