Companies Renew Commitment to Help Customers Adopt Flexible IT Infrastructure;
Fujitsu Becomes an SAP Global Services Partner
Tokyo — Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) and SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced an expansion of their longstanding technology partnership in the services area. In support of their commitment to help companies adopt a flexible IT infrastructure that will come from a services-based IT approach, Fujitsu has become a SAP global services partner and the first Japan-based services company to achieve this standard. Fujitsu and SAP will team worldwide to market and deliver SAP’s business applications based on Fujitsu’s cutting-edge, high-reliability platform products and consulting services.
The combined offering will enable companies around the globe to boost competitiveness by optimizing their overall operations. The announcement was made at SAP TechEd’06, SAP’s largest ecosystem education event of the year, being held in Tokyo, Japan, October 5 to 6.
Fujitsu – A New SAP Global Services Partner
Fujitsu joins a select group of the IT market’s largest consultancies to join the “SAP Global Partner – Services” program. Under this program, Fujitsu and SAP will leverage their respective strengths, including Fujitsu’s extensive industry knowledge and service capabilities and SAP’s comprehensive range of enterprise applications, to conduct joint sales promotion programs for mutually agreed upon target regional and industry markets. Fujitsu will expand its corps of SAP consultants to approximately 2,500 worldwide by the end of 2008 to serve prospects and customers on a global scale. In addition, Fujitsu plans to establish a services unit in the Global Fujitsu SAP Competence Center at SAP’s global headquarters in Walldorf, Germany.
“As an SAP global technology partner, Fujitsu has been providing business value to many customers worldwide through our highly reliable IT infrastructure offerings optimized for SAP applications,” said Chiaki Ito, corporate senior executive vice president, Fujitsu Limited. “Now, as an SAP global services partner as well, we are broadening and strengthening the services we provide to customers to deliver end-to-end solutions supporting SAP software installations, from consulting and systems integration to IT infrastructure.”
Fujitsu and SAP Partnership
While the formal partnership between Fujitsu and SAP began in 2000, the roots of the global technology partnership reach back to the founding days of SAP, based on the alliance with Fujitsu Siemens Computers. Through their global technology collaboration, Fujitsu significantly contributed to the successful introduction of “adaptive computing,” a capability of the SAP NetWeaver platform. The capability was brought to the global marketplace as an IT infrastructure by Fujitsu; “FlexFrame for mySAP Business Suite.” (See June 17, 2003 announcement, titled “SAP NetWeaver Slashes Operational TCO with Adaptive Computing Infrastructure.”) In an effort to significantly increase its global footprint as a new global SAP services partner, Fujitsu will provide a compelling end-to-end service and technology offering to SAP customers and prospects.
“This is another important milestone in SAP’s growing relationship with Fujitsu,” said Léo Apotheker, member of the executive board and president of Global Customer Solutions and Operations, SAP AG. “It exemplifies our strong commitment to help businesses around the globe accelerate growth and innovation. We look forward to working with Fujitsu and leveraging its customer-centric approach to ultimately help speed the journey to enterprise SOA for our customers.”
SAP TechEd ’06 in Las Vegas, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Bangalore
More than 5,000 SAP customers, partners and technical community are convening at SAP TechEd ’06 to learn how to transform existing business processes and IT landscapes and take advantage of the power and flexibility of enterprise service-oriented architecture. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, SAP’s largest ecosystem education event of the year offers more than 900 hours of lecture-driven and hands-on sessions. Following a successful event in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 12 – 15, SAP TechEd is being held in Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 5 – 6; Amsterdam, Oct. 18 – 20 and Bangalore, India, Nov. 8 – 10, 2006. For more information, please visit www.sapteched.com.