Wipro to Open SAP Partner Research Center in India and Becomes SAP Global Services Partner
SAP to Engage with Wipro to Help Improve Education in India
New Delhi, India — In an effort to accelerate growth and innovation for businesses around the globe, the Global IT Services Division of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT), and SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced an expansion of their existing partnership aimed at enhancing development and implementation of best-in-class solutions, as well as collaborating in a corporate social responsibility study for education in India based on both companies’ best practices models. As part of the agreement, Wipro will become an SAP global services partner and will establish a solutions lab in Bangalore to showcase the benefits of enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA), industry best practices and innovative service-delivery models.
Wipro – A New SAP Global Services Partner
As an SAP global services partner, Wipro joins a select group of large consultancies. Wipro will invest further in joint marketing resources and strategic planning to support the growth with SAP and to serve global customers and prospects. Wipro and SAP will leverage their respective strengths – including Wipro’s in-depth industry knowledge and implementation skills and SAP’s comprehensive range of enterprise applications – to jointly conduct sales promotion programs for mutually agreed upon regional and industry markets.
“We have established a strong reputation for delivering high-quality solutions to large, small and midsize enterprises, and for providing competencies for SAP applications,” said Suresh Vaswani, president, IT practices, Wipro Technologies. “Becoming an SAP global services partner provides increased opportunities for Wipro to collaborate with SAP to help businesses around the globe adopt a services-based IT approach. Today’s announcement underscores Wipro’s dedication to expand its SAP applications-based services practice worldwide and to add new dimensions to our already very strong relationship with SAP. Together, we will also demonstrate our commitment to education, which is the basis of grooming tomorrow’s innovators.”
“Wipro has excelled as a member of our ecosystem by providing high-quality products, solutions and services to customers,” said Léo Apotheker, deputy CEO and executive board member, SAP AG. “By expanding our existing partnership to have Wipro become an SAP global services partner – a category reserved for a select group of global organizations that deliver exceptional value and innovation to customers – we are providing a long-term and strategic approach to bringing the value of enterprise SOA to our customers.”
Establishing an SAP Solutions Lab in Bangalore
In an effort to help customers define their IT roadmaps, Wipro is engaging with SAP to establish a state-of-the-art SAP solutions lab, at the company’s Electronic City Facility in Bangalore, India. The new lab will provide customers with the opportunity to test the adoption of enterprise SOA and showcase innovative joint solutions. Continuing SAP’s mission to fuel a partner ecosystem of innovation, the lab is intended to also leverage the model from the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Palo Alto, California to advance enterprise software solutions for customers in India.
Partnership in Community Initiatives
For more than six years, Wipro has been engaged in the area of education through the Wipro “Applying Thought in Schools” program. Today, Wipro’s network includes nearly 30 partner organizations and is focused on engaging with the education system in India to understand the elements of quality education practices and catalyze the process of systemic education reform. The engagement between Wipro and SAP will help both organizations leverage their learnings from Wipro’s Applying Thought in Schools program and SAP’s Africa Drive Project (ADP). The objective of this initiative is to share best practices and to identify potential partnerships with local governments in specific projects that will further the cause of quality education in India. This engagement will be a learning process for both companies to understand quality education in the context of emerging economies.
To learn more about the Wipro and SAP relationship on the SAP Technology Tour 2007, please visit http://www.sap.com/company/events/technologytour2007/index.epx.
Wipro Technologies, a division of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT), is the first PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified IT Services organization globally. Wipro Technologies was recently assessed at Level 5 for CMMI V 1.2 across offshore and onsite development centers. Wipro is one of the largest product engineering and support service providers worldwide. Wipro provides comprehensive research and development services, IT solutions and services, including systems integration, information systems outsourcing, package implementation, software application development and maintenance services to corporations globally.
In the Indian market, Wipro is a leader in providing IT solutions and services for the corporate segment in India, offering system integration, network integration, software solutions and IT services. Wipro also has a profitable presence in the niche market segments of consumer products and lighting. In the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets, Wipro provides IT solutions and services for global corporations. Wipro’s ADS’ are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its equity shares are listed in India on the Stock Exchange – Mumbai, and the National Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit the company’s websites at www.wipro.com, http://www.wiprocorporate.com
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