SAP has acquired manufacturing software company Lighthammer Software Development to help its 12,000 manufacturing customers build stronger links between their factory floors and business processes.
As a result of the acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, Lighthammer’s Collaborative Manufacturing Suite (CMS) will be delivered as an SAP xApps composite application on the SAP NetWeaver platform.
“Acquiring Lighthammer supports SAP’s strategy of enabling adaptive business networks for our customers,” said Nils Herzberg, SAP senior vice-president for the manufacturing industry solutions product and technology group.
“Essential in enabling an adaptive business network is bridging the disconnect between the shop floor and the enterprise through what SAP refers to as adaptive manufacturing – the ability of a manufacturer to profitably replenish the supply chain while dynamically adapting to unpredictable business change. The SAP/Lighthammer combination exemplifies the adaptive business network vision,” he added.