The SAP Resources site offers assistance to Texas State users to identify and perform common functions in SAP. This site centralizes links to online instructions, forms, procedures, and documentation from various departments in the divisions of Information Technology and Finance & Support Services.
SAP was started in Germany in 1972 by five former IBM employees. Their original aim was to provide a way for customers to interact with a common corporate database using a range of applications. This type of system, later known as ERP, or enterprise resource planning, integrates the data from separate areas, or modules, so that the various segments of a business are synchronized and able to share the use of data from a centralized data warehouse. Applications in these modules can serve many departments in an organization, including manufacturing, warehousing, logistics, information technology, accounting, human resources, marketing, and strategic management.
Today, SAP is a world leader in business software, with installations in over 50 countries, millions of users, and clients in virtually every industry. For more information, see the SAP website or research SAP on the web.
SAP at Texas State
Texas State University-San Marcos is the first public higher education institution in Texas to utilize SAP's ERP software. Information Technology joined forces with Finance & Support Services to select and begin implementing SAP in 2002. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of staff from various divisions, the university’s financial systems became operational in September, 2004, followed in December by those in Human Resources. Texas State presently uses SAP for financial accounting, budgeting, grants, payroll, and human resources.