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Munich Airport International Generates 182 Percent Return on Investment Using SAP NetWeaver® Business Intelligence


SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence Centralizes Planning Processes and Aligns Organizational Goals to Fuel Profitable Growth and Increase Competitiveness

HANOVER, Germany - March 13, 2006 - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that Munich Airport International, Germany’s second-largest airport, has measured a 182 percent return on its investment in SAP NetWeaver® Business Intelligence (SAP NetWeaver BI) over five years and has saved nearly EUR 1.8 million in planning costs. SAP NetWeaver BI, a key component of the SAP NetWeaver platform, provides a centralized, integrated business planning system aligning organizational goals to fuel profitable growth and increase competitiveness. Recently, Munich Airport International reported new records in 2005—returning to profitability and posting new records in traffic results, with passenger figures up 7 percent to 28.6 million. The announcement was made at CeBIT, being held in Hanover, Germany, March 9-15.

In 2001, Munich Airport’s management team determined that the company needed a powerful foundation for its planning processes to manage and fuel the airport’s rapid growth and continue improving its competitive position. The goal was to integrate planning procedures and related planning data across all of its business units, including aircraft and ground handling, retail and services and real estate management. Additionally, the company needed a way to ensure long-term plans and overall strategic business objectives were reflected in the measurable figures and targets for individual business units.

“Clearly our results speak volumes for the improved short- and long-term planning processes of the company,” said Robert Kartner, Enterprise Planning, Munich Airport International. “With SAP NetWeaver BI, business planning is a simple and painless process. The flexibility and intuitiveness of the system has facilitated widespread user adoption—which is critical to generating long-term value from the system.”

The ROI measurement was calculated based on allocated costs and strictly tangible benefits. Key cost drivers were costs for hardware and software, including maintenance, as well as implementation and training costs. Prime tangle benefits resulted from significant reductions in manual consolidation processes as well as the retirement of various disparate planning tools.

Since deploying SAP NetWeaver—on time and within budget—Munich Airport International has also witnessed its planning processes become faster, more efficient and more transparent across the company, helping the airport achieve its strategic business objectives. Additionally, centralizing data from SAP systems as well as non-SAP systems with SAP NetWeaver BI has enabled Munich Airport to leverage and maximize existing investments.

In October 2001, Munich Airport deployed the planning and simulation functionality of SAP NetWeaver BI and in July 2002 the airport implemented an enterprise-wide short-term planning system, including profit-and-loss statement functionality. In December 2002, the airport deployed the internal activity-allocation function in each of its business areas. By 2003, Munich Airport had implemented medium- to long-term planning, investment-management and human resources functions. Working in close partnership with SAP, IDS Scheer AG helped deploy the short-term planning functionality, while BearingPoint assisted with the long-term planning functions.

“Business intelligence is no longer just a priority for CIOs who want to integrate information across business units and generate greater value from existing investments—it is also now a critical management tool helping CEOs respond to rapidly changing market conditions and increase competitive advantage,” said Nimish Mehta, senior vice president, Enterprise Information Management, SAP. “SAP NetWeaver BI addresses both sets of needs within the context of business processes, enabling CIOs to turn massive amounts of disparate data into meaningful business information while providing CEOs with a clearer picture of the state of the business. Munich Airport International is a perfect example of a company maximizing technology to achieve both CIO and CEO goals.”

SAP NetWeaver helps companies align IT with business requirements, allowing companies to compose new business solutions rapidly while obtaining more business value from existing IT investments. As the foundation for enterprise services architecture (ESA), SAP NetWeaver helps organizations evolve their current IT landscapes into strategic environments that drive business change. ESA is SAP’s blueprint for a business process-driven approach to more productivity, flexibility and competitive advantage using a services-oriented infrastructure.

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