SAP reorganises into three business groups

German ERP (enterprise resource planning) software vendor SAP AG is reorganising its software division into three separate units, a spokesman confirmed yesterday.

"This will make our research and development department more customer oriented," said the spokesman, who asked not to be named.

According to the spokesman, the software division will be divided into three business units: new development, maintenance, and product enhancement, and will not affect any jobs.

The spokesman denied that the restructuring had anything to do with comments made by SAP's chief executive officer Hasso Plattner at the company's customer conference in Berlin last month. At the conference, Plattner acknowledged that SAP would be working with partner companies to add depth to its suite.

"A move like this is quite normal, we are a very large company," the spokesman said.

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