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SAP:  Is it just Hype?

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Ok, my company is due to go to SAP any month now, but I'm not quite sure about 1 thing... Is it or is it not a DBMS like Access et al?  What can SAP do that, let's say, JSP/ASP/ColdFusion couldn't do working off a database with a browser as the front end?  

I'm looking for an answer that will crush my naive way of thought on the issue :-)
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Anybody home?
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Although SAP *can* run off an Access database, nobody in their right mind would ever do that, not even in the smallest of organizations.  SAP is software that runs practically every function a business has.  Logistics, Human Resources, Finance, Employee Self Service and more.  SAP is geared towards massive corporations.  In example, Microsoft runs their business with SAP.  With this in mind, the database that SAP uses is generally one of the following:

MS SQL Server (worst choice IMHO)
Oracle
MaxDB (basicly an enhcnaced version of MySQL for SAP)

SAP also has it's own programming language ABAP, and interchangeability between Java and ABAP is in development right now.  This is what is used to develop interfaces to other systems, reports and programs for SAP.

SAP is not just webenabled, though.  There is a client you install on a local machine to run SAP, but it is also web enabled via an html client and a java client, as well as whatever custom portals the orgnaization develops.  

Organizations would have to spend billions to develop a system as mature and proven as SAP... package solution is becoming more and more popular, and this is how the industry is moving.
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INTRUIGING!

MS uses SAP... ironic.

Yes, I agree... a MS database is not ideal to anything else out there but that's
when we are looking at sensitive applications.  But in essence though, let's say
that I have a company with 5 employees and Access was the "hub" of the business...
could not it be implemented to do what SAP does?

I'm still curious though... if I take all the brains of the SAP developers, could they
create a comparable system using MySql+ColdFusion+a browser?
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Its not the same.  SAP developers need to work in conjuction with fuctional analyst who actually run the business.  SAP is a methodology along with  a true ERP solution.  SAP is not just an ERP that works on top of a database.  It is also business model guide.  The barrier to entry for a small business is huge.  My company has 250 employees and have 4 different locations accross the US.  Our initial implementation was over 2 Mil.  I can definetly say that it has helped us consolidate our business and provide better service to our customers.

On your last comment "if I take all the brains of the SAP developers, could they
create a comparable system using MySql+ColdFusion+a browser?", its like asking "hey can they create something like windows?".

If It was 10 years ago......maybe .... but today "no way"
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by:PietStrydom
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If you have several gigabyte of software running in your browser, you could compare it to SAP....
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