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SAP’s 50th anniversary

Join the SAP community as we celebrate five decades of innovation, partnership, and purpose.

50 years of shaping tomorrow – together

Founded in 1972 by five people working in their first client’s offices, SAP has grown into a global powerhouse of more than 100,000 employees supporting more than 460,000 customers across 140 countries. This is the story of how SAP created an industry and helped improve the world.


Watch SAP’s journey – from our early days to the present – and learn about the challenges we plan to tackle in the future through never-before-seen interviews and rare archival footage. Customers, employees, and industry insiders share their insights into how our revolutionary software, such as SAP R/3 and SAP HANA, has changed the world.

For years, SAP has been a leader in creating a culture of innovation, diversity of thought, and outreach to help create the leaders of tomorrow. While we don’t know what the next 50 years will bring, we do know that SAP will be leading with innovations to help the world run better.


Explore the history of SAP

From inventing the enterprise software sector to helping the world run better.

Celebrating 50 years of customer success

SAP says Merci

Thanks to our customers, partners and employees, SAP has been a trusted partner of businesses and the enterprise software leader for 50 years. Now we look forward to helping them rise to every challenge, for the next 50 years and beyond. 

SAP Extreme: Solvay

This year, in commemoration of SAP’s 50th anniversary, we recognise our most EXTREME customers, including Solvay, one of SAP’s first customers and one of the most sustainable.

Help us plant 50,000 trees

Join the SAP community in creating a future that looks greener than the world we live in today.


As an enabler and exemplar, SAP is committed to contributing to climate protection and has added the goal of planting 21 million trees by the end of 2025 to a comprehensive portfolio of measures.

To help celebrate our 50th anniversary, we want to support that goal. For every anniversary wish, we will plant a tree, with the goal of reaching 50,000 trees.

Follow the social links to wish SAP a happy anniversary and use the hashtag #SAP50. You can check out other posts for our 50th anniversary below!

Explore our 50th anniversary social wall


Purpose and sustainability

Discover SAP’s commitment to lead by example in honor of our 50-year milestone.

SAP and University of the People

Educate the leaders of tomorrow.


SAP is partnering with University of the People to provide 100 scholarships to refugees and displaced youth around the world. These scholarships will support 50 bachelor’s degrees in computer science or business administration and 50 associate degrees for students aged 18–30. University of the People is the first nonprofit, tuition-free, and American-accredited online university dedicated to providing access to higher education globally. 

Read the announcement from Julia White, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and chief marketing and solutions officer.

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