MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the world's leading provider of business software*, offering applications and services to more than 102,500 customers located in over 120 countries, is the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan 2010 Global Best-in-Class Customer Value Enhancement Award in Integrated Management Solutions.
This award recognizes companies that offer unique value-added services to customers that allow them to achieve a faster time to market, increase operational efficiency, and effectively manage global supply chain complexities.
SAP's "Perfect Plant" initiative is a confluence of best-in-class solutions designed to help customers address their needs for real-time plant-floor visibility across the extended supply chain. The "Perfect Plant" strategy is centered on the SAP® Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) application, which synchronizes manufacturing with the enterprise system to drive performance excellence through performance agility. The manufacturing integration application, a single ISA-95 compliant layer, extends the SAP ERP application connectivity to shop-floor automation and control (SFAC) applications in real time.
"'Perfect Plant' is focused on the SAP NetWeaver® platform, of which SAP MII is based," explains Muthuraman Ramasamy, Frost & Sullivan senior research analyst. "The platform enables reduced lifecycle expenditure due to its open standards, which helps ensure interoperability and wider integration. In addition, the service-oriented architecture (SOA) offers customers flexibility and scalability for their enterprises."
SAP's commitment to developing next-generation technology, coupled with its robust expansive partner ecosystem, enables the company to be customer-centric through development of industry-specific solutions that can address diverse types of markets. SAP has strategically designed three unique applications for small and midsize enterprises – the SAP Business One application and the SAP Business ByDesign™ and SAP Business All-in-One solutions. SAP Business ByDesign is delivered on-demand and is designed as a best-fit solution for companies that want the benefits of large-scale business management applications without the costs of supporting the corresponding IT infrastructure.
Other best-in-class solutions developed by SAP include SAP BusinessObjects™ Explorer software, accelerated version, which allows end users to rapidly explore and analyze vast amounts of business data and SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance (SAP HANA) software, which uses in-memory computing, enabling companies to analyze business information in real time.
"In today's economy, customers are challenged to not only execute flawlessly across their entire 'Idea to Delivery' network but to also predict, evaluate and mitigate financial, compliance and operational risks," said Vivek Bapat, vice president, Manufacturing Industries Solutions Marketing, SAP. "With SAP solutions, customers gain detailed visibility and contextualized insight into every aspect of their operations and can instantly convert that insight into action across their extended business networks to help ensure strong operating and financial performance."
Frost & Sullivan Best-in-Class Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.
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(*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning, business intelligence, and related applications.
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