ASSURED 2011

Management Report

 

Partner Ecosystem

SAP customers want choice when it comes to partnering with companies best suited to their needs – choice in the solutions they implement and choice in their source for purchasing, implementing, and supporting those solutions. Our ecosystemecosystemConstruct encompassing SAP and its customers and partners that extends the value SAP provides its customers. By bringing together community-based insight, innovative partner solutions, and industry-leading collaboration and co-innovation, it enables custo and channels strategy delivers open choices to customers through a collaborative, innovative, and interactive network of partners, customers, and individuals. Tapping into this ecosystemecosystemConstruct encompassing SAP and its customers and partners that extends the value SAP provides its customers. By bringing together community-based insight, innovative partner solutions, and industry-leading collaboration and co-innovation, it enables custo, customers are connected with a diverse set of providers and resources to help them succeed and become best-run businesses. By teaming with our partners, we can offer customers more innovation, more flexibility, and more variety in the solutions we offer than we could alone. Customers, in turn, can rapidly experience benefits of the best software available from the world’s leading software, services and technology companies, including emerging technologies, such as in-memory computingin-memory computingA major advance in information technology that creates a dramatic change in computing, analytics, and data storage. Combining advances in multicore processing with more affordable servers, in-memory computing allows information to be stored in the main me, cloud computingcloud computingGeneric term for flexible, IT-related services available through, or hosted on, the Internet for consumers and business, including storage, computing power, software development environments, and applications, combined with service delivery. Accessed as n, and mobility, as well as analyticsanalyticsData analysis typically generated in the form of reports and charts which can be used for business insight and decision making. and line-of-business solutions. 

A key factor for the success of our ecosystemecosystemConstruct encompassing SAP and its customers and partners that extends the value SAP provides its customers. By bringing together community-based insight, innovative partner solutions, and industry-leading collaboration and co-innovation, it enables custo strategy is the SAP PartnerEdge program, which promotes productive partnerships and consistent service quality for a variety of SAP partner types. Since a thriving partner ecosystemecosystemConstruct encompassing SAP and its customers and partners that extends the value SAP provides its customers. By bringing together community-based insight, innovative partner solutions, and industry-leading collaboration and co-innovation, it enables custo is central to our success, we have expanded the program to better serve our partners by providing more functional enhancements, operational improvements, and increased program benefits. 

In 2011, we continued to expand our ecosystemecosystemConstruct encompassing SAP and its customers and partners that extends the value SAP provides its customers. By bringing together community-based insight, innovative partner solutions, and industry-leading collaboration and co-innovation, it enables custo in ways that deliver timely innovations to the market to help create a technology landscape for customers today, as well as for the future. We ended 2011 with more than 11,000 partners of various types from services, technology, software, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and value-added resellers (VARs) and distributors. As a result of these local, regional and global partnerships, SAP continues to fuel innovation with customers and partners worldwide in its five market categories, as detailed by some examples in 2011: 

Collaboration and Structure

Best-run businesses require best-in-class technologies to enable and drive success. For this to be possible, customers need choice in solutions and partners, and access to rapid innovation and a speedy time to value from their investments. SAP offers a number of partner programs to enhance co-innovation and help partners to grow their business in new ways, while reaching customers through creative new channels. SAP also fosters a number of different communities – interactive networks of developers, customers and partners – that come together to collaborate on a broad range of topics. 

Finance Plan for SAP Solutions

To help companies invest in SAP solutions and the associated services and hardware, we work with leading global financiers that specialize in IT financing to deliver the SAP FinancingSAP FinancingService that helps companies invest in SAP solutions implemented by strategic partner of SAP: Siemens Financial Services GmbH (SFS). SFS targets the financing service chiefly at midsize companies. Depending on local conditions, the SFS plan leases solutio service, a financing structure for customers. Since its inception, it has become a firmly established SAP ServicesSAP ServicesA portfolio of services to help our customers derive value from their SAP solutions in a fast, cost-effective and predictable way. The portfolio comprises three categories of services: high value (people-centric offerings in areas such as business transfo offering, having helped arrange more than 3,200 finance deals for SAP customers in all segments – small businesses, midsize companies, and large enterprises. To give customers flexibility to choose among potential economic benefits, the plan offers all of the popular financing models with their different advantages: It can help conserve liquidity and it provides an alternative to credit from their existing banking relationships.

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