New Ride-Sharing App from SAP Helps Organizations Reduce Costs, Save Resources and Better Engage Employees

New Ride-Sharing App from SAP Helps Organizations Reduce Costs, Save Resources
                         and Better Engage Employees

TwoGo By SAP® is a Cloud-Based, Mobile App That Actively Drives Employees'
Participation in Carpooling to Work

PR Newswire

WALLDORF, Germany, April 29, 2013

WALLDORF, Germany, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The long, solo commutes
endured by many employees are costing them and their organizations in lost
productivity, wasted resources and additional expenses. SAP AG (NYSE: SAP)
today introduced TwoGo by SAP®, which allows companies to effectively engage
their employees in ride-sharing to work. This helps facilitate better
networked and more productive employees. Similarly, companies can reduce costs
for corporate fleets, parking infrastructure and travel expenses. Delivered
over the cloud, TwoGo may be instantly rolled out across organizations,
allowing employees an opportunity to be matched into carpools automatically
and according to their individual preferences. Moreover, TwoGo features unique
capabilities to help drive employee participation in a company's ride-sharing


"TwoGo by SAP is another great example of how our innovations help the world
run better. We've combined our mobile and cloud technologies into a carpooling
solution to help provide immediate economic, environmental and social benefits
to companies and their employees," said Peter Graf, chief sustainability
officer, SAP AG. "As such, we expect TwoGo to not only help people and
businesses save money and greenhouse gas emissions, but to also connect people
more closely with each other and with the company they work for. It has been
designed around employees with one single objective in mind: create the most
effective, intuitive and beautiful experience possible."

Organizations committed to sustainable business practices are concerned with
creating value while mitigating their environmental impact. TwoGo helps
companies meet that goal simply and effectively. For example, the solution
offers cost-efficiency opportunities to companies with corporate fleets, such
as how to minimize maintenance costs and preserve vehicle resale value. It
also supports companies looking for a way to make vanpooling more affordable
and effective by seeking riders to find and regularly fill the van. Finally,
TwoGo helps organizations demonstrate their commitment to sustainability by
reducing carbon emissions and engaging employees in that mission.

For individuals, there are also significant benefits. In very large U.S. urban
areas, the average commuter spends US $16 and 52 minutes going 32 miles round
trip to work each day. TwoGo can help people save money and time. By
carpooling, employees may recoup some of this lost productivity by encouraging
networking and brainstorming on the road. In addition, TwoGo may create a more
networked culture, helping employees to feel better informed and involved with
their peers.

"At Thomas Cook, we see sustainability holistically, which means getting
employees involved to help improve operational efficiency, save energy and cut
waste," said Dr. Julian Clemenz, head of sustainability management, Thomas
Cook Central Europe. "TwoGo by SAP encourages employees to participate in
reaching our goal to create a more sustainable future. As a member of the beta
program and long-time SAP customer, we are happy to work with SAP to develop
an application that helps us meet our sustainability targets, reduce costs for
our company and employees and build a more social, connected company."

To encourage wide-spread employee adoption, TwoGo can be used on various
mobile devices, the Web as well as calendar applications. Once a company
licenses the solution, employees can sign up online and enter ride-sharing
preferences such as proximity, timing to and from work and willingness to
leave the highway to pick up passengers. With some solutions, would-be
carpoolers must go through lists to find the right partner. But with TwoGo,
after preferences are entered, rides are instantly matched and communication
is handled automatically via email or SMS. Moreover, TwoGo employs
sophisticated algorithms designed to ensure that employees do not get stranded
at work. To help locate desirable matches in an easy and clear way, TwoGo is
powered by HERE, Nokia's location cloud, which delivers one of the leading map
and location experiences across multiple screens and operating systems. 

"We are excited to partner with SAP on this new venture that we anticipate
will bring accurate and comprehensive global maps, traffic information and
routing capabilities to enterprise customers," said Christof Hellmis, vice
president of Map Platform, Nokia. "We believe that location will be the new
frontier of technology across industries, and with HERE we aim to provide the
best map functionalities for every use case and customer. TwoGo is a
particularly interesting service as it combines location, mobility and
sustainability in an innovative way. Powered by HERE, TwoGo can be accessible
to commuters everywhere and at any time."

TwoGo is for companies of all sizes. To gain critical mass, organizations can
decide to allow employees to carpool with people working at neighboring
companies that use TwoGo. Unlike current solutions on the market, TwoGo works
with any iCal-compatible corporate calendar application, such as Microsoft
Outlook, Lotus Notes or Google. This enables users to create and change rides
within the context of their daily work schedule. People can decide to use
TwoGo on the Web in English, German, Spanish or French. It accommodates
international time zones, maps and measurement units. The mobile app can also
provide administrators with reports on employees' commuting habits and usage
trends. With an affordable annual subscription rate, it is easy and affordable
for companies to deploy broadly.

Deployed internally at SAP since July 2011, SAP estimates TwoGo has generated
more than US $5 million in value for the company, specifically by helping to:

  oSave costs related to commuting to work; for example, reducing fuel
    consumption and maintenance costs and increasing the resell value of
    company cars
  oAvoid expenses related to employee travel such as reimbursements for fuel,
    limo services or parking
  oIncrease networking among employees by matching employees into carpools
    more than 36,000 times and adding 2,200 additional days of networking time
    among employees
  oReduce greenhouse gas emissions by helping to eliminate 400,000 miles of
    driving and avoid 88 tons of greenhouse gases.

To learn more, watch a video: "Overview: TwoGo by SAP." For more information,
visit the SAP Newsroom.

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