SAP Announces SAP India Summit ‘04

SAP Summit ‘04 to focus on showcasing

BANGALORE, IndiaSAP India, the leading provider of business software solutions, today announced the SAP Summit ’04 to provide a platform for senior executives, business managers, and decision-makers to come together to explore innovative business solutions. Focusing on the theme ‘Growth through Innovation’, the two-day summit will be held on July 7-8, 2004 at the Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai.

The Summit, organized by SAP for the first time in the Indian sub-continent, will feature industry-specific sessions with a broad range of informative presentations, demos and panel discussions. Besides showcasing SAP’s technology solutions for specific industries, participants will also get an opportunity to interact with and learn from customers who will share their success stories on achieving growth through innovation.

The Summit is expected to attract between 800-1000 delegates, including customers, partners and members of the SAP community across the Indian subcontinent.

Leading industry experts and senior executives from SAP will deliver keynotes at the Summit. Some of the speakers include Hans Peter Klaey, President & CEO SAP Asia; Alan Sedghi, President and Managing Director for SAP India Subcontinent; Anand Mahindra, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited; Lior Arussy, Founder and President, Strativity Inc. and Simon Dale, VP, mySAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver, SAP Asia.

Announcing the SAP Summit ‘04, Mr. Alan Sedghi, President and Managing Director, SAP India, said, “SAP believes in enabling innovation by turning new concepts and ideas into real business benefits for our customers – economically and technologically. To translate new ways of doing business into affordable business solutions require the optimal combination of the latest technology with a sound understanding of customers’ business requirements. Through the SAP Summit ‘04, organizations will be able to explore innovative business solutions that enable growth.”

Commenting on the SAP Summit ‘04, Mr. Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, said, “For businesses to achieve growth in today’s highly competitive environment, they need to innovate and quickly turn ideas into tangible business results. This can be achieved only through the right combination of technology and business. SAP Summit ‘04 provides a platform for technology and business to interact. This enables enterprises to understand the possibilities offered by the latest technology tools and enables technology vendors to design innovative technology solutions, after understanding business needs.”

Mr. Balu Doraisamy, Managing Director, Hewlett Packard India, said, “In today’s tough economic climate, companies in a wide variety of industries are concerned about increasing their return on IT. Enterprises are seeking to do more with less, and IT managers must evaluate how well their operations enable the adaptive enterprise. IT must be clearly aligned with business requirements and able to support the agility that drives success and sustains competitive advantage. HP sees SAP Summit ‘04 as a platform for enterprises to understand the possibilities of adopting the latest technologies and also giving HP an opportunity to continue to understand the needs of enterprises and showcasing our expertise.”

Speaking on the Summit, Mr. A. S. Viswanathan – Executive Director, Siemens Information Systems Ltd., said, “The long and successful partnering between SISL and SAP is what an effective business relationship is all about. The SISL and SAP partnership has established new ground and initiated several path breaking measures with the objective of giving customers real benefits. This association extends from product marketing, implementation services, training to support and maintenance services. Over the previous decade, large organizations have implemented SAP solutions and this trend is now extending to SMBs. The SAP Summit ‘04 will help this new growth segment realize the potential for improved efficiency and savings through optimum business processes. The Summit will also help to reinforce in existing SAP customers the business benefits of adopting new dimension products from SAP.”

Speaking on the Summit, Mr. N. Chandrasekaran, Head – Global Operations, Tata Consultancy Services, said, “We have an excellent business relationship with SAP, and are proud to be associated with them for the Summit. We hope this platform would help organizations in the Indian sub-continent align their IT investments to the global trends.”

Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik, Managing Director, Sun Microsystems India Private Limited, said, “The tight integration of Sun innovation, Java technology, and SAP solutions is a key benefit of the strategic global alliance, and the SAP Summit ‘04 provides the right platform to showcase this association. Since its inception, Sun’s vision and single purpose is to provide the building blocks of an open, standards-based, secure global network. We see the SAP Summit ‘04 as a means to helping our customers build mission critical applications to run their business needs.”

Mr. Abraham Thomas, Managing Director, IBM India, said, “The next big thing in technology isn’t technology itself, but a better way to make it work. The shifts in the marketplace today need organizations to focus on increasing business value, be more responsive to changing customer needs and increase speed to market with new offerings. Forums like the SAP Summit ‘04 offer us an opportunity to understand how organizations are looking at becoming more agile businesses by optimizing their Information Technology infrastructure.”

Mr. Amar Babu, Director – Sales & Marketing, Intel Technology (I) Pvt. Ltd., said, “Intel is dedicated to bringing the latest and the best innovations to the market. More and more companies are recognizing the need to modernize their organization with the latest technological advances to keep up with the ever changing and dynamic business environment. This summit organized by SAP will provide a platform for senior executives, business managers, and decision-makers to come together to explore open and innovative business solutions.”