A 43-year history of innovation

In 1972, five entrepreneurs had a vision for the business potential of technology. With one customer and a handful of employees, SAP set out on a path that would not only transform the world of information technology, but also forever alter the way companies do business.

Now 43 years and approximately 300,000 customers stronger, we’re just getting started. Building on a track record of innovation and a vision proven true throughout every economic and IT shift, now more than ever, SAP is fueled by the pioneering spirit that inspired its founders to continually transform the IT industry.

SAP’s 43-year history of success is defined by a few key themes:

  • A belief that “real-time” data processing can help bring people closer to business intelligence
  • A dedication to innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit that enable SAP to continually push what’s technically possible
  • And an early commitment to collaboration and co-creating solutions with our customers


Real-Time Data Where and When You Need It

Real-time moves to the Web and beyond: Cloud computing, mobile, and in-memory computing open up new horizons for real-time data access – anywhere.

The SAP R/3 Era

Real-time reaches the desktop: A client-server version of the standard application software allows businesses to run more efficiently around the world.

The SAP R/2 Era

Real-time touches more of the business: SAP R/2 packaged mainframe software application processes in real time and integrates all of an enterprise’s business functions.

The Early Years

Building on the dream of “real-time” computing: Software that processes data when customers ask it to rather than overnight in batches.