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An insight into the use of SAP software


What is SAP?


SAP SE is one of the world’s largest software companies and stands for “systems, applications & products in data processing”. SAP is an ERP (Enterprise Resources Planning) system which businesses use to control and monitor different departments. For example, a company can use their SAP system to manage all of their finance and controlling activities, warehouse stock, sales and distribution, planning and production, staff sick leave and holidays…the list is endless.


The basis of SAP was created in 1972 by five former IBM employees, with the first commercial product being launched in 1973. Since then, SAP has enjoyed phenomenal success and their clients include some of the world’s largest companies, such as adidas, McLaren, Unilever, Nestle, BP, Apple and Vodafone, plus hundreds of other blue-chip companies. SMEs also utilise SAP in the form of SAP Business ByDesign and SuccessFactors.


SAP acquisitions


Since 1991, SAP has successfully acquired 59 other companies with some of their more notable acquisitions including:

  • Concur – Travel and expense management software
  • SuccessFactors – Cloud based HCM (Human Capital Management) software
  • Hybris – Ecommerce and PCM (Product Content Management) software

These acquisitions have contributed to the steady growth of SAP in recent years and with an expected revenue of €30 billion by 2017, SAP is the largest ERP solution in the world.


System applications


There are a variety of modules within an SAP system that align with the different functions of a business. SAP Modules can be grouped into Financials, Human Capital Management and ERP Operations (including Analytics). Some of the more commonly known modules are:



  • ABAP – Advanced Business Application Programming
  • Basis – Administration of SAP
  • BI – Business Intelligence
  • BPC – Business Planning Consolidation
  • PI – Process Integration


  • FI – Financial Accounting
  • CO – Controlling
  • CRM – Customer Relationship Management
  • HR – Human Resources
  • MM – Materials Management
  • SD – Sales and Distribution
  • WM – Warehouse Management
  • PP – Production Planning

New Dimensional

  • APO – Advanced Planner Optimizer
  • EWM – Extended Warehouse Management
  • SCM – Supply Chain Management
  • SEM – Strategic Enterprise Management

All modules are continuously improved and updated, with regular upgrades available to provide customers with the fastest and most intelligent technology for their business. All modules are also available for purchase individually and certain modules complement others Eg. When purchasing SAP FI (Financial Accounting) and SAP CO (Controlling) this creates SAP FICO.


Industry specific modules


SAP also offers tailored industry specific solutions, known as IS Modules. These are developed across the globe in SAP SE’s R&D centres and by industry partners. Some of the more common IS Modules are:

  • Automotive – Automobile manufacturing industries
  • Banking – Financial industries
  • Healthcare – Hospitals and Healthcare industries
  • Insurance – Insurance and currency market industries
  • Media – Communication and Publishing industries
  • O&G – Oil and Gas industries
  • Pharma – Pharmaceutical industries
  • Retail – Retail industries
  • Utilities – Utility industries

Finding SAP talent


Investigo SAP has developed a strong network of clients seeking experienced professionals for a variety of both interim and permanent SAP roles. Our consultants are dedicated SAP specialists who take a consultative recruitment approach, ensuring a deep understanding of the business needs of our clients and ambitions of our candidates.


Investigo supplies SAP professionals across the entire spectrum of SAP modules throughout the UK and mainland Europe.


Please contact Dean on 020 3009 3032 or email for a confidential discussion. Alternatively, please join the Investigo SAP LinkedIn Group.

Dean Gibb
Posted by Dean Gibb
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