SAPPHIRE® ’06 Announcements from Paris, France

Sydney, AustraliaA summary of the SAPPHIRE ’06 announcements is included below. Geraldine McBride, CEO and Managing Director, SAP Australia and New Zealand, is available to provide a local perspective on the SAPPHIRE news announcements.

SAP to Establish Regional Solutions Centres to Accelerate Development of Industry Solutions for Midsize Enterprises
SAP announced plans to introduce 80 regional solutions centres to expand its portfolio of industry-tailored business management offerings for small and midsized enterprises (SMEs). With strategically located teams in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific, each SME Solution Centre provides a region and market-specific resource, tailored to local industry conditions. Read the press release.

SAP Leads Industry in Driving Customer Evolution to Enterprise SOA
SAP announced it is the first to deliver a services-enabled ERP suite as part of its platform. The SOA appliance will accelerate systems’ transformation by allowing organisations to simultaneously upgrade core ERP functionality and access a pool of composite applications from a central hub. Read the press release.

SAP and Tata Consultancy Services Expand Partnership to Accelerate Customers’ Journey to Enterprise SOA

SAP announced an expanded global partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to deliver customers improved levels of speed, innovation and flexibility. TCS is Asia’s first SAP global services partner and is evidence of both organisations’ commitment to accelerating growth and innovation for businesses worldwide. Read the press release.

SAP Customers Set Strong Pace of ERP Revolution
SAP announced strong customer uptake of its flagship enterprise resource planning appliance, mySAP™ ERP. SAP has helped customers across diverse industry sectors including aviation, facility management, supply chain and logistics, local government and utilities achieve rapid, successful and smooth migration from existing platforms to mySAP™ ERP. Read the press release.

India’s Largest Bank Chooses SAP to Streamline Human Capital Management Worldwide
SAP announced the State Bank of India has selected mySAP™ to automate and integrate its human capital processes as part of an initiative to transform operations and prepare for future growth. The ERP application will help support the bank’s 370,000 employees and retirees, making it one of the largest HCM implementations in the banking industry globally. Read the press release.