Satyam is SAP's 'strategic partner' in Middle East

Friday, 28 March 2008, 14:01 Hrs
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Dubai: Leading Indian IT company Satyam has announced that it has been named the first 'strategic services' partner for European software enterprise SAP in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, an extension of the existing alliance between the two companies.

"The Middle East market is growing substantially and the SAP MENA formation is most appropriately timed," Satyam said in a company statement here Thursday.

The agreement involves the utilisation of Satyam's services to manage over 20 percent of SAP's business in the MENA region under the terms of the 'strategic services', a new region-specific partnership initiative rolled out by the European company.

"Building a vibrant customer-centric ecosystem is key to supporting our customers' business needs in the region," Sergio Maccotta, managing director of SAP's MENA operations, said.

"Satyam is a valued SAP partner and an integral contributor to SAP's global community of innovation," he said.

According to the statement, the partnership focuses on SAP's and Satyam's long-term regional business expansion strategy, which is rooted in SAP's overall value proposition for large-scale global technical implementations across a number of products.

The opportunities in the MENA region, which both companies are seeking to leverage, comprise end-to-end implementations, upgrades, migrations and a host of maintenance services.

As the initiative seeks to cover the entire MENA region, Satyam will be joined by six other companies, which will be selected by SAP from its list of global partners.

In addition to the MENA collaboration, Satyam has also been named SAP's 'national implementation' partner for India, US, Singapore, Japan and Australia-New Zealand.

"Satyam is concentrating on strategic investments and developing various composite solutions on SAP," SAP's director and vice president for testing practice Manish Mehta said in the statement.

"We are focussed on delivering niche domain solutions for our customers thereby further enhancing the value of SAP solutions, and together delivering significant business value to our customers."

Satyam has a strong presence in the MENA region, with over 200 full lifecycle implementations and a team of over 150 associates, offering processes across business consulting, ERP deployment, software development and support to the retail, manufacturing and distribution, telecom, oil and gas, banking and finance, government and airlines sectors, the statement said.
Source: IANS
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