SAPPHIRE: SAP signs global deal with DaimlerChrysler

SAP AG has won a global contract to deliver its e-business software to German-U.S. car maker DaimlerChrysler AG, the software company said Thursday at its Sapphire customers conference and trade show in Lisbon, Portugal.

DaimlerChrysler, which is one of SAP’s largest customers, uses several SAP software products including a financial-management system based on SAP R/3, the company’s core ERP (enterprise resource planning) product, SAP said in a statement. In Germany, the car company is using an travel booking system based on, with plans to extend this service to some 60,000 employees around the world, according to SAP.

“In Germany, we have been able to reduce the number of travel offices from 70 to just one travel centre, reducing our travel expenses by 75 per cent,” said Sue Unger, DaimlerChrysler’s senior vice-president and chief information officer, in a video-taped message.

Another part of the strategic partnership between DaimlerChrysler and SAP involves a new vehicle management system, a tracking-and-tracing application of a mySAP-based template that the car marker is using in its wholesale operations in the Asia Pacific region. “This template helps us better meet the needs of our local partners, as well as streamline our business processes,” Unger said.