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SAPPHIRE 2014: SAP Simplifies
At SAP’s recent SAPPHIRE NOW event, two themes were clear regarding SAP’s focus in the near future—the company’s commitment to simplification, which in SAP

sap explained  fast to acknowledge that SAP has many times not been distinguished by providing simplicity. Doug Henschen describes SAP’s new quest for simplicity in his column as a brave, and some would say incongruous, promise coming from a company known for its complicated enterprise applications. The irony wasn't lost on McDermott, who acknowledged that SAP's technology has been ‘too complex.’ McDermott explained that simplification will be brought about via a two-part path: First—maybe the most important

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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SAP PLM: Outlook and Predictions


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SAP Remains Vital Amid Ailing Market And Internal Adjustments Part 1: Recent Announcements


Recently, SAP announced solid results for Q4 2001, in contrast to the current soft market. Although not all troubles seem to have been left behind, as can be seen from reduced license revenue, and while some may question SAP's justification of merging its two subsidiaries, a positive sign is that SAP has meanwhile become much more nimble to spar with any disturbance factors.

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SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 5: Challenges and User Recommendations


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SAP and HP on the Web Together


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SAP - A Humble Giant From The Reality Land? Part 1: Alliances


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SAP PLM


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SAP Posts Solid Q499, but Warns of Q100


On January 24, SAP announced its preliminary year-end results and warned that the costs of its new employee stock option plan and marketing and staff additions for its mySAP.com Internet software system would likely outpace sales in the first quarter of 2000.

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