March 19, 2012 // By: Christiane Stagge
According to a survey conducted by the German-speaking SAP User Group (DSAG), interest in SAP ERP 6.0 is high: 86% of the respondents reported running an SAP ERP 6.0 system, and 62% were planning to invest in their SAP ERP system in 2012.
The SAP ERP application comprises SAP ERP Financials, SAP ERP Human Capital Management, SAP ERP Operations, and SAP ERP Corporate Services. It also includes a number of components, such as FI (financial accounting), MM (materials management), CO (controlling), SD (sales and distribution), PS (project system), QM (quality management), and LE (logistics).
SAP ERP Human Capital Management covers processes like personnel analysis, employee and process management, and workforce deployment. SAP ERP Operations handles operative processes, including procurement, logistics, product development, manufacturing, sales, and service. Finally, SAP ERP Corporate Services integrates processes in real estate management, enterprise asset management, project and portfolio management, travel management, environmental protection, and occupational health and safety.
To keep SAP ERP up-to-date, SAP offers special enhancement packages (EHPs) that add specific functions to the application. Five EHPs have been released thus far, and the sixth is already in its ramp-up phase.