SAP Extends Portfolio of Solutions for the CFO; Signs Global Reseller Agreement with Acorn Systems for Profitability Management Software

Customers Gain Additional Value from SAP and Acorn Domain Expertise

Supporting the CFO



23 Apr, 2007, 01:00 ET from SAP AG

    ATLANTA, April 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Furthering extending its
 portfolio of solutions for the chief financial officer (CFO), SAP AG (NYSE:  
 SAP) today announced that it will resell Acorn System's profitability
 management software. Under the terms of the global reseller agreement, SAP
 will resell Acorn's Profit Analyzer software, which runs on SAP(R)
 NetWeaver Business Intelligence (NetWeaver BI), as the SAP(R) Business
 Profitability Management application by Acorn as a standalone solution and
 as part of a comprehensive set of performance management solutions. The
 announcement was made at SAPPHIRE(R) '07, SAP's international customer
 conference, being held in Atlanta, Georgia, April 22 - 25.
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050310/SFTH009LOGO-a )
     SAP customers will gain greater value from their existing IT
 investments by extending their integrated enterprise resource planning
 (ERP) processes to encompass deep profitability management capabilities.
 CFOs can leverage their trusted foundation of SAP ERP with rich
 functionality for integrated business controls as well as managing risk,
 strategic procurement and strategy and profitability. With this
 announcement, SAP is continuing to execute on its plan to comprehensively
 support CFOs as they lead the financial transformation process within their
 organizations.
     Profitability management provides a crucial component of corporate
 performance management (CPM) solutions by providing visibility into the
 products and customers that deliver the highest value to organizations,
 thus helping steer companies through their financial transformation. The
 combination of Acorn Systems' recognized domain expertise in profitability
 management and differentiated approach to understanding the cost drivers
 within business processes, combined with SAP's deep expertise in those
 business processes, allows Acorn and SAP together to deliver profitability
 solutions that optimize customers' investments.
     Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:   TECD), a global distributor of IT
 products to 90,000 customers in 100 countries recently entered into an
 agreement to implement Acorn's Performance Analyzer in the United States
 and is already a major SAP user in its territories outside of the Americas.
     "This new relationship between Acorn and SAP will provide some
 promising opportunities for us to more easily, and in a more integrated
 manner, extend our use of Acorn's tools in the future," said John Tonnison,
 Tech Data's senior vice president, Information Technology. "It certainly
 validates our decision to add Acorn to our enterprise applications
 portfolio."
     Profitability Management software delivers detailed visibility into the
 root causes of cost variability within business processes that affects
 profit and hence improve decision-making for the business user. SAP
 Business Profitability Management is already certified as "Powered by SAP
 NetWeaver," enabling customers to take immediate advantage and get up and
 running with Acorn software quickly, without disruption to IT or the
 business.
     "The performance leaders in virtually all industries have achieved
 success by pursuing the time-proven process of measuring, analyzing, and
 improving their profitability in a sustained, systematic way," said Leland
 Putterman, CEO of Acorn Systems. "SAP and Acorn now make it easy for
 customers to leverage their investment in SAP applications for ERP, CRM,
 SCM, financials, and SAP NetWeaver BI solutions to generate meaningful
 insight into the profitability of their business. Our customers who have
 traveled this journey have achieved breakthrough performance results, and
 SAP and Acorn intend to offer and deliver similar value to those companies
 in the global marketplace who embrace this joint solution offering."
     "C-level executives tell us that understanding profitability -
 especially customer and product profitability - is one of the top
 priorities in managing corporate performance," said Sanjay Poonen, senior
 vice president and general manager, SAP Analytics, SAP AG. "With increased
 global competition and often razor-thin margins, companies must optimize
 their demand and supply chains to maximize shareholder value. SAP Business
 Profitability Management by Acorn allows organizations to clearly
 understand their most profitable customers and products in order to
 optimize their further investments in their value drivers. The breadth and
 depth of functionality delivered through the combined solution, powered by
 SAP NetWeaver, delivers an integrated offering to customers and enables
 them to leverage their existing investments in SAP solutions."
     For more information, please visit:
 www.sap.com/solutions/performancemanagement.
     About SAP
     SAP is the world's leading provider of business software*. Today, more
 than 39,400 customers in more than 120 countries run SAP(R)
 applications-from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small
 businesses and midsize companies to suite offerings for global
 organizations. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver(R) platform to drive innovation
 and enable business change, SAP software helps enterprises of all sizes
 around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner
 collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and
 business operations. SAP solution portfolios support the unique business
 processes of more than 25 industries, including high tech, retail,
 financial services, healthcare and the public sector. With subsidiaries in
 more than 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges,
 including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP."
 (Additional information at http://www.sap.com )
     (*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource
 planning and related applications such as supply chain management, customer
 relationship management, product life-cycle management and supplier
 relationship management.
     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.
     NOTE: 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.
      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:
      Shabana Khan, +1 (650) 461-1332, shabana.khan@sap.com, PDT
      SAP Press Office, +49 (6227) 7-46315, CET; +1 (610) 661-3200, EDT;
      press@sap.com
      Chris Fraga, +1 (610) 687-8400, cfraga@acornsys.com, EDT
     During SAPPHIRE (from April 23 to 25), to speak with press contacts on
 site, please dial the SAP press room at +1 (404) 222 5000.
 
 

SOURCE SAP AG
    ATLANTA, April 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Furthering extending its
 portfolio of solutions for the chief financial officer (CFO), SAP AG (NYSE:  
 SAP) today announced that it will resell Acorn System's profitability
 management software. Under the terms of the global reseller agreement, SAP
 will resell Acorn's Profit Analyzer software, which runs on SAP(R)
 NetWeaver Business Intelligence (NetWeaver BI), as the SAP(R) Business
 Profitability Management application by Acorn as a standalone solution and
 as part of a comprehensive set of performance management solutions. The
 announcement was made at SAPPHIRE(R) '07, SAP's international customer
 conference, being held in Atlanta, Georgia, April 22 - 25.
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050310/SFTH009LOGO-a )
     SAP customers will gain greater value from their existing IT
 investments by extending their integrated enterprise resource planning
 (ERP) processes to encompass deep profitability management capabilities.
 CFOs can leverage their trusted foundation of SAP ERP with rich
 functionality for integrated business controls as well as managing risk,
 strategic procurement and strategy and profitability. With this
 announcement, SAP is continuing to execute on its plan to comprehensively
 support CFOs as they lead the financial transformation process within their
 organizations.
     Profitability management provides a crucial component of corporate
 performance management (CPM) solutions by providing visibility into the
 products and customers that deliver the highest value to organizations,
 thus helping steer companies through their financial transformation. The
 combination of Acorn Systems' recognized domain expertise in profitability
 management and differentiated approach to understanding the cost drivers
 within business processes, combined with SAP's deep expertise in those
 business processes, allows Acorn and SAP together to deliver profitability
 solutions that optimize customers' investments.
     Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:   TECD), a global distributor of IT
 products to 90,000 customers in 100 countries recently entered into an
 agreement to implement Acorn's Performance Analyzer in the United States
 and is already a major SAP user in its territories outside of the Americas.
     "This new relationship between Acorn and SAP will provide some
 promising opportunities for us to more easily, and in a more integrated
 manner, extend our use of Acorn's tools in the future," said John Tonnison,
 Tech Data's senior vice president, Information Technology. "It certainly
 validates our decision to add Acorn to our enterprise applications
 portfolio."
     Profitability Management software delivers detailed visibility into the
 root causes of cost variability within business processes that affects
 profit and hence improve decision-making for the business user. SAP
 Business Profitability Management is already certified as "Powered by SAP
 NetWeaver," enabling customers to take immediate advantage and get up and
 running with Acorn software quickly, without disruption to IT or the
 business.
     "The performance leaders in virtually all industries have achieved
 success by pursuing the time-proven process of measuring, analyzing, and
 improving their profitability in a sustained, systematic way," said Leland
 Putterman, CEO of Acorn Systems. "SAP and Acorn now make it easy for
 customers to leverage their investment in SAP applications for ERP, CRM,
 SCM, financials, and SAP NetWeaver BI solutions to generate meaningful
 insight into the profitability of their business. Our customers who have
 traveled this journey have achieved breakthrough performance results, and
 SAP and Acorn intend to offer and deliver similar value to those companies
 in the global marketplace who embrace this joint solution offering."
     "C-level executives tell us that understanding profitability -
 especially customer and product profitability - is one of the top
 priorities in managing corporate performance," said Sanjay Poonen, senior
 vice president and general manager, SAP Analytics, SAP AG. "With increased
 global competition and often razor-thin margins, companies must optimize
 their demand and supply chains to maximize shareholder value. SAP Business
 Profitability Management by Acorn allows organizations to clearly
 understand their most profitable customers and products in order to
 optimize their further investments in their value drivers. The breadth and
 depth of functionality delivered through the combined solution, powered by
 SAP NetWeaver, delivers an integrated offering to customers and enables
 them to leverage their existing investments in SAP solutions."
     For more information, please visit:
 www.sap.com/solutions/performancemanagement.
     About SAP
     SAP is the world's leading provider of business software*. Today, more
 than 39,400 customers in more than 120 countries run SAP(R)
 applications-from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small
 businesses and midsize companies to suite offerings for global
 organizations. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver(R) platform to drive innovation
 and enable business change, SAP software helps enterprises of all sizes
 around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner
 collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and
 business operations. SAP solution portfolios support the unique business
 processes of more than 25 industries, including high tech, retail,
 financial services, healthcare and the public sector. With subsidiaries in
 more than 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges,
 including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP."
 (Additional information at http://www.sap.com )
     (*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource
 planning and related applications such as supply chain management, customer
 relationship management, product life-cycle management and supplier
 relationship management.
     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.
     NOTE: 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.
      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:
      Shabana Khan, +1 (650) 461-1332, shabana.khan@sap.com, PDT
      SAP Press Office, +49 (6227) 7-46315, CET; +1 (610) 661-3200, EDT;
      press@sap.com
      Chris Fraga, +1 (610) 687-8400, cfraga@acornsys.com, EDT
     During SAPPHIRE (from April 23 to 25), to speak with press contacts on
 site, please dial the SAP press room at +1 (404) 222 5000.
 
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