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The world's leading provider of run-the-business software gained even more clout in 2005, thanks in part to the market chaos unleashed by rival Oracle's acquisition of PeopleSoft. SAP now counts more than 27,000 major customers in 120 countries who run some 91,500 installations of its software.

Now SAP is pushing into the market for so-called middleware -- software that ties together programs from many different suppliers. In May, SAP scored an impressive endorsement: Cisco Systems, Intel, and EMC, among others, agreed to deliver new products that work closely with the company's middleware. At the same time, SAP is trying to dive deeper into small and medium-sized businesses by offering simpler and less expensive packages. But the company faces stiff competition there from the likes of Microsoft.

Company Info

Revenues* $9.7 BILLION
Revenue Growth 8.9%
Return on Equity 27.8%
Total Return3.0%
Profits* $1.7 BILLION
All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.

* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.

Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek

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Company Snapshot

SAP AG engages in the development, marketing, sale, and support of enterprise application software products for corporations, governmental agencies, and educational institutions worldwide. Its mySAP Business Suite enables companies to manage value chain across business networks. In addition, SAP provides consulting, custom development, education, hosting, and support services. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Walldorf, Germany.

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Henning  Kagermann

Henning Kagermann


Henning Kagermann has been Chief Executive Officer of SAP AG since May 2003 the Chairman of Executive Board since 1991.He is also a member in the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG, DaimlerChrysler Services AG, and Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG. Mr. Kagermann studied mathematics and physics in Braunschweig and Munich, he became a university lecturer (Professor) in 1980 and professor at the Technical University of Braunschweig.