SAP unveils sales and operations app

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SAP unveils sales and operations app

Antony Savvas

SAP has extended its range of SAP xApps composite applications, the firm’s new range of quickly deployable applications that solve specialised business challenges across diverse industries.

The newest SAP xApp is designed to help companies overcome hurdles to achieving operational, sales and financial goals.

The new SAP xApp Sales and Operations Planning (SAP xSOP) composite application will help companies align business units on the best-suited, lowest-risk plan for financial success, said SAP.

The application will enable finance, sales, purchasing and production departments to collect, analyse and track all sales and operations planning (S&OP) data in a central location.

This will dramatically reduce the time information workers spend hunting down data, and enhancing information visibility for decision makers, said the supplier.

Gartner analyst Andrew White said, “Companies often grapple to obtain a consolidated view of all the planning-related data that streams through the spreadsheets and applications used by various departments.

“This can result in a disconnect between financial goals, marketing efforts and inventory targets, and cause a lot of unnecessary footwork and redundant manual data entry.”

White added, “When all parties in the sales and operations planning value chain - from shop-floor managers on up to the CEO - can base their decisions on a shared, consolidated pool of information, companies can ensure that a single, unified plan is driving the business.”

The new solution has been developed on the SAP NetWeaver platform. SAP xSOP will be available from March this year as a standalone solution and as an extension for mySAP ERP 2005.

More information about the SAP xApps range is available at:

www.sap.com/xapps

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