Small Companies Segment Growing at Accelerated Pace
WALLDORF, Germany and SAN DIEGO, Calif. — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced the 20,000th customer for SAP® Business One, its integrated business management application for small businesses, proving the rapid market adoption rate of the application, for which SAP has been able to double its customer base in less than two years. The announcement was made at the SAP Summer Sales Meeting, SAP Americas’ annual field conference attended by more than 2,500 partners and SAP employees, being held in San Diego, California from July 14–16.
Super Sailmakers, a one-stop shop for all sail needs founded in 1973 and based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, selected SAP Business One to support all core areas of its fast-growing and increasingly international business. It took only one product demonstration from SAP partner Netsirk to convince the company to replace its legacy system, and only 30 days to turn the decision into business value. Now, SAP Business One, together with the complementary e-commerce solution Netsirk Credit Card Processing by SAP partner Netsirk and Third Wave Ship Link by SAP partner Third Wave Business Systems, form the one-stop business solution for Super Sailmakers. Of Super Sailmakers’ 15 employees, eight work with the integrated business management application to run the entire business, from closing deals, producing and shipping products to customers and resellers on time, managing the financials, tracking production, expanding the relationships with the business network, to delivering various services.
Super Sailmakers was honored today by Glenn Wada, senior vice president and general manager, SME, SAP America Inc., who welcomed the company to the growing community of small businesses that run on SAP solutions.
“We are considered a small company, but as such our business is highly diversified and shows high growth rates, which makes it hard to find a suitable software solution,” said Bob Meagher III, vice president, Super Sailmakers. “With multiple locations selling directly to sailors, boat dealers and manufacturers in the United States, Caribbean and Europe, we needed to consolidate our management and operations in a single platform, integrating our high-end services to large cruising yachts with our unique requirements as a sailmaker for smaller boats. SAP wasn’t really on our minds, but SAP Business One, combined with the knowledgeable solutions and customer-focused record of Netsirk, clearly addressed our unique business needs best and met our expectations for ease-of-use, flexibility and affordability.”
SAP Solution Strategy for SMEs Proves Successful
This milestone in customer adoption of SAP Business One strengthens SAP as a worldwide leading provider of enterprise solutions to small and midsize enterprises (SMEs), with currently more than 35,700 SME customers from a total of 47,800 customers. SAP offers a comprehensive and versatile solution portfolio specifically designed for the business and IT needs of SMEs. It includes SAP Business One for small businesses and SAP® Business All-in-One and SAP® Business ByDesign™ for midsize companies, all of which deliver on the promise to offer powerful and affordable solutions for the unique needs of businesses of all sizes.
A successful SAP Business One partner in the United States since 2003 and named SAP South East Regional Partner of the Year 2007 in the United States, Netsirk Technologies headquartered in Weston, Florida, provided Super Sailmakers with the complete array of services, from first demo to implementation, data transfer and training. Experienced in the retail, wholesale and manufacturing industries, Netsirk not only offers professional services but also provides complementary solutions for several industries that tightly integrate with SAP Business One.
Third Wave Business Systems has been implementing business management systems for the SME market space for 15 years. In 2003, Third Wave became one of the first SAP® Business One Channel Partners in the United States. Based in Wayne, New Jersey, the company serves the New Jersey and the New York metro area. In addition to providing a range of implementation services, Third Wave has developed a number of add-on applications for various industries that provide complementary functionality to SAP Business One and have been implemented by SAP Business One customers in more than 10 countries. SAP recognition includes several SAP Business One Top Performer awards, SAP® Business One ISV Partner of the Year and the SAP® Business One Excellence in Customer Satisfaction Award.
“Super Sailmakers is a perfect example of how customers can quickly benefit from SAP’s best-fit strategy for small businesses and midsize companies,” said Niels Stenfeldt, vice president, SAP Business One, SAP AG. “SAP Business One, as an international and comprehensive business application, forms the stable basis. It is matched with regional and the increasingly important vertical and micro-vertical expertise and solutions from our partners. Together, we offer true and immediate value to fast-growing small businesses in their respective industries.”
SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software(*), offering applications and services that enable companies of all sizes and in more than 25 industries to become best-run businesses. With more than 47,800 customers (excludes customers from the acquisition of Business Objects) in over 120 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE, under the symbol “SAP.” (For more information, visit www.sap.com)
About SAP® Business One
Designed specifically for small businesses with up to 100 employees, the SAP® Business One application provides a single, affordable solution for managing the entire business, including financials, sales, customer relationships and operations. With SAP Business One, small businesses can streamline end-to-end operations, get instant and complete information, and accelerate profitable growth. Built upon SAP’s decades of proven experience, SAP Business One can be flexibly tailored to meet the fast-changing and industry-specific needs of small businesses as they grow. With more than 450 add-on solutions and available in over 40 country versions, SAP Business One is delivered and supported locally by more than 1,100 experienced resellers and trusted by over 20,000 small businesses worldwide. Additional information available at www.sap.com/solutions/businessone
(*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning and related applications.
Any statements contained in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project,” “predict,” “should” and “will” and similar expressions as they relate to SAP are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. SAP undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. The factors that could affect SAP’s future financial results are discussed more fully in SAP’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including SAP’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates.
Copyright © 2008 SAP AG. All rights reserved.
SAP, R/3, mySAP, mySAP.com, xApps, xApp, SAP NetWeaver and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all over the world. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies. Data contained in this document serve informational purposes only. National product specifications may vary.
Note to editors:
To view video stories on diverse topics, visit www.sap-tv.com. From this newly launched site, you also can embed videos into your own Web pages, share video via email links and subscribe to RSS feeds from SAP TV. No registration is required. To preview and request broadcast-standard video digitally or by tape, log on to www.thenewsmarket.com/sap, where registration and video is free to the media.
For customers interested in learning more about SAP products:
Global Customer Center: +49 180 534–34–24
United States Only: 1 (800) 872-1SAP (1–800–872–1727)
For more information, press only:
Astrid Poelchen, SAP AG, +49– 6227–747644, firstname.lastname@example.org, CET
SAP Press Office, +49 (6227) 7–46315, CET; +1 (610) 661–3200, EDT; email@example.com
Torrey Fazen, Burson-Marsteller, +1 (617) 764–0146, firstname.lastname@example.org, EDT
Tanja Charrier, Burson-Marsteller, +49-69–238–09–58, email@example.com, CET