SAP Helps Customers Stay the Course in Turbulent Times

October 30, 2008 by admin

SAP AG announced the launch of the Best-Run Now initiative, highlighting solution offerings that focus on optimizing operations and address pressing business needs. Available now in select markets with varied configurations, the offerings combine SAP software, services and special financing terms to deliver rapid time to value. The initiative aims to help customers address real-time business issues, including more efficient management of information on cash flow and liquidity, maximizing a global workforce through change and how to optimize procurement and supply chain processes.

As companies face potential shortages in sales and consumer spending, limitations in accessing credit and fluctuating costs, it becomes essential for them to make shifts to improve operations and protect the bottom line. Identifying opportunities to increase visibility into cash and liquidity, make efficient workforce shifts, more rapidly access critical performance data, streamline supply chains, and accelerate savings in procurement and expenses can make a critical difference in long term performance and agility.

Bill McDermott, member of the SAP executive board and president and CEO, Global Field Operations, SAP AG


“No other company in our industry has the ability to provide, in a matter of days, offerings designed to help customers address the challenges that have emerged on a global scale,” said Bill McDermott, member of the SAP executive board and president and CEO, Global Field Operations, SAP AG.

“The strength of our product offerings, combined with industry-leading services and support, enables us to create these solution packages, including special financing offers, to roll-out for customers immediately. As the global market environment continues to shift dramatically on a daily basis, it becomes more important than ever for companies to utilize their IT investments to increase efficiencies, improve operations and respond rapidly for long-term viability and success.”

SAP has designed offerings addressing needs of customers in all size segments. All packages are available for immediate shipment and rapid deployment. Package specifics and availability vary by region. Each of these solution offerings can be easily consumed to deliver rapid return on investment and operational improvements. They focus on issues that companies everywhere are facing due to global market environments, including:

Cash, Liquidity and Financial Risk

Enables companies to accelerate cash flow, manage cash and liquidity more effectively and mitigate the risks associated with fluctuation in FX, interest rates and commodity prices. The offering accelerates commercial cash flows, improves insight into global cash and liquidity, and helps preserve profit margins.

Managing Workforce Through Rapid Change

Includes tools essential to helping quickly assess a workforce situation, identify and maintain the right people within the organization and provide cost effective training to up-skill and maintain certification and compliance levels within the organization.

Accelerate Savings in Procurement

Helps to rapidly maximize cost savings by closing the loop between identified and negotiated savings, resulting in increased spend under management, reduced costs and improved compliance with contracts and policies.

Business Planning and Consolidation

Enables streamlined planning, budgeting and forecasting and a fast, accurate close, utilizing familiar and easy-to-use tools in a single integrated application that reduces maintenance, improves data integrity and simplifies deployment while enabling flexible planning and consolidation functions.

Energy Data Management

Provides utilities the means to manage energy profiles, offer real-time pricing and complex billing, and optimize energy settlements with the goal of improving energy efficiencies.

Business Intelligence Accelerator (BIA)

Boosts the performance of analytic processing and enables business users to access and analyze large volumes of business data without labor-intensive set-up or design activities.

Optimize IT

Focuses on reducing IT operational costs by targeting key areas of cost and accelerating the value timetable for business applications such as the SAP ERP application.

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