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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 SAP’s 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.

See how our customers are succeeding

Giving customers options like never before

See how Topcon consolidated seven ERP systems into one scalable, cloud-based system to gain access to real-time data across the entire global enterprise for the first time. 

Changing the world of telecommunications from the inside

Discover how Vodafone is taking a digital-first approach to provide its employees with greater consistency everywhere they operate, so consumers can stay better connected.

Increasing speed and visibility through mergers and acquisitions

Explore how Ferrara understands customers well enough to know what they want with a single source of real-time data and insight from SAP solutions.

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.


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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