SAP looks to boost company productivity with new suite

SAP AG is rolling out a productivity management application that it claims will help users throughout a company rapidly share pertinent data, boost productivity, simplify collaborative processes and deliver a quick return on investment.

The Walldorf, Germany-based maker of enterprise business applications yesterday announced its Employee Productivity Suite and said it integrates a number of self-service management and productivity enhancement functions into one offering for use across a company.

Using a browser, anyone can rapidly access role-based views of data from across different applications and processes, which lets employees synchronize their activities with general business goals, speed up decision-making and make their time more profitable, the company said.

Sami Hero, a vice president of product marketing at SAP, said the biggest hindrance to employee productivity is often that job descriptions or memos don't connect to day-to-day business goals. Now, workers can log onto the Employee Productivity Suite and the first page tells them what is critical to complete for that day to meet their personal goals.

Different users are assigned the roles most appropriate for them. For instance, a company executive can get a high-level view of operations in his company and develop strategy, or monitor projects and manage training, benefits and commissions. Field service managers can rely on the suite to check service orders and organize work schedules.

Although SAP has already enabled employee management through its human resource and financial business information systems, the new Employee Productivity Suite offers customers a relatively simple-to-install, stand-alone product. In addition to using SAP financial and human resource applications, the product draws on existing SAP technology such as mySAP Customer Relationship Management, Business Intelligence and Enterprise Portal applications, the company said.

SAP isn't the only enterprise resource planning software company in this arena. PeopleSoft Inc. in Pleasanton, Calif., already offers a line of so-called "human capital management" products, which can measure employee productivity and help ensure that employees in a global, distributed workforce are adhering to company goals and processes.

The SAP Employee Productivity Suite is available now. Pricing hasn't been disclosed.

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