SAP has announced plans to acquire multi-echelon inventory optimization technology provider SmartOps.

According to the announcement, SAP has plans to leverage SmartOps utilizing the SAP HANA platform. The announcement further indicates an intent to enhance both the SAP Sales and Operations Planning Powered by HANA application and the SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization (APO) application. SmartOps has been a long time preferred partner of SAP for supply chain inventory optimization requirements and thus this announcement in a natural progression of that partnership.

As part of this acquisition, existing SmartOps employees will join SAP.  The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2013, which is a good indicator that talks were already in an advanced stage.

Supply Chain Matters will provide a deeper dive into the implications of this announcement when additional information comes forward.

Bob Ferrari