Founded in 1972, SAP is the global leader in software and software-related services for enterprise applications with regard to the revenue (total revenue in 2017: nearly €24 billion). Based on market capitalization, SAP is the third largest independent software company in the world. Over 400,000 customers rely on the solutions offered by SAP.
SAP is constantly growing. The software group founded in Walldorf near Heidelberg needs talented employees in order to maintain the rapid pace of further development. And this is exactly the kind of talent that other IT companies are looking for. For years, SAP has focused on employee satisfaction in numerous initiatives. After all, "Happy employees are the key to corporate success," says Thomas Saueressig, Chief Information Officer at SAP.
One of the initiatives revolves around the employees' digital workplace. Clear objective of these efforts driven by the SAP IT organization: To be up-to-date at all times and to be able to offer a modern workplace – and not to restrict colleagues with regard to the place of work. In addition, digital collaboration tools are particularly popular due to the extremely widely distributed workforce: Over 93,000 Group employees work in over 130 countries, with development taking place in more than 100 development centres.
SAP gives its employees complete freedom of choice when it comes to operating systems, among other things. In addition to Windows machines, computers with Apple macOS account for just over ten percent of the desktop landscape. Those responsible are similarly open-minded regarding the application software provided: Through an extensive software catalogue, the IT department offers every tool desired by the employees, as long as it complies with the Group's security and data protection guidelines. "It's not up to us to decide which tool is best. Instead, depending on the requirements of the employees or teams concerned, the most suitable tool will prevail," says Saueressig.