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SAP names Wipro elite global partner

SAP inducts Wipro into the top rung of its business partners, placing it in a select global league of companies that includes IBM, Accenture and TCS, reports Narayanan Madhavan.

business Updated: Aug 28, 2007 23:34 IST
Narayanan Madhavan

The world’s biggest business software company, SAP AG of Germany, on Tuesday inducted Wipro into the top rung of its business partners, placing it in a select global league of companies that includes IBM, Accenture and the only other Indian company in the club, Tata Consultancy Services.

Infosys and Satyam Computers are also among partners for SAP in the business of customising and implementing for corporate customers its software that helps companies efficiently manage finances, raw materials, inventories, manufacturing, sales, customer relations and human resources.

SAP’s Chief Executive Officer Henning Kagermann and deputy CEO Apotheker anointed Wipro as they met customers and partners during an event in Delhi aimed at boosting market presence in India, where SAP is investing $ 1.0 billion (Rs. 4,000 crore) to boost software development, marketing and partners.

SAP is betting on India in a big way. It has customers like the Tata Group, the Mahindras, NTPC and Indian Oil, but is wooing small and medium businesses increasingly. Its customer base is expected to double to 2,000 in the current year from 1,000 two years ago.

Wipro has been named ‘global service partner’ based on a categorisation of partners for SAP based on criteria including capabilities, scope of relationship and partnership record.

“It is a very exclusive club,” Apotheker told a news conference.

SAP, which had revenues of 9 billion euros in 2006, mainly competes with US-based Oracle in the “enterprise resource planning” segment.

SAP has about 200 partners in India, many of specialising in either technologies or specific knowledge of industries and processes which are used to customise and roll out software that helps clients connect dealers, employees, administrative departments and factories to save costs and improve efficiency.

SAP elevated India as a “strategic hub”in 2006, and also has in the country more than 42,00 employees, most of them in Bangalore where it has a key product development and technical support centre. The Indian force is its third largest in the world. SAP employs 42,000 people worldwide.

SAP has about 200 partners in India, many of them specializing in either technologies or specific knowledge of industries and processes which are used to customise and roll out software that helps clients connect dealers, employees, administrative departments and factories to save costs and improve efficiency.

SAP elevated India as a "strategic hub" in 2006, and also has in the country more than 42,00 employees, most of them in Bangalore where it has a key product development and technical support centre. The Indian force is its third largest in the world. SAP employs 42,000 people worldwide.