SAP Supplies BHP Billiton With First Mining Industry-Specific Global Supply Chain Solution

World's Largest Resources Company Leverages mySAP(TM) Supply Chain Management

To Gain Flexible Planning Capabilities and Adaptability

Feb 25, 2003, 00:00 ET from SAP AG

    MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SAP AG
 (NYSE:   SAP) today announced that BHP Billiton has successfully implemented
 mySAP(TM) Supply Chain Management (mySAP SCM) to manage its global manganese
 business from the mines to stockpiles to end customers.  BHP Billiton, the
 world's largest diversified resources company, joins an ever-growing list of
 global companies leveraging mySAP SCM, the world's leading supply chain
 management solution.
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     Key capabilities of mySAP SCM will help BHP Billiton manage every aspect
 of its global supply chain, enabling more visibility into operations, flexible
 decision-making, and integrated planning to reduce inventories and
 transportation costs.
     "Our vision at BHP Billiton clearly is to become a demand-driven resources
 company and to move our entire enterprise-wide processes to a more
 customer-centric approach while reducing costs and improving our
 profitability," said Marius Kloppers, chief marketing officer at BHP Billiton.
 "By deploying mySAP SCM, we will increase our flexibility to respond to our
 customer's changing demands and we will be able to realize significant savings
 in our global supply chains by reducing inventories and handling costs."
     The implementation of mySAP SCM for BHP Billiton's global manganese
 business was the first phase of a global rollout project of mySAP SCM.  It was
 realized within a timeframe of nine months and comprised the usage of
 different capabilities of SAP(R) Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO):
 demand planning, supply network planning, and global available-to-promise.
     For the second phase of the rollout, BHP Billiton plans to extend the
 current supply chain solution model to include transportation planning and
 execution. BHP Billiton selected the SAP Trader's and Scheduler's Workbench
 (SAP TSW), a component of SAP's industry solutions mySAP(TM) Mining and
 mySAP(TM) Oil & Gas, to specifically handle bulk transportation management.
 This enhanced solution model will be gradually rolled out to all commodities
 starting with iron ore and coal.
     "Together with BHP Billiton, we have created a complete supply chain
 management solution that is unique in the resources industry," said
 Nils Herzberg, senior vice president, Manufacturing & Distribution, SAP AG.
 "SAP took the innovative approach of adapting functionality of SAP TSW that
 was originally developed for the petroleum industry but closely fit the needs
 of mining companies.  Working jointly with BHP Billiton, we tailored it to
 directly meet mining-specific requirements.  The co-developed solution
 component is now available in the latest release of mySAP Mining and will be
 made available to other customers in the industry."
     SAP will present its solutions together with its service, technology, and
 small and midsize business (SMB) partners at SAP's main booth in hall 4 at
 CeBIT 2003, being held in Hanover, Germany, March 12-19.
     For more information about mySAP SCM, visit .
     For more information about mySAP Mining, visit .
     About SAP
     SAP is the world's leading provider of business software solutions.
 Through mySAP(TM) Business Suite, 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 19,300 companies in over 120 countries run more than
 60,100 installations of SAP(R) 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
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     About BHP Billiton
     BHP Billiton is the world's largest diversified resources company.  It is
 distinguished from other resource companies by the quality of its assets; its
 deep inventory of growth projects; its customer-focused marketing; its
 diversification across countries, commodities and markets; and its Petroleum
     With some 38,000 employees working in more than 100 operations in
 approximately 20 countries, BHP Billiton occupies industry leader or near
 industry leader positions in major commodity businesses including aluminium,
 energy coal and metallurgical coal, copper, ferro-alloys, iron ore and
 titanium minerals.  The Group also has substantial interests in oil, gas,
 liquefied natural gas, nickel, diamonds and silver. More information is
 available at:
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