MADRID, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Since launching its cloud strategy at SAPPHIRE® NOW from Orlando in May 2012, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) has infused the cloud DNA of SuccessFactors, an SAP company, into its cloud business to create the most comprehensive portfolio of cloud solutions in the industry. SAP offers 20 solutions and suites in the cloud, designed to optimize a company's most critical assets — people, finances, customers and suppliers. As an integral part of SAP's cloud strategy — together with platform, social and the business network — today, SAP cloud solutions are generating an annual US$1billion revenue run rate, have a 14-fold billings growth rate and boast 20 million users across more than 6,000 customers in the cloud. The announcement was made at SAPPHIRE® NOW + SAP® TechEd, being held as a co-located event in Madrid from November 13-16. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110126/AQ34470LOGO) "We are passionate about delivering beautiful, robust and reliable cloud applications that work the way our customers do," said Lars Dalgaard, member of the SAP Executive Board. "I announced our cloud strategy acceleration six months ago and since then the response and traction we've seen in the market has been monumental. SuccessFactors grew by 92 percent year over year, SAP Business ByDesign subscription billings at 300 percent year over year, companies are embracing SAP Jam as a productivity tool with more than 8 million users. And we're just getting started. There is so much more to come as we continue to innovate across our cloud portfolio, applying user and mobile-first design principles, to meet our customers' business needs — and most importantly delight our customers' end users." Line-of-business applications running on SAP Cloud together with the suite solutions — SAP Business ByDesign® and SAP® Business One OnDemand — are empowering people through a consumer-grade user experience, purposeful collaboration and insightful analytics for managers across all areas of the business. Today, SAP announced examples of the significant sales and development momentum across the entire suite of cloud solutions. Employee Central: The Only Core HR Solution in the Cloud "Glocalized" for Today's Businesses Leveraging the extensive in-country experts of SAP, SuccessFactors is going beyond high-level globalization to deliver an unprecedented "glocalized" core human resources (HR) cloud solution that makes it easy to do business globally. SuccessFactors Employee Central is the foundation of the Business Execution (BizX) suite. It is the only cloud core HR solution today glocalized in 10 countries — Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and U.S. The glocalized approach is planned to expand to more than 50 countries. With Employee Central, customers can access and manage one global system of record, fine-tuned to meet local needs, better accelerating global business results. Sonova Group, a leading provider of hearing healthcare solutions, is growing rapidly with a global presence in 90 countries. The company has quadrupled its size in the last four years and needed a single integrated global platform to support innovation, synergy and growth. "We were impressed with the performance of SuccessFactors as well as its ease of use," said Carine Brändle, systems and process specialist, corporate HRM, Sonova Group. "The look and feel is very intuitive, which is important from a usability and adoption perspective. With SuccessFactors, we're able to manage our full workforce, across more than 90 countries with Employee Central and the BizX suite. Rather than spending months pulling together disparate Excel spreadsheets, we can now gather critical data in a matter of minutes. We also have greater visibility into core aspects of our existing workforce, a good audit trail on our recruitment of new hires and have the strategic insight required to carefully plan and scale for growth."