The German software company SAP SE (Societas Europaea), based in Walldorf (15 km south of Heidelberg & 50 km north of Karlsruhe), is the world's number one non-American software vendor and the world's No. 4 (after Microsoft, Oracle and IBM).
The company was founded in 1972 and its main activity is the development and maintenance of standard business software (enterprise software) to manage business operations. The focus is on ERP components such as accounting, controlling, sales, purchasing, material management, production, warehousing, human resources, etc.
- Management of the company: Bill McDermott (Chief Executive Officer); Hasso Plattner (Chairman of the Supervisory Board).
- SAP has a worldwide market share of around 25% (50% in Germany) in ERP software and generated sales of 21 billion euros in 2015 and a profit of 3 billion euros.
- SAP has approximately 80,000 employees worldwide, of which 20,000 employees are in software development in about 120 foreign subsidiaries. For several years, there has been a strong development location in India and other countries, like China and the USA.
- The share is traded at the New York Stock Exchange (since 1998) and in the Frankfurt (since 1988). The company is listed within the DAX (German stock index) and also in the Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50.
Approximately 75.6% of the SAP shares are free floating. 2.7% are owned by SAP SE itself and approximately 21.6% are owned by the founding partners Hasso Plattner (8.54%), Dietmar Hopp (5.31%) and the heirs of Klaus Tschira (7.50%).
The most important key figures (Number of Employees, Annual Revenue & Profit) of the international SAP group are summarized in a graphic.