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HP and SAP to Jointly Deliver Supply Chain Management Solutions
Customers to Benefit from More Efficient Design and Implementation on a Global Scale
PALO ALTO, Calif., and WALLDORF, Germany, May 30, 2001
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) and SAP AG (NYSE ADR:SAP) today announced an expanded relationship focused on improving supply chain management (SCM) and supplier management capabilities for large global customers and their respective trading partners.
HP also has entered into agreements to become a Most Valued Partner (MVP) of SAPMarkets Partner Program. These initiatives will help customers to implement a holistic approach to solving their SCM and supplier management capability needs.
Managing supply chains is becoming increasingly important to large global enterprises. HP and SAP intend to provide customers the latest SCM technologies -- supported by a robust Internet infrastructure with access to vital business data -- to create a fault-tolerant supply network.
HP and SAP plan to cross-train sales teams and consultants to design, develop and deliver solutions that combine mySAP™ Supply Chain Management (mySAP SCM) software components and HP hardware and middleware for global enterprises in the technology, consumer products, automotive, aerospace and defense, and engineering and construction industries. Global solution centers have been created at HP and SAP locations to pre-configure and pre-test components for easier and faster implementation. With access to comprehensive, broad-based solutions, customers can realize faster deployment times and quicker return on their investments regardless of their existing infrastructures. According to Karen Peterson, research director for SCM enterprise and supply chain management at Gartner, "The market for supply chain management solutions is expected to grow by 25-35 percent annually over the next five years."
As a result, many companies, such as BMW, are turning to HP and SAP -- because of their specific industry and domain expertise -- to maximize the efficiency of their supply chains and achieve high levels of business.
"With our suppliers worldwide, we need the visibility and flexibility to track critical information in real time," said Guenter Klamer, senior vice president, IT and Logistics, BMW. "Together, SAP and HP are able to offer us a supply chain solution and an infrastructure that meets our always-on needs, and we expect to achieve much better visibility into our key business metrics and to anticipate the market need to plan our supply chain much more accurately."
In addition to serving customers like BMW, HP has successfully optimized their own factories' supply chain processes using mySAP.com® solutions. This has helped HP achieve markedly reduced manufacturing cycles and improved on-time customer delivery. HP's global implementation of mySAP.com will add simulation capabilities to already efficient internal processes and will support HP's factories worldwide.
"Our alliance with SAP enables both companies to deliver a strong supply chain solution to the market," stated Ann Livermore, president, HP Services Organization. "With a robust Internet infrastructure and mySAP SCM, HP customers benefit from quick access to information about orders, forecasts, production plans and key performance indicators."
"SAP looks forward to extending our relationship with HP and leveraging its services organization as we continue to bring forward the benefits of mySAP SCM that customers have come to expect," said Claus Heinrich, member, SAP Executive Board. "Together, SAP and HP will be delivering SCM solutions that are designed to exceed our customers' expectations, increasing sales revenue and simplifying operational issues by streamlining their supply chain."
SAP is the world's leading provider of e-business software solutions. Through the mySAP.com® e-business platform, people in businesses around the globe are improving relationships with customers and partners, streamlining operations, and achieving significant efficiencies throughout their supply chains. Today more than 13,000 companies in over 100 countries run more than 30,000 installations of SAP® software. With subsidiaries in over 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP." Additional information can be found at www.sap.com.
SAPMarkets is the exchange company of SAP (NYSE: SAP) and delivers solutions that automate business processes across boundaries. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., SAPMarkets currently enables over 1,100 companies worldwide to use the Internet for greater agility, precision and profitability. SAPMarkets can be found at www.sapmarkets.com.
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