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Africa Code Week – SAP-led corporate social responsibility initiative initiated in 2015 in cooperation with partners. Planned as an annual event, children in African countries where SAP has a market are introduced to computer programming to increase awareness of, and interest in, the software development career field. The initiative has been extended to other participant groups, including an innovative Refugee Code Week in 2016.

analytics – Discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data. It is applied to business data to describe, predict, and improve business performance; recommend action; and guide decision making across all organizations and functions in a company. Analytics helps companies gain new insight and understanding of their business performance based on data and statistical methods. See “analytics solutions from SAP.”

analytics solutions from SAP – See “SAP BusinessObjects Analytics.”

application – Software that enables organizations to address specific business needs and to perform certain business processes or activities. An application may comprise one software product or multiple software products, components, or instances.

Ariba – See “SAP Ariba.”

Ariba Network – Business commerce network where companies of all sizes can connect to their trading partners anywhere, at any time from any application or device to buy, sell, and manage their cash more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Companies around the world use the Ariba Network to simplify interenterprise commerce and enhance the results they deliver. See “business network.”


best practice – A management concept that involves devising a method of process that most effectively produces a desired outcome. SAP applications use business best practices to help customers automate common business processes through software and technology. See “SAP Best Practices.”

Big Data – The large volume of data created by billions of connected devices and people generating a tremendous amount of information about their behavior, location, and activity. This availability of massive amounts of data requires companies to rethink technology architecture and database structures.

Business Health Culture Index – A score for the general cultural conditions in an organization that enable employees to stay healthy and balanced. The index is calculated based on the results of regular employee surveys.

business intelligence (BI) – Software that enables users to analyze an organization’s raw data and make fact-based decisions. BI-related processes include data mining, analytical processing, querying, and reporting. Business intelligence offerings from SAP include SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions, SAP Crystal Reports, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, and SAP BusinessObjects Lumira, as well as the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform.

business network – An online service that connects businesses and their systems to those of their trading partners and enables new processes and information and insight sharing only possible in a digital environment. See “Ariba Network.”

business process – Set of logically related activities performed within an organization to complete a defined business task. SAP provides software and technology that enable and support business processes. Order processing and payroll are typical examples.

business user – Employees who spend significant time finding and sharing information, collaborating with others, coordinating projects, devising strategy or operational tactics, and coming up with new ideas based on information gathered from multiple sources. Also called knowledge or information workers or business consumers.


carbon credit – A tradable certificate that allows the holder to emit one ton of CO2 or the respective equivalent of any other greenhouse gas.

carbon neutral – A goal or state of emitting net zero greenhouse gases for certain activities. This includes reducing emissions, but also using renewable electricity certificates or carbon credits.

carbon offset or greenhouse gas (GHG) offset – A unit of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2 equivalent) that is reduced, avoided, or sequestered to compensate for emissions occurring elsewhere.

cloud computing – Generic term for flexible, IT-related services available through, or hosted on, the Internet for consumers and business, including storage, computing power, software development environments, and applications, combined with service delivery. Accessed as needed “in the cloud,” these services eliminate the need for in-house IT resources. See “cloud service model.”

cloud deployment models – The different infrastructure, software lifecycle management, and licensing models used for deploying software, that is, where the software is running and how much control and flexibility a customer has.

cloud service model – “As-a-service” offerings where cloud services are offered as infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), or software as a service (SaaS).

cloud solutions from SAP – Category used to communicate all of cloud software related to the cloud, including platform, managed services, solutions, technology, and infrastructure, public cloud applications, managed cloud applications delivered via SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, and SAP Cloud Platform. It includes offerings branded with SAP, SAP SuccessFactors, and SAP Ariba solutions, among others. It can be used in conjunction with the messaging statement “SAP Cloud powered by SAP HANA.”

component – Modular piece of software offering functions accessible via interfaces.

Concur Technologies – Acquired by SAP in 2014, this travel and expense management company helps customers manage business resources, processes, and spend through the world’s largest business network in the cloud for comprehensive travel and expense management. The Concur platform offers an integrated system for expense, invoice, travel, and spend intelligence in the cloud.

connectivity – A framework which describes the interrelatedness of SAP’s social, environmental, and economic performance. Based on statistical analysis, it allows us to quantify the impact of non-financial measures on the operating profit offering a holistic understanding of SAP’s value creation.

corporate social responsibility – SAP’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program is about how the company creates social impact for people, both inside and outside SAP, to help make society more sustainable and the world run better.

customer engagement lifecycle – Model that provides an integrated framework of practices to help create and deliver customer value. The phases of the customer engagement lifecycle represent the common route followed by the SAP and the customer teams in the process of identifying, delivering, operating, and managing solutions that best fit the customer’s needs.

Customer Net Promoter Score (NPS) – Describes the willingness of customers to recommend or promote an organization or company to others. It is defined as the percentage of customers that are likely to recommend an organization or company to friends or colleagues (promoters) minus the percentage of customers that are unlikely to do so.


data center – A physical facility used to house computer systems and associated components.

data center energy – The amount of energy consumed in SAP’s own and external data centers. An external data center is a local computing center with server units running SAP software that is operated by an external partner.

data warehouse – An electronic collection of information organized for easy access by computer programs.

design thinking – A methodology for routine innovation that brings together the right side of the brain (creative) with the left side of the brain (analytical).

digital core – An integrated system that enables customers to predict, simulate, plan, and even anticipate future business outcomes in a digital economy. This digital core is realized by SAP through SAP S/4HANA, providing the framework that allows customers to run an entire enterprise in the cloud – such as finance, procurement, sales, inventory management, project system, and product lifecycle management. In this way, companies can achieve the real-time visibility they need into all mission-critical business processes and processes around their customers, suppliers, workforce, Big Data, and the Internet of Things.

digital transformation – Concept that refers to the changes associated with the application of digital technology in all aspects of society. Digital technologies empower customers and consumers in a way they never could before, transforming their relationship with brands and products. Businesses need to meet these new challenges or will miss the potential business success to be realized in the digital economy.


ecosystem – Construct encompassing SAP and its customers and partners that extends the value SAP provides to its customers. By bringing together community-based insight, innovative partner solutions, and industry-leading collaboration and co-innovation, it enables customers to extract the greatest possible value from their SAP investments.

electronic waste (e-waste) – Electronic products that are discarded by consumers or companies, such as computers, computer monitors, or mobile devices.

Employee Engagement Index – A score for the level of employee commitment, pride, and loyalty, as well as the feeling of employees of being advocates for their company. The index is calculated based on the results of regular employee surveys.

employee retention – The ratio of the average headcount (expressed in full-time equivalents/FTEs) minus employee-initiated terminations (turnover) divided by the average headcount, taking into account the past 12 months.

end-to-end process – Set of activities supporting defined management, core, or support processes. Customers can use these activities as a reference to map their own processes.

end-to-end solution – Software solution that drives strategic business outcomes and directly contribute to a business priority in an industry, line of business, or technology area. These solutions are structured into solution capabilities that comprise a number of individual software products, instances, and/or license materials. End-to-end solutions provide a business scope with a comprehensive value proposition.

enterprise mobility – Term used in business and industry to refer to the concept and approach to making a business mobile where employees can perform business-related tasks through mobile devices. At SAP, we use “enterprise mobility” as our umbrella term for an overall mobile strategy.

enterprise resource planning – See “SAP ERP.”

environmental impact – A positive or negative change to the natural environment.


Fieldglass – Company acquired by SAP in May 2014 and fully integrated in SAP. Our solutions for contingent workforce management are marketed under the SAP Fieldglass brand. See “SAP Fieldglass.”


greenhouse gas footprint – The sum of all greenhouse gas emissions measured and reported, including renewable energy and third-party reductions, for example, offsets.


Hadoop – Part of the Apache project sponsored by the Apache Software Foundation, this open source, Java-based programming framework supports the processing of large data sets in a distributed computing environment. As open source technology, Hadoop is an efficient distributed file system that enables the analysis and processing of very large volumes of data from a great number of varied, structured, and unstructured sources. SAP Distribution for Hadoop software provides redistribution of Apache Hadoop developed by Hortonworks.

Hasso Plattner Founders’ Award – Introduced in 2014, an employee award that signifies the highest employee recognition at SAP, awarded annually by the CEO to an individual or a team.

How We Run – SAP’s set of corporate values that sets behaviors that describe what makes SAP unique.

hybrid cloud – Deployment model that uses resources comprised of a mix of two or more distinct cloud deployment models that are integrated by standardized or proprietary technology enabling data and application portability. Also called "hybrid cloud deployment model."

hybrid landscape – A mix of on-premise and any cloud deployment model(s). Alternatively referred to as an “on premise to cloud” or “hybrid environment.”

hybris – See “SAP Hybris. “


industry – An economic sector characterized by a typical value chain, business processes, and set of products and services that the companies operating in it have in common. At SAP, “industries” is also used as a term to differentiate between lines-of-business functions such as marketing, procurement, and finance, and those functions specific to an industry.

industry portfolios – Software portfolios that address the business needs of 25 different industries.

infrastructure as a service (IaaS) – Processing, storage, network, other computing resources and typically a defined level of support for consumers to deploy software (such as operating systems and applications). IaaS consumers do not manage underlying cloud infrastructure but may control networking components (such as host firewalls).

in-memory computing – A major advance in information technology that creates a dramatic change in computing, analytics, and data storage. Combining advances in multicore processing with more affordable servers, in-memory computing allows information to be stored in the main memory rather than in relational databases to greatly accelerate processing times. It disrupts the traditional IT stack comprised of hardware, middleware, and software, where disk-based relational databases can become bottlenecks.

in-memory database – Database that keeps all active records in main memory rather than on disk. Accessing in-memory records is considerably faster than retrieving them from the disk, significantly increasing performance. SAP HANA is SAP’s groundbreaking database that allows businesses to take advantage of in-memory computing. See “SAP HANA.” .


key performance indicator (KPI) – Performance figure for which threshold values are defined and against which validation is executed.


Leadership Trust Score – Based on the Net Promoter Score (NPS) methodology that results from a question in our annual global employee survey that gauges employees’ trust in our leaders. It measures our collective effort to foster a work environment based on trust. We use this score to further enhance accountability for our leaders and executive management.

lean – Set of manufacturing principles that first defines customer value, then reorganizes every step required to design, order, build, deliver, and maintain this value across all the organizations and units. As a result, firms can do more with less, respond more quickly to customer needs, create jobs that are more rewarding for employees, and reduce their impact on the environment.

line of business (LoB) – Internal organizational area or business unit in a company (division) that combines all responsibilities for a particular product, group, or set of processes. Examples include sales, purchasing, human resources, finance, marketing, and so on. A line of business is a typical high-level business capability in a company.

line-of-business portfolios – SAP offers software portfolios that address the needs of organizations in 12 lines of business, or functional areas. The following solution portfolios are currently available: SAP for Asset Management, SAP for Commerce, SAP for Finance, SAP for Human Resources, SAP for Manufacturing, SAP for Marketing, SAP for R&D/Engineering, SAP for Sales, SAP for Service, SAP for Sourcing and Procurement, SAP for Supply Chain Management, and SAP for Sustainability.

Live Business – SAP’s campaign platform that refers to our vision of a seamless digital business that enables our customers to Run Simple by sensing, responding to, learning from, adapting to, and predicting business data in real time.


machine learning – Technology that enables computers to learn from large amounts of data without being explicitly programmed. SAP Clea is the new name given to the SAP portfolio of offerings including machine learning technology. See “SAP Clea.”

maintenance – Software support comprising support for legal changes and corrections delivered through the SAP Notes tool, support packages, problem support, and access to information and online service channels – depending on the maintenance phase.

managed cloud – Deployment model that implies resources are dedicated to one customer and accessed through a VPN. The infrastructure is owned, managed, and operated by the cloud provider in the cloud provider’s data center. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is SAP’s managed cloud service.

mobile apps – Applications for mobile devices available for download, demo, and purchase on SAP Store, App Store, and other online stores. Mobile apps are categorized as either business/product in focus or as consumer-focused. At SAP, our mobile apps are task-oriented or allow access to existing on-premise software.


on premise – A deployment model where a software license is purchased and deployed on the servers at the premises of the customer. The customer manages and controls the software.

open source – Software based on the concept of software developers coming together to build a virtual community and solving a common problem by developing working software that everyone has a right to change. Successful development projects under the open source model include Linux – a free operating system supported by SAP.


People Survey – SAP’s annual employee survey that allows employees to provide feedback about issues that impact them.

platform as a service (PaaS) – Cloud infrastructure, operating system, programming languages, libraries, services, tools and typically a defined level of support for consumers to deploy consumer-created or acquired applications. PaaS consumers do not manage underlying cloud infrastructure but have control over deployed applications.

powered by SAP HANA – An SAP offering powered by SAP HANA runs on the SAP HANA platform. More than 100 SAP applications are currently “powered by SAP HANA.” Partner solutions or applications that are powered by SAP HANA are certified by SAP to run on the SAP HANA platform. These applications take advantage of distinctive capabilities of SAP HANA to deliver key benefits, such as simpler administration, reduced overhead, and better business intelligence over conventional traditional technology platforms.

private cloud – Deployment model that implies resources are dedicated to one customer and accessed through the Internet. The infrastructure is owned, managed and operated by the customer, a third-party, or both, and is on the premises of the customer, cloud provider, or a third party. SAP indicates private cloud deployments using the term “private option.”

product – A high-level non-versioned software offering that contains functionality and business logic to address a business need. An individual software product comprises software product versions.

product footprint – The environmental impact of products, processes, or services by production, usage, and disposal.

public cloud – Provides consumers access to a provider’s software applications running on a cloud infrastructure. The resources are located on the premises of the cloud provider, not of the customer, and are shared by multiple customers accessing them through the Internet.


release – SAP software product that has a version number, is shipped at a particular time, and has defined maintenance phases.

renewable energy – The shares and types of electricity obtained from renewable sources such as hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass. It is calculated by adding the amount of renewable energy specifically sourced, produced on-site by our own solar cells and covered by Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

road map – Product timeline that has a variety of objectives, including communication to customers, users, or other parties interested in the timing of future product releases; the features planned for those releases; general prioritization of features; and in some cases, the requirements of features in enough detail that current and prospective customers can give feedback on the feature itself and the product’s direction.

Run Simple – SAP’s operating principle that refers to how SAP solutions and services help SAP customers run at their best by addressing complexity and innovating for future growth as well as how SAP can radically simplify the way business is conducted.


SAP Activate – Innovation adoption framework introduced for SAP S/4HANA that combines SAP Best Practices, methodology, and guided configuration delivered with a reference landscape. The SAP Activate methodology is the SAP guidance for implementation, enhancements, upgrades, or co-innovation of SAP solutions starting with SAP S/4HANA. It enables cost-effective, agile, and fast delivery of the SAP solution to the customer and supports deployments in the cloud, on premise, or in hybrid deployment.

SAP ActiveEmbedded – Enhanced engagement services for optimizing solutions and accelerating adoption of technologies without disrupting customer businesses

SAP Anywhere – An HTML5 solution that runs in the cloud designed for smaller companies with up to 50 employees that need a seamless and affordable way to manage their customer interactions in a single front-office system. Accessible through a Web browser on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device, it delivers a consistent customer experience with the seamless integration of marketing, sales, and commerce activities. See also “SAP SME Solutions.”

SAP Ariba – Category of offerings resulting from the acquisition of Ariba in October 2012. All cloud-related supplier assets of SAP and Ariba are now consolidated under the SAP Ariba brand. SAP Ariba solutions include those for procurement, financials, and sourcing, as well as the Ariba Network.

SAP Best Practices – Packages that provide proven methods and tools for organizations to implement best business practices in key areas and a range of industries using SAP software. The packages deliver methodology, documentation, and preconfiguration that enable rapid, reliable deployment with quick return on investment.

SAP Business ByDesign – Adaptable, cloud-based business management solution delivered in the cloud, ideally suited for growing midsize companies as well as for subsidiaries of larger corporations. It is a complete, integrated suite that can run an entire enterprise – financials, human resources, sales, procurement, customer service, and supply chain. The latest versions enable partners and customers to extend the system capabilities or build cloud-based applications using SAP Business ByDesign Studio.

SAP BusinessObjects Analytics – Connotes all of SAP’s on-premise software solutions that help customers achieve the power of collective insight in Big Data by empowering them with the right information at the right time to make insightful business decisions, anticipate change, and uncover new opportunities. SAP BusinessObjects Analytics solutions cover the areas of business intelligence, enterprise performance management, and governance, risk, and compliance. Formerly called analytics solutions from SAP.

SAP BusinessObjects Cloud – A single solution encompassing analytics capabilities offered by SAP in the cloud including what was previously available in SAP Cloud for Planning. These capabilities, together with additional planning and analysis capabilities, have been integrated into this offering. SAP BusinessObjects Cloud is software as a service (SaaS) built natively on SAP Cloud Platform that provides all analytics capabilities for all users in one product. Customers are able to subscribe to SAP BusinessObjects Cloud as a single solution with specific capabilities that can be licensed separately or together. Formerly called SAP Cloud for Analytics.

SAP Business One – Application designed especially for small businesses with up to 100 employees, providing a single, integrated solution for managing the entire business across financials, sales, customer relationships, purchasing, inventory, analytics, and operations.

SAP BW/4HANA – SAP’s next-generation data warehouse solution built entirely on SAP HANA. It provides a simple set of objects that is well suited for modelling an agile and flexible layered architecture of a modern data warehouse. SAP BW/4HANA manages data from SAP applications or other systems, structured or unstructured, and allows accessing all models through an open SQL interface. SAP BW/4HANA comes with state-of-the-art user interfaces for administrators, developers, and end users as well as processes optimized for SAP HANA that leverages huge amounts of data in real time for competitive advantage. It is not a legal successor of any SAP BW solution.

SAP Clea – The new name and solution/technology brand for the SAP portfolio of offerings that include machine learning technology. Current applications include SAP Clea for Resume Matching; SAP Clea for Cash Application; SAP Clea for Service Ticket Intelligence; SAP Clea for Brand Intelligence; and SAP Clea for Customer Management Insights.

SAP Cloud for Planning – See “SAP BusinessObjects Cloud.”

SAP Cloud Platform – An open cloud platform that is the foundation for running applications and analytics today and allows developers to build custom applications in the cloud as either stand-alone or connected to on-premise solutions. It includes infrastructure, application, and database services in a subscription model. Separately licensed, it is part of SAP Cloud powered by SAP HANA. Formerly called SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

SAP Cloud Platform Big Data Service – Standalone Big Data solution that combines SAP Cloud Platform technology with Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, Apache Hive, and Apache Pig. The offering provides servers, networking, and software configured for performance, reliability, and security to ease the process of procuring and provisioning hardware, installing and configuring Hadoop, integrating in other tools, and managing clusters in production. Formerly called Altiscale Data Cloud before SAP acquired the company Altiscale.

SAP Cloud Platform Integration – Technology that integrates cloud applications with on-premise solutions from SAP and other vendors. Based on a multitenant cloud infrastructure, it allows customers to unite business processes and data in a secure, reliable environment. Formerly SAP HANA Cloud Integration.

SAP Cloud powered by SAP HANA – Messaging statement that refers to all of SAP offerings related to the cloud, including platforms, services, applications, technology, and infrastructure. It is not the name of a single offering or a category of solutions. SAP Cloud always refers to more than just the software and technology, but our approach to become “the innovative cloud company powered by SAP HANA.” See “cloud solutions from SAP.”

SAP Community Network – Online portal with nearly two million members in more than 200 countries, providing individuals with the opportunity to trade experience and insights, pursue business opportunities, and learn from each other. SAP offers distinct communities in the network that offer information, trusted resources, and co-innovation.

SAP Enterprise Support – Services that provide proactive support in addition to all features of SAP Standard Support services. These proactive support services encompass tools, processes, and services that enable continuous improvement, holistic application lifecycle management for continuous innovation, business and operational process improvements, and levers to address the total cost of operation (TCO).

SAP ERP – Application designed to optimize business and IT processes by reducing IT complexity, increasing adaptability, and delivering more IT value at a lower cost than traditional ERP solutions. It can support mission-critical, end-to-end business processes for finance, human capital management, asset management, sales, procurement, and other essential corporate functions. SAP ERP can also support industry-specific processes by providing industry-specific business functions that can be activated selectively via the switch framework, keeping the application core stable and helping ensure maximum performance.

SAP Fiori user experience (UX) – As of May 2014, SAP Fiori UX is the user experience for SAP software. Based on modern design principles, it represents a consumer-like, consistent experience across devices, including tablets and smartphones.

SAP for Aerospace & Defense (SAP for A&D) – Solution portfolio specifically designed to meet the needs of the aerospace and defense industry. It offers capabilities for maintenance, repair and overhaul, airline operations, defense, manufacturing, contract and program management, and business acquisitions.

SAP for Automotive – Solution portfolio designed to meet the specific needs of the automotive industry. Its capabilities help link complex business processes into a logical flow, maximizing efficiency and profitability and satisfying customers’ expectations.

SAP for Banking – Solution portfolio that enables banks to obtain all customer information at a glance and offers a full complement of high-performance capabilities for strategic planning, financial accounting, costing, and enterprise-wide control. It also features key industry-specific applications for profitability management, risk management, customer relationship management, and integrated customer account systems.

SAP for Chemicals – Solution portfolio that delivers support for specific processes and tools that chemical companies require. Industry-specific capabilities include recipe management, batch management, and version control.

SAP for Consumer Products – Solution portfolio that supports the integration of every step of the consumer product value chain – from suppliers to consumers. Key capabilities include mobile and Internet sales, trade promotion management, inventory management, brand and channel management, and demand signal management.

SAP for Defense & Security – Solution portfolio that offers a variety of capabilities that meet the critical needs of the defense and security sector. Key industry-specific capabilities include acquisition and materials management; force planning; maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO); personnel and organization; infrastructure management; planning and support for deployed operations; in-service support; and line maintenance.

SAP for Engineering, Construction & Operations (SAP for EC&O) – Solution portfolio designed to meet the specific requirements of project-oriented enterprises that offers capabilities for industrial plant construction, construction of commercial and private buildings, and shipbuilding.

SAP for Healthcare – Solution portfolio for hospitals and clinics to manage a variety of required administrative and clinical processes.

SAP for Higher Education and Research (SAP for HE&R) – Solution portfolio that supports organizational processes and unique needs of public and private universities, multicampus institutions, research agencies, and medical colleges, including campus management, grants management, student lifecycle management, financials, operations, human capital management, procurement, analytics, research, and asset management.

SAP for High Tech – Solution portfolio that meets the demands of high-tech industries, including RosettaNet support.

SAP for Industrial Machinery & Components (SAP for IM&C) – Solution portfolio that coordinates the entire scope of business activities (estimating, order entry, project management, and production planning) for the industrial sector and supports areas ranging from maintenance and services to billing and profitability analysis.

SAP for Insurance – Solution portfolio that integrates steps in the insurance business process, including capabilities for customer contact, policy and product management, collections and disbursement, and claims management.

SAP for Life Sciences – Solution portfolio that meets the requirements of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and diagnostics companies, as well as manufacturers of medical devices and products.

SAP for Media – Solution portfolio that supports processes specific to the media industry with capabilities that include sales and distribution, advertising management, product development, and intellectual property management.

SAP for Mill Products – Solution portfolio for manufacturers of building materials, the paper and timber industry, metal and primary metal producers, and textile and furniture manufacturers.

SAP for Mining – Solution portfolio that supports processes specific to the mining industry, including mining operations and asset performance; sales and supply chain management; operational risk and compliance; as well as human resources; finance; procurement; and IT management.

SAP for Oil & Gas (SAP for O&G) – Solution portfolio that meets the demands of oil and gas companies of all sizes.

SAP for Professional Services – Solution portfolio that delivers integrated tools, best practices, and support for automated processes designed specifically for the demands of the professional services industry, including management consultancies as well as accounting and legal firms.

SAP for Public Sector – Solution portfolio for public administration, providing an electronic framework that enables online communication through various applications for the public, government authorities, and related entities.

SAP for Retail – Solution portfolio that offers multichannel applications designed specifically to provide the best retail services to a large customer base.

SAP for Sports & Entertainment – Solution portfolio that comprises solutions for sports teams, leagues, and venues, designed to help them deepen fan engagement, drive on-field performance, and optimize business efficiency.

SAP for Telecommunications – Solution portfolio that provides telecommunications enterprises of all types and sizes a range of industry-specific capabilities, including support for convergent invoicing and contract accounting.

SAP for Transportation & Logistics – Solution portfolio that covers the unique business needs of postal services, railways, airlines, and toll collection companies, as well as logistics service providers, to optimize supply chain and planning.

SAP for Utilities – Solution portfolio for all supply and energy industries, with capabilities ranging from call centers and Internet communications to consumption billing.

SAP for Wholesale Distribution – Solution portfolio that addresses the needs of midsize and large wholesale distribution businesses in a wide range of segments. Industry-specific capabilities support new business models and strategies that meet the needs of an important supply sector.

SAP HANA – Flexible, data-agnostic, in-memory platform that helps organizations analyze their business operations, using huge volumes of detailed transactional and analytic information from virtually any data source. The platform provides the foundation for innovative applications that take advantage of an in-memory database and calculation engine, allowing customers to conduct complex planning, forecasting, and simulation based on real-time data. Software products built for SAP HANA have been specifically designed or at least adapted to take advantage of the enhanced capabilities of the SAP HANA platform.

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud – This service enables customers to access solutions in the cloud. It contains managed cloud applications, in-memory infrastructure, managed services, and SAP Cloud Platform through an additional license, to build custom applications in the cloud. On-premise applications from SAP can be delivered to customers via SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud.

SAP HANA Vora – An in-memory, massively distributed data processing engine for Hadoop that provides simple business-oriented scale-out processing of data. This engine allows distributed Hadoop data to be analyzed together with enterprise data using the SAP HANA platform.

SAP Hybris – Unified brand resulting from the acquisition of hybris in August 2013. All e-commerce solutions from SAP and hybris are now consolidated under the SAP Hybris brand. SAP Hybris solutions help businesses sell more goods, services, and digital content through every touch point, channel, and device.

SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer – A cloud-based offering of CRM applications and tools developed for sales, service, and marketing teams that provides an overview of your end-to-end business, as well as deep customer insight and personalized engagement, so that they can deliver a relevant experience at every step of your customer’s journey. It also offers designed-in social collaboration to help transform social media conversations into business insight. The offering currently includes SAP Hybris Cloud for Sales, SAP Hybris Cloud for Service, SAP Hybris Marketing Cloud, and SAP Hybris Cloud for Social Engagement solutions. An Edge edition is available for small and midsize enterprises.

SAP Hybris Commerce – A solution that offers customers a platform enabled for the cloud that supports product content management and unified commerce processes. It gives a business a single view of its customers, products, and orders, and its customers a single view of the business. It combines functionality. Formerly available in two separate solutions, SAP hybris B2B Commerce and SAP hybris B2C Commerce, which were combined in April 2015. – SAP’s startup incubation engine and related program that helps innovators inside and outside of SAP build products, find customers, and ultimately change industries. The team works with the best entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and data scientists to upend how business works.

SAP Leonardo – The new SAP brand for our new innovative portfolio for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. SAP Leonardo IoT solutions enable companies to not only realize a digital transformation of existing end-to-end business processes, but also allows them to adopt new business models to run digitally. It extends digital core with adaptive applications, Big Data applications, and connectivity to enable new business processes, new business models, and new work environments.

SAP Month of Service – Held annually in October, SAP’s signature corporate volunteerism effort offers SAP employees around the world opportunities to come together to support social change in their communities.

SAP NetWeaver – A comprehensive technology platform designed to efficiently develop, run, and extend business applications. SAP NetWeaver provides foundation and enterprise software, including the SAP Business Warehouse application, and the SAP NetWeaver Application Server, SAP Enterprise Portal, and SAP Process Orchestration components. It facilitates the easy integration of SAP software with heterogeneous system environments, third-party solutions, and external business partners. See “technology platform.”

SAP PartnerEdge – Global, partner-to-partner business collaboration network where SAP partners can share expertise, development capabilities, solutions, and knowledge to extend their market reach. In late 2012, SAP’s extranet for partners, SAP Channel Partner Portal, merged with SAP PartnerEdge. The combined site, available at now gives partners access to information, product and business news, tools, training, and business resources to order products. Partners can also manage their relationship with SAP and collaborate with other SAP partners through SAP PartnerEdge.

SAP Payment service – Service that helps companies invest in SAP solutions implemented by a strategic partner of SAP: Siemens Financial Services GmbH (SFS). SFS targets the financing service chiefly at midsize companies. Depending on local conditions, the SFS plan leases solutions to customers and provides loan finance. Formerly called SAP Financing service.

SAPPHIRE NOW – SAP’s signature business technology event and the largest SAP customer-driven conference is held annually in several locations around the globe. The global event in the United States is co-located with the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG) annual conference. Attendees discover new initiatives, solutions, products, and services, as well as unique access to the latest business strategies and industry best practices from SAP customers, partners, executives, and industry experts to help them drive business results across all levels.

Sapphire Ventures – Name of independent venture firm spun off from SAP, providing the agility of a start-up while allowing companies to tap into SAP’s global enterprise ecosystem of customers and partners. The firm partners with outstanding entrepreneurs and venture firms worldwide to build industry-leading businesses. Formerly called SAP Ventures.

SAP Rapid Deployment solutions – Packages of preconfigured software and predefined services with content including best practices, templates, tools, and business user enablement with predetermined scope, time, and costs. Because the solutions are installed quickly, customers can benefit from crucial software functionality within as little as 12 weeks, helping lower the total cost of implementation and giving customers immediate and tangible value.

SAP road maps – Available for industries, lines of business, and technology, SAP road maps highlight the SAP solutions available today, planned innovation, and the SAP vision for the future.

SAP S/4HANA – Launched in February 2015, SAP’s next-generation business suite offered exclusively on the SAP HANA platform, with on-premise and cloud deployment editions, designed with the role-based user experience of SAP Fiori. Cloud editions are available for marketing, project services, and the enterprise.

SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management – A core solution that covers all mission-critical business processes of an enterprise. It is natively built on the SAP HANA platform, designed with SAP Fiori user experience (UX), and delivered in the cloud and on premise. It is a core element of the new SAP S/4HANA Line-of-Business (LoB) Solutions.

SAP S/4HANA Finance – A global financial solution powered by SAP HANA offering a complete choice of deployment (cloud, on premise, hybrid). It is part of the modular SAP S/4HANA Line-of-Business (LoB) Solutions.

SAP S/4HANA Line-of-Business Solutions – Solutions that combine the core capabilities included in the SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management solution with the solutions in the SAP portfolio (on premise and cloud) for a specific line of business.

SAP SME Solutions – A subset of the portfolio of SAP solutions for small businesses and midsize companies. It is essentially a family name for four specific offerings: SAP Anywhere, SAP Business One, SAP Business ByDesign, and SAP Business All-in-One. By consolidating these four offerings under one umbrella name, we focus on a portfolio of SME offerings that helps our customers choose the best solution for their business size and needs.

SAP Solution Manager – Application management solution that enables customers to manage their SAP and non-SAP applications better. With SAP Solution Manager, customers can centralize, enhance, automate, and improve the management of their entire system landscape, thus reducing total cost of ownership. The solution includes features such as diagnostics, testing, root cause analysis, and solution monitoring.

SAP solutions for customer engagement and commerce – Category of solutions that help businesses create experiences that engage customers like never before and can lead to more effective marketing promotions, increased revenue share of new customers, reduced customer churn, increased revenue growth, and improved cart-to-order conversion rate.

SAP solutions for small businesses and midsize companies – Category of solutions that combine business management and business intelligence software for small and midsize enterprises (SMEs). It currently includes SAP SME Solutions, SAP BusinessObjects Edge solutions, Edge editions or existing SAP software products, and other SME services. As with large enterprises, these firms seek to streamline business processes, cut costs, drive growth, and increase profitability by receiving the right information at the right time – across all operations.

SAP solutions for sustainability – Category of solutions that helps companies measure sustainability key performance indicators; energy and carbon management; and environment, health, and safety. SAP solutions for sustainability help organizations tackle energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as support efforts in product safety, healthcare, and sustainability performance management.

SAP Store – Public online store ( where you can discover, download, and buy SAP solutions, services, mobile apps, demos, and free trials from SAP and partners.

SAP SuccessFactors – Unified brand resulting from the acquisition of SuccessFactors in August 2013. All cloud HR assets of SAP and SuccessFactors are now consolidated under the SAP SuccessFactors brand. SAP SuccessFactors solutions help businesses sell more goods, services, and digital content through every touch point, channel, and device.

SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central – The foundation of the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite of solutions, The offering is core HR software delivered securely as a service from the cloud. It offers one global system of record, complete workforce overview combining HR and talent data, powerful analytics, and social collaboration fine-tuned to meet local needs.

SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Payroll – A cloud solution that extends the SAP SuccessFactors HCM suite to include payroll accounting and management.

SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite – Suite of HR solutions for talent management, core HR, collaboration, and workforce analytics. The cloud-based suite provides solutions to bridge the gap between strategy and execution with tools to hire, reward, and develop the right people with the right skills to grow a business sustainably.

SAP University Alliances – Program that introduces students to the exciting technologies shaping business today, and designed to connect students around the world interested in SAP solutions, careers, and research opportunities. Students participate in classroom sessions, app development, networking opportunities, events, and more. The SAP University Alliances community provides connections between university leaders and students, SAP customers and partners, and SAP internal experts.

SAP Ventures – see “Sapphire Ventures.”

Scope 1 (emissions) – Direct greenhouse gas emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the reporting company, for example, fuel burned in corporate cars.

Scope 2 (emissions) – Indirect greenhouse gas emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat, or steam.

Scope 3 (emissions) – Indirect emissions that are a consequence of the activities of the reporting company, but occur from sources owned or controlled by another company, such as business flights.

service – A service provided to a customer by SAP (or SAP partners). Examples: education consulting; data management services

social enterprise – An organization with an aim to achieve wider social, environmental, or community objectives through its business activities

software as a service (SaaS) – Software that is provided literally “as a service.” Software applications are delivered and managed remotely over a secure Internet connection and a standard Web browser. Access is charged on a subscription basis usually on a dedicated time basis and with expandable feature access options. Typically a defined level of support is included. See “cloud computing.”

solution – A solution enables a customer to meet a challenge or take advantage of an opportunity and are built or assembled by flexibly combining software products and technology. SAP solutions may include support for best business practices and be aided by consulting and ongoing support. They may also be enhanced or extended by applications and services from partners.

SuccessFactors – See “SAP SuccessFactors.”

sustainability – A method of creating social, environmental, and economic value for long-term business success and responsible global development.


technology platform – The technical foundation for a business-driven software architecture that increases the adaptability, flexibility, openness, and cost-efficiency of IT operations and enables organizations to become more agile in responding to change. See “SAP NetWeaver.”

total energy consumed – The sum of all energy consumed through SAP’s own operations, including energy from renewable sources and energy consumed by external data centers delivering our cloud offerings.


United Nations Global Compact (UN Global Compact) – A policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor standards, environment, and anti-corruption.

UN Sustainable Development Goals – A set of 17 global development goals by the United Nations which are aimed to ensure an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable future by tackling adverse challenges to humanity like poverty, hunger and inequality.

user experience (UX) – In general terms, UX represents the quality of a user's interaction with and perceptions of a system. At SAP, our UX is a characteristic of solutions or products that use SAP Fiori UX technology and follow SAP Fiori UX guidelines to offer a next-generation experience to our users.


version – Variant of a software product that is specific to audience, operating system, device, or database. Depending on context, may also refer to a specific product release.


women in management – Phrase used to refer to the percentage of women in management positions (managing teams, managing managers, executive boards) as compared to the total number of managers, expressed by the number of individuals and not full-time equivalents (FTEs).

works council – As dictated by the German Works Council Constitution Act, a works council is a legal body for representing employees’ interests to the employer and codetermining the works in private companies. On June 21, 2006, the SAP AG employees working in Germany elected its first works council. A European works council was created in the spring of 2012. The SAP AG works council evolved to become the SAP SE works council in 2014 to reflect the legal entity of SAP SE.

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