2/9/2018 by Amy ODonnell Posted in SAP

What is SAPHave you encountered job listings asking for SAP experience, but you don’t know what it is?

Did you attempt to find out, but ended up more confused than when you started?

Or looked into SAP training, and had the same confusing experience?

You’re not alone. SAP’s website lists a complex catalog full of courses but it doesn’t tell you where to start!

Do You Eat SPAM?

We’re not talking about junk email, but the actual SPAM lunchmeat in a can. You know what it is, and yet. . .nobody eats it, right? Wrong. Since its 1937 introduction, Hormel produces 44,000 cans of SPAM every day for a worldwide following. (It’s most popular in Hawaii, South Korea and The Philippines.) While the acronym’s actual meaning remains a mystery, they include “Shoulder Pork And Ham” “Something Posing As Meat.” And of course, it’s the subject of a Monty Python classic skit and play.

SAP is a little like SPAM—it’s popular, and sells well, but it gets no respect.

What Is SAP?

It’s not the liquid that comes out of maple trees.

SAP is a business platform used worldwide by companies for their Enterprise Resource Planning. It allows any user, anywhere in a company, to access information quickly, and ensures that the information is current and consistent.

SAP also offers effective business management solutions, integrating a company’s essential business functions, including CRM (Customer Relationship Management), SRM (Supplier Relationship Management), BI (Business Intelligence) and many more. It can consolidate all of your company’s tasks into a cohesive system that works 24/7 and keeps the business running.  


What Does SAP Stand For?

Literally, the acronym stands for Systems, Applications & Products in Data Processing (translated from German.) It’s the third largest software/programming company in the world, offering its accounting, cloud and other systems for large, medium and small businesses.

SAP includes ERP (enterprise resource planning) and integrates accounting and other functions into a consolidated, real-time system. No more spreadsheets (so they say)! SAP has a number of available modules, but the most common are Financials, Logistics, Human Resources, and Analytics.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well. . .not so fast. People who work with it every day will tell you a different story. In fact, people love to have a little fun with the SAP acronym. Here are some other meanings for SAP that you may or may not have heard of:

  • Start Adding People or Salary Advancement Program

“It’s not just a job. It’s a wardrobe.” An SAP implementation isn’t something you buy off the shelf and install like Quickbooks. SAP takes a lot of planning and configuration that needs to be done before you flip the switch and start using it.

Glassdoor reports that the average base pay for an SAP consultant is $82,902, with some as high as $99K. Wouldn’t you like to make a better salary? Start training as much as you can on SAP (it will buy a lot of aspirin).   

  • Scare Another Programmer or Start Applying Patches

“Anti-intuitive” is another frequent description people use of SAP’s user interface and screens.

SAP software is primarily coded in ABAP, or “Advanced Business Application Programming.” It’s SAP’s programming language, designed to meet development requirements of SAP that are intended to run systems in the background.

SAP is supposed to consolidate functions so that employees don’t have to rely on spreadsheets and Access databases for current information. However, users report that after SAP implementation, they find that it’s much easier to use spreadsheets and Access databases for current information.

  • Suffering And Pain or Say A Prayer

SAP tends to work better for larger companies than smaller ones.

One user from Quora offers this anecdote: “The running joke at the office used to be that if you want your expense check next year, make a mistake when you enter your expenses into SAP, because it will take that long to resolve it.”

  • Stops All Production or Stop All Progress

Users report that it creates jobs by requiring three people to do what used to be done by one person. SAP also requires that companies change the way they do business in order to match the SAP software.

  • System Against People

“User-unfriendly” is one term that comes up a lot. Others will tell you that the people who are enthusiastic about SAP aren’t the ones who have to use it.

But then again, even Apple is planning to add SAP to their iPhone and iPad for business. How bad can it be?

  • Save All Paper

This could be a recycling slogan. . .or maybe it’s not.

Despite all the joking, , SAP remains the undisputed leader in ERP software solutions around the world. 

We’re ready to help you learn SAP the right way. We’ve been helping people just like you effectively learn SAP or upgrade your skills since 2000. Find out why individuals and companies alike trust us to train them with the skills they need every day.

And if you have a funny SAP acronym yourself, we’d love to hear it. Simply add it to the comments section below.


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Amy O'Donnell is a staff writer at Michael Management and curates various blog topics. An experienced writer with expertise ranging from writing web copy, blogs, and articles to white papers and case studies, Amy enjoys writing about food on her personal blog the most.
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