WALLDORF, Germany, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that it has been ranked by Forrester Research Inc. as a leader in its report "The Forrester Wave™: SAP Services Providers, Q1 2014."* In the evaluation, SAP was cited for working with more clients in newer solutions areas than any other SAP partner. The SAP® Services organization was also cited as "the only provider that has skillsets across all its applications, from the smallest piece of functionality to the most recently developed products to the newest acquisitions." (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110126/AQ34470LOGO) In the report, Forrester reviewed the nine largest SAP services providers in a 31-criteria evaluation. The report scored factors such as experience with next-generation SAP products, vision, marketing, client base and engagements, co-innovation and SAP alliance. According to the report, "SAP Services has thousands of experts in technologies such as [SAP] HANA, SAP Jam, Ariba, SuccessFactors, Syclo, and hybris. Beyond their technology expertise, SAP also has dedicated consulting resources focused on business transformation, process consulting, and design thinking. Overall, SAP services is best-suited toward newer technology and deep technology needs – and often works in conjunction with its ecosystem of services partners." The report also notes, "SAP Services is particularly focused on speeding time to value by productizing repeatable services, mostly through their Rapid Deployment Solutions (RDS), which can be created by SAP or by partners." "With our enormous global scale and close partnership with SAP development teams, SAP Services offers customers unparalleled access to our innovations, such as the SAP HANA platform, cloud and industry-specific solutions, while also influencing future developments aligned to their needs," said Anand Eswaran, executive vice president and head of SAP Services. "Recognition in this report underscores the role we play in helping customers unlock the power of SAP innovations rapidly while delivering tangible business impact and value." SAP Services helps customers transform SAP technology into solutions that address strategic business needs. More than 15,000 innovative consultants, the majority of which have more than 12 years of experience, have supported more than 200,000 customers by offering them start-to-finish guidance and coverage with SAP solutions. On average, SAP Services trains more than half a million individuals each year on how to successfully use SAP systems, and has thousands of consultants specifically for the SAP HANA® platform and mobile and cloud technology. SAP Services delivers innovation via productization and engineering at an elite level to help customers reduce total cost of ownership.