Matthew McQueeny - Relationships & Community Lead
26 Jan 2023
The news came out today that SAP is planning to cut 3,000 jobs, or roughly 2.5% of its workforce. It sounds like just another global technology firm in a line of many lately who are culling significant numbers of employees. While some of those other companies like Alphabet (Google), Microsoft, Amazon, and Meta (Facebook) may be much more known quantities to all of us, SAP is just as known to its core customers, namely manufacturers.
Konabos has had significant engagements with SAP, as we work with many manufacturers. Interestingly, as the overall Digital Experience Platform (DXP), Content Management System (CMS), and Commerce marketplaces that we specialize in have shifted from monolithic, all-in-one platforms towards composable business and headless frameworks, SAP has maintained its dominant position in that mix. When moving towards composable frameworks, customers often want to know where the “source of truth” lies. And while the intention of the composable philosophy is to use best-of-breed solutions for each layer of your technology stack, SAP is still for manufacturers the central planet around which the constellation of manufacturing technologies orbits.
While the job cuts at SAP foresee sober economic projections for 2023, SAP also announced that its revenue did increase 30% in Q422 for its cloud business, another projection of sorts for where the industry is going.
SAP, or Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing, is a software suite that can be used for a variety of purposes, including enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, and customer relationship management. It is designed to help manufacturers automate and streamline their operations, improve visibility into their supply chain and inventory, and make better-informed decisions.
One of the key benefits of using SAP is that it can be tailored to meet the specific needs of each manufacturer, regardless of their size or industry. This means that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can benefit from the same advanced features and capabilities as large multinational corporations.
SAP's ERP module is particularly useful for manufacturers. It includes modules for managing financials, logistics, human resources, and production. By using this module, manufacturers can gain a real-time view of their operations, which can help them identify bottlenecks and optimize their production processes. This can lead to increased efficiency and productivity, which can ultimately result in cost savings and higher profits.
SAP's supply chain management (SCM) and customer relationship management (CRM) modules are also valuable tools for manufacturers. The SCM module can help manufacturers manage their entire supply chain, from procurement and inventory management to distribution and logistics. The CRM module, on the other hand, can help manufacturers build and maintain strong relationships with their customers.
SAP is also known for its security features and data protection capabilities. The software is designed to meet the highest standards for data security and compliance, which is crucial for manufacturers who handle sensitive and confidential information.
Overall, SAP is a powerful and versatile ERP solution that can help manufacturers take control of their operation. Its scalability, flexibility, and advanced features make it a popular choice among manufacturers of all sizes and in various sectors. With the right configuration and implementation, SAP can be a valuable asset for any manufacturer looking to improve their efficiency and profitability.
Matt is a digital marketing professional and web project manager with over 15 years of experience. He has worked with clients ranging from Fortune 500 to startups. Industries of digital project experience include healthcare, publishing, technology, telecommunications, education, retail, entertainment, manufacturing, and transportation. In 2023, Matt was awarded his first Sitecore MVP, in recognition for his work in the Sitecore community.
He loves the intersection of technology, marketing, and communications. Throughout his career, he worked with many licensed and open-source content management systems, in editorial, social media strategy and advertising, search engine marketing, lead generation, analytics, and podcasting.