For Release 9 a.m. CET

Sept. 19, 2001

Customers Model Return on Technology Investment Benefits

With Free Online Tool From SAP
mySAP™ Supply Chain Management Value Calculator Can Project Cost Savings
And Assess Value

WALLDORF, Germany — Sept. 19, 2001 — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today launched an innovative, interactive tool designed to let customers and prospects examine benefits, costs and value potential through the implementation of a best-of-breed supply chain management solution. The new online tool, mySAP™ Supply Chain Management (mySAP SCM) Value Calculator, available at the Web site, enables users to assess the strength of their e-business operations and predict how they can realize additional value using integrated supply chain management solutions.

To operate the mySAP SCM Value Calculator, users follow simple steps and answer basic business questions about their company. The mySAP SCM Value Calculator will analyze the data and map the user’s enterprise into one of four Stages of Excellence. Each stage represents a different step in a company’s evolution toward complete supply chain integration, beginning with a collection of disconnected systems and moving toward a fully collaborative e-business. The mySAP SCM Value Calculator is the only tool currently available that allows users to see where they are and how they can continually evolve their supply chain management program.

In addition, the mySAP SCM Value Calculator estimates the total value that the user’s company could realize in a 12-month period by using an integrated supply chain management solution. SAP also provides comparative case studies and success stories of companies that already utilize the mySAP SCM solution and that have realized similar benefits and efficiencies.

"All businesses fall somewhere on the four stages of excellence spectrum — and all can realize tangible results by moving closer to full business process integration through supply chain networking," said Wolfgang Runge, senior vice president of mySAP SCM at SAP AG. "The mySAP SCM Value Calculator was created to assist customers and prospects as they begin their process of evaluating technology solutions by providing quantitative feedback and information about the benefits of supply chain technology solutions, all at their own pace."

Only the mySAP SCM Value Calculator provides results based on benchmarks from The Performance Measurement Group, a subsidiary of PRTM, a management consultancy to technology-driven business. The metrics calculated with the mySAP SCM Value Calculator are based on the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model, co-developed by PRTM and adopted by the Supply Chain Council.

"It is especially critical in this economy that executives focus on increasing their supply chain performance levels while carefully assessing their return on effort," said Jakub Wawszczak, a principal of PRTM. "The mySAP SCM Value Calculator is the only supply chain tool on the market that actually asks questions and correlates responses to industry-standard benchmarks. The calculator empowers an executive to easily conduct a fact-based diagnosis of the company’s overall supply chain capability, focusing on how much value the company will receive from implementing best practices to reach the next stage of supply chain performance."

The calculator was co-developed with Surgency, formerly known as Benchmarking Partners Inc., a leading e-business strategy services firm. Surgency’s consulting and collaborative software accelerates the transformation and market impact of its clients, primarily market leaders among the Global 1000.

The mySAP SCM Value Calculator is the first in a series of online tools developed to help companies gain increased efficiencies in the marketplace. SAP will be adding value calculator tools to the Web site to assist customers and prospects who are evaluating customer relationship management, e-procurement, product life-cycle management and other e-business solutions.

"Customers are looking to solution leaders such as SAP to help them best leverage their technology investments," Runge said. "The mySAP SCM Value Calculator is just one example of how SAP is assisting customers in gaining increased value and return on their e-business solution strategies."

About mySAP Supply Chain Management

mySAP SCM is part of the suite of cross-industry solutions within the® e-business platform that transforms linear supply chains into integrated and adaptive supply chain networks. The solution manages consistent information and process flows across the entire supply chain network, from planning to execution with event management and analysis, enabling companies and their partners to synchronize activities across enterprise boundaries. mySAP SCM also integrates with electronic marketplaces as well as data warehousing, customer relationship management, product life-cycle management and enterprise resource planning solutions.

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About SAP

SAP is the world’s leading provider of e-business software solutions. Through the® e-business platform, people in businesses around the globe are improving relationships with customers and partners, streamlining operations, and achieving significant efficiencies throughout their supply chains. Today, more than 15,000 companies in over 120 countries run more than 36,000 installations of SAP® software. With subsidiaries in over 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP." (Additional information at

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