SAP Africa Appoints New Head of Education

SAP Africa announced today the appointment of Goutam Dev as its new Head of Education for Africa.

The newly appointed executive has been with the enterprise services company since 2005.

He has held various leadership roles in services, sales, strategy, and general management across a range of geographies.

According to SAP Education, they position themselves as the world’s largest IT education provider and a recognised market leader by successfully delivering customer and partner enablement.

Noteworthy, Dev regards the digital skills gap as one of the top barriers to digital transformation among SAP Africa’s customers and partners.

“As a business, it is our stated objective to help companies with their digital transformation initiatives. By combining SAP’s broad range of knowledge offerings in both a classroom and digital setting, we aim to focus on driving a comprehensive, rapid, and easy-to-consume learning and enablement strategy, which we see as being key to our customers’ success and growth in Africa. Further, by extending the reach of enablement across the continent, we are able to unlock the tremendous growth potential in Africa, which is the largest market for SAP Education in the EMEA region”, says Dev.

Dev has previously served in an executive role as the Chief of Staff to the Office of the SAP Africa CEO where he was tasked with the execution and strategic decisions of the CEO across all lines of business and also across 54 African countries.

This role dawned great responsibility upon Dev for providing advisory services to the business, especially around direction and impact of strategic decisions.

Dev’s expertise include business consulting roles across a broad market and in industries such as Japan, United States, India and the Middle East.

In his role as Head of Education, SAP Africa notes that Dev will continue to drive the strategic investments and growth initiatives on the continent on behalf of SAP.

In conjunction with this, he will support SAP’s transformational initiatives in Africa which entail helping leading enterprises and governments to use SAP’s technological innovations to fuel growth and innovation.

“With the increasing complexity of the business environment, and rapidly evolving technology, tomorrow’s knowledge worker will need the ability to constantly up-skill to meet new business challenges, said interim SAP Africa Managing Director Claas Kuehnemann.

SAP Africa contends that they are confident that the appointment of Goutam Dev will improve the SAP Education software and service portfolio as well as ensure their customers receive maximum return of investment.