Taoiseach Enda Kenny announces the creation of 250 new jobs by SAP with a €110M investment at its Dublin and Galway facilities

Leading global software company gears up for innovations in cloud computing, mobile applications and database technology

DublinTaoiseach Enda Kenny today (Thursday, May 3rd, 2012) announced that SAP, the largest software company in Europe, is investing €110M to create 250 new jobs at its Dublin and Galway facilities. SAP plans to create 150 jobs within its services, sales and global support functions at Citywest in Dublin, additionally, 100 jobs will be located at SAP’s Galway facility, providing additional resources for its newly created Cloud Services & Support Centre. Both projects are supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Making the announcement, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD said, “The decision by SAP to create 250 new, high-quality jobs in Dublin and Galway is most welcome news and contributes to Ireland’s growing reputation as a global hub for the digital industry. SAP is the largest software company in Europe and the third largest software company in the world and its decision to further expand its Irish operations demonstrates the real value of an economically stable business environment and Ireland’s position in Europe when it comes to attracting the overseas operations of major technology companies like SAP. I wish SAP every success with both these expansions and offer the continued support of the Irish Government into the future.”

Liam Ryan, managing director at SAP Ireland said, “SAP’s Irish operations have been highly successful since we first established a facility here in 1997. We now employ 1,200 people between our Dublin and Galway operations and as a result of the expansions being announced today will add a further 250 people to our staff here over the next three years. Today’s announcement is all about gearing SAP up for the company’s next wave of technology innovation to meet business needs in the areas of cloud computing, mobile applications and high performing database technology. Ireland has provided SAP with a highly-skilled and innovative workforce and I would like to express my gratitude to all our staff and management here along with the Irish Government and IDA Ireland for the significant role they all play in making SAP Ireland a success.”

Welcoming the announcement, Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland said, “SAP is a key player in the cluster of world-leading technology companies based in Ireland. 70% of the world economy’s transactions touch a SAP system in some way, shape or form and the company’s investment in services, sales and support activities in Galway and Dublin will build considerable new capabilities in their respective teams. This expansion drive will help support major growth in customer demand in the emerging technology areas of cloud computing, mobile applications and high performing database technology. IDA Ireland has worked closely with SAP since the original decision to establish operations in Ireland in 1997. I would like to congratulate Liam Ryan and his team on the excellent progress they have made in Ireland. Today’s expansion in Galway and Dublin is a great tribute to the capability, commitment and professionalism of the Irish workforce and I wish SAP continued success with their operations in Ireland.”

Among the 250 new jobs announced today are a variety of positions requiring people with various skillsets and qualifications in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Maths, Information Systems, Languages, Business & Sales. To learn more about the vacancies, please visit the SAP careers website at: www.sap.com/careers/Ireland.

About SAP
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organisations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 190,000 customers (includes customers from the acquisition of SuccessFactors) to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.

SAP in Ireland
SAP’s operations in Ireland began on April 1st 1997 with the opening of its first office in Dublin. Fifteen years on, SAP now has three office locations in Ireland, employing up to 1,200 people, which are spread across sites in Dublin and Galway supporting SAP and BusinessObjects product lines.
The Dublin based organisation focuses mainly on the provision of Services and Support for SAP’s large customer base in EMEA and the US, along with Financial Shared Services and Sales functions. It also provides internal IT support and hosts a Quality Engineering group focused on testing of Application and Technology releases. SAP’s operation in Dublin is also home to SAP BusinessObjects’ Research and Development Centre, which develops innovative applications for Business Analytics.
SAP’s operation in Galway is a multilingual Service and Support centre for SAP’s SME and Multinational enterprise sectors. It has groups involved in Support, Cloud Services, Technical Writing, E-Learning, Translations, License Auditing and Partner Services. It covers 29 languages and has colleagues from 35 nationalities.

  • SAP Ireland empowers many of Ireland’s leading enterprises including Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland, CIE, Eircom, Elan, Glanbia, Guinness, Irish Distillers, and Ryanair
  • 30,000 people in Ireland log onto a SAP installation every day
  • From 40 customers in 1997 when SAP Ireland began, there are now over 240 customers
  • Some seven out of the top 10 Irish plc companies use SAP solutions
  • SAP in Ireland have customer users ranging from a user base of 4 to 12,000

IDA Ireland
Antoinette Tyrrell, Press Officer, Tel: +353 (0) 1 603 4256, Mob: +353 (0) 87 7572053

Taoiseach’s Office
Andrew Payne, +353 87 253 1675

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