In a move that underscores SAP’s commitment to partnering to help its customers adopt enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA), SAP AG and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) today announced an expanded global partnership to enable companies of all sizes to move closer to the promises of improved speed, innovation and flexibility that will come from a services-based IT approach. As part of their renewed focus on assisting companies in implementing a flexible IT infrastructure that supports ongoing change and business processes innovation, TCS has become an SAP global partner for services, the first Asian consulting company to attain this standard. This announcement is another milestone in a growing relationship and provides strong evidence of the close links between the organizations in their commitment to accelerate growth and innovation for businesses around the globe. The announcement was made at SAPPHIRE’06 in Paris.
“Philips is investing heavily in SAP with TCS as our key partner,” said Jan Boll, CEO of Philips Business Application Systems. “The global partnership between SAP and TCS will help us extract the maximum value from our investments as the two companies continue to work closely together.”
TCS – A new SAP Global Services partner
TCS joins a select group of the market’s largest consultancies to join the “SAP Global Partner – Services” program. As a new global services partner, TCS will invest in joint marketing resources and strategic planning with SAP going forward. TCS’ services practice for SAP applications currently employs more than 2,200 people worldwide with significant investments in building composite applications that are powered by the SAP NetWeaver platform. The company is strengthening its field teams serving SAP customers globally and also is building competencies through investment in 20,000 training days over the next two years.
“Strong partnerships and engagement models are key to helping our customers adopt enterprise SOA,” said Léo Apotheker, president and member of the executive board, SAP. “SAP works closely with its services partners to jointly develop solutions that address changing business needs. TCS is a leading systems integrator and application services partner for enterprises globally. Its domain, technology and global implementation capabilities, which leverages its Network Delivery Model, opens new opportunities to address customer needs and the organization’s proven track record is something we look forward to leveraging across the globe.”
Support for SAP in strategic industries and markets
Drawing upon its familiarity in implementing SAP applications, TCS is actively working with SAP to develop a variety of services that address specific customer pain points across many different industries and markets. As an SAP global services partner, TCS collaborates with SAP and many of its independent software vendor (ISV) partners to develop and market specific solutions and services for the hospitality industry globally. TCS will also serve as a source of international deployment of SAP Business One to subsidiaries of corporate enterprises and apply its expertise in manufacturing to implement adaptive manufacturing solutions for customers worldwide. In addition, TCS has signed up for the “BPO Services Powered by SAP” program and is building a platform to provide human capital management (HCM) business process outsourcing (BPO) services that are based on mySAP ERP.
“Tata Consultancy Services sees tremendous opportunity to help customers in the adoption of enterprise SOA for growth,” said N. Chandrasekaran, head of Global Sales and Operations, Tata Consultancy Services. “This global partnership will also help drive customer upgrades to mySAP ERP in target verticals, using TCS’ innovation labs to build and showcase solution accelerators and composites. We are also pleased to announce that we are now a member of the Enterprise Services Community and already have some of our assets in government and manufacturing verticals on the SAP NetWeaver platform.”