WALLDORF, Germany, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced plans to acquire SmartOps, a leading provider of inventory and service-level optimization software solutions. The acquisition paves the way for SAP to develop "real-time supply chain" software solutions, leveraging the SAP HANA® platform, which empowers customers to run their businesses in real time — to analyze, predict, react and adjust instantly. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110126/AQ34470LOGO) SmartOps provides key operating parameters and targets for supply chain management (SCM) planning. The company's solutions coordinate capacity, inventory, demand, lead time and product availability variables that enable customers to optimize inventory and service levels, freeing up working capital for innovation and growth. SmartOps and SAP have a longstanding relationship, jointly delivering best-in-class supply chain solutions to many large enterprise customers. Realizing the Real-Time Supply ChainCompanies around the world are facing the issues of volatile markets and growing logistics complexity. Winning in this environment requires an excellent understanding of the demand for your products and a most efficient supply network. This requires continuous work on the Sales and Operation plans, which consider revenue and profitability right away. Core and center of the Sales and Operations plan is to ensure highest customer satisfaction and lowest inventory levels. To reduce the demand uncertainty, better predictability and increased short term forecast accuracy is needed. Only this will keep inventory as low as possible during day to day operations. SmartOps has developed large-scale, "stochastic" algorithms that take the uncertainty and risk out of SCM processes. These algorithms use predictive analytics to help manage global distribution networks and vast, multi-stage supply chains. Such solutions would be significantly enhanced by SAP HANA, allowing for processing of high volumes of data in real time. It also would complement and expand existing SCM sales and operations offerings from SAP, such as the SAP® Sales and Operations Planning analytic application powered by SAP HANA, the SAP® Demand Signal Management application powered by SAP HANA and the SAP® Advanced Planning & Optimization (SAP APO) component, paving the way for "real-time supply chain" solution. The two companies intend to provide current customers the same, or increased, levels of support without disruption to their existing systems.