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1 SAP assignment SAP is a German company that produces enterprise software for the businesses.

In fact, SAP produces informational systems to manage finance, human capital, inventory and other resources and process in a company. Its solution is able to replace work of a lot of employees. Such role just cannot be overestimated in the modern world of information and high technology. Some additional information about the company can be got from the following quote. It sells its products through its subsidiaries and resellers. SAP AG has a strategic relationship with Cap Gemini S.A. to develop and deploy enterprise mobility solutions. The company was formerly known as SAP Aktiengesellschaft Systeme, Anwendungen, Produkte in der Datenverarbeitung. SAP AG was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Walldorf, Germany (SAP Business Summary). The company was founded in 1972. Five ex-workers of IBM were its founders. Its first product was launched in 1973. It was called SAP R/1 solution. Since that time the company has become a world-known. It provides business solutions for any industry and any kind of business. Among its products the following ones can be pointed out SAP ERP and SAP R/3. Probably SAP ERP is the most famous and successful companys product. ERP is an enterprise resource planning. Enterprise Resource Planning An integrated information system that serves all departments within an enterprise. Evolving out of the manufacturing industry, ERP implies the use of packaged software rather than proprietary software written by or for one customer (Definition of ERP). Now we would like to provide some background information about the company under consideration VDO. VDO is a trademark of the Continental Corporation. The Continantal

2 Corporation has the so-called Automotive Group. This Group has three business divisions that produce innovative solutions to the automotive industry. The company under consideration has the following strategic objectives: 1. To meet al the needs of customers and even predict them; 2. To provide the products and services that are characterized with a high quality; 3. To provide the highest benefits for the stakeholders; 4. To increase the current share on the market; 5. To maintain positive dynamics of the companys shares etc. Nowadays the company is facing the following challenges: 1. Growing business requires improvement of management and management systems; 2. Tough financial conditions requires more effective financial management; 3. There are growing requirements to human capital, which is also a product of effective management; 4. Business success is nowadays associated with high technology and innovations; 5. On the other hand, the company should propose innovative solutions to its own customers. We believe that in order to meet these challenges the company has to implement SAP solutions. There are at least four motivations: to follow the requirements of time; to save money and time needed to maintain old procedures; to have an innovative character of business; to meet the growing degree of competition. We believe that the company is going to get the following benefits from this step: financial benefits, because money can be saved needed to maintain special personnel; to save time needed for the old procedures; more positive image on the market; growing reputation among the stakeholders etc.

3 References SAP Business Summary. Available from: <http://finance.yahoo.com/q/pr?s=sap>. [08 May 2012] SAP Official Website. Available from: <http://www.sap.com/index.epx >. [08 may 2012] Definition of ERP. Available from: <http://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia_term/0,2542,t=ERP&i=42727,00.asp>. [08 May 2012]