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Author's profile photo Richard Howells

SAP remains the leader in Supply Chain

In late May, Gartner announced its annual “Worldwide Supply Chain Management Softwarenumbers report, for 2012. It was great to see that SAP retained its No. 1 market share position in SCM in 2012, with an 11.6 percent increase in U.S. dollars. In fact Gartner highlighted that “SAP has been the market share leader within the aggregated supply chain market for more than a decade”. 


A decade! To put that into perspective, in May 2004 (when they announced the 2003 numbers):

  • George W. Bush was still President of the United States of America
  • The television sitcoms Friends and Frazer both aired their final episodes
  • Terry Nichols was found guilty of helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing
  • Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-*** marriage
  • The Gosselin Sextuplets were born in Hershey Pennsylvania

A lot has happened in the decade since then, but one thing has remained constant, SAP’s continued innovation and leadership in the Supply Chain space. Therefore, it is also no accident that when Gartner Announced the rankings of its 2013 Supply Chain Top 25 the following week, it was dominated by SAP customers. In fact, based on research by SAP, at least 22 of the Gartner top 25 Supply Chains are SAP and Ariba customers.

As Hans Thalbauer, senior vice president, Line-of-Business Solutions for Supply Chain commented, “ We believe Gartner’s findings demonstrate the strong momentum SAP has in the SCM market, and show that the company is growing exceedingly faster than the overall market and top competitors.” Hans continued, “We feel our market share growth validates the strength of our product innovations, and our involvement in the top 25 supply chains demonstrates high customer demand for our SCM solution offerings.”

Overall, these 2 announcements are a great endorsement on SAP’s long term and ongoing commitment to Supply Chain Management and the customers that we serve. It is great to see both get recognized in such a high profile way. Congratulations to the Gartner Top 25.

Gartner Top 25

  1. Apple
  2. McDonalds
  4. Unilever
  5. Intel
  6. P&G
  7. Cisco Systems
  8. Samsung Electronics
  9. Coca Cola Company
  10. Colgate-Palmolive
  11. Dell
  12. Inditex
  13. Wal-Mart Stores
  14. Nike
  15. Starbucks
  16. PepsiCo
  17. H&M
  18. Caterpillar
  19. 3M
  20. Lenovo Group
  21. Nestle
  22. Ford Motors
  23. Cummins
  24. Qualcomm
  25. Johnson & Johnson

Due to many legal reasons I am not allowed to state the SAP customers. However, I am sure that you may be reading this blog on a device made by some of these companies. You may be even sitting in a vehicle or wearing apparel from others. You may even be eating and drinking food from SAP customers in the top 25, and if you are, don’t forget to brush your teeth!

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Indeed SAP rich functionality and innovation is behind it's consistent success.

      I like your subtle hints on the  organizations running on SAP  🙂

      Author's profile photo Wilian Segatto
      Wilian Segatto

      Go SAP!

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      Former Member

      It is really encouraging to see SAP retaining No 1 market share. As long as SAP continues to drives industry, SAP supply chain professionals would be highly respected.


      Mahboob Rahman