SAP Announces Strategic Solution for Industrial Machinery and Components Industry

Single Integrated Solution Links Shop Floor and Manufacturing Operations, Represents First in a New Generation of Industry-Specific Solutions from SAP

CHICAGO, March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SAP AG today announced the launch of a specialized solution designed to meet the complex needs of the industrial machinery and components industry. mySAP(TM) Industrial Machinery & Components (mySAP IM&C) will provide a single integrated solution to meet all business process requirements, from the plant floor to the back office. The introduction of mySAP IM&C demonstrates SAP's continued commitment to and leadership in providing industry-specific solutions for manufacturing companies. The announcement was made today at National Manufacturing Week, being held March 3-6 in Chicago, Il.

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mySAP IM&C is the first in SAP's next generation of adaptive, flexible manufacturing solutions. The solution deepens vertical integration of the shop floor with the manufacturing environment and supports constantly developing business processes -- from order to cash and beyond -- with efficient management of customers, supply chains, product life cycles, and service processes. mySAP IM&C also allows customers to integrate and manage their entire enterprise while prevailing over the competitive environment and significantly reducing costs.

"SAP has deep functionality for equipment companies and an impressive list of reference accounts," said Bob Parker, in the AMR Research Alert, March 3, 2003. "SAP already has a solution map in place and this move creates dedicated resources to serve this market. Overall, this market has an economic bottom behind it and SAP is now organizationally aligned to take advantage."

Companies in the industrial machinery and components industry face growing challenges in an environment where customers expect fast, flexible responses to demands for increasingly diversified products and services. With the benefit of direct input from existing customers and years of experience working with manufacturing companies, SAP has tailored mySAP IM&C to concentrate on increased flexibility and interaction with industry networks.

Companies like Bosch Rexroth, a global manufacturer and supplier of drive, control, and motion solutions for industrial and factory automation and mobile hydraulics, and Schumacher Elevator, a mid-sized family-owned freight and passenger elevator company, will deploy the full range of business solutions found in mySAP(TM) Business Suite combined with the rich, industry-specific functionality found in mySAP IM&C. Together, these solutions will help Bosch Rexroth and Schumacher Elevator to accelerate their return on investment by streamlining enterprise operations, boosting after sales business, and ultimately sustaining product leadership.

"SAP recognized and met the critical need for a solution that speaks directly to the IT requirements of industrial machinery and components customers like ourselves," said Michael Nilles, vice president & CIO Americas, Bosch Rexroth. "Using a flexible solution that has been specifically designed to help us strategically meet our industry challenges lets us concentrate our internal efforts on other key aspects of our business."

"Initially we were drawn to SAP based on its rich history of providing manufacturing companies with a single integrated solution for meeting all of their business process needs," said Jeff Schumacher, CFO, Schumacher Elevator. "mySAP IM&C will enable us to integrate the unique and complex business processes specific to the industry while providing us with the expertise and ongoing support of a world-leading business software solution provider."

SAP is already the leading provider of solutions to the important industrial machinery and components industry; today's announcement reflects SAP's commitment to this industry segment. mySAP IM&C supports the multi- faceted business scenarios involved in marketing and sales, engineering and design, planning, production, and service of products. The solution includes a broad extended offering of applications to design best-in-class service processes, as well as the foundation for seamlessly integrated business procedures through the provision of consistent master data for all business partners in a global environment. In addition, in order to ensure process optimization alongside product innovation, SAP will continue to monitor industry trends and requirements.

"Only SAP can bring to bear years of experience working with thousands and thousands of manufacturing customers to create and successfully deliver industry-specific solutions that meet today's complex business challenges," said Nils Herzberg, senior vice president, Manufacturing & Distribution, SAP. "With more than 1,800 companies already leveraging SAP solutions within the industrial machine and components sector, we have a keen understanding of the challenges faced by these companies and the unique business processes required to operate in today's complex business environment. It is this industry experience that enables SAP to be valued as a trusted advisor to manufacturing companies around the globe."

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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.

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 information at

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