Infosys embraces SAP Business Suite, powered by HANA

BANGALORE, INDIA: SAP SE today announced that Infosys Limited has gone live with SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. With more than 150,000 users on the system, this is currently the world’s largest single instance of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. The system is deployed on a Hitachi Unified Compute platform for SAP HANA.

SAP Making $150M Australian Government Cloud Push

Germany-based software company SAP is investing AU$150 million (approx. $130 million USD) in Australia in a bid to capture government business. The investment will include a data center to support its HANA enterprise cloud, and the creation of a new facility to be known as the SAP Institute for Digital Government. Both are set to open in the second quarter of 2015. The company does not plan to build the data center itself, but has yet to name a provider.

Infosys goes live with SAP Business Suite

SAP has announced that Infosys Limited has gone live with SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. With more than 150,000 users on the system, this is currently the world’s largest single instance of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. The system is deployed on a Hitachi Unified Compute platform for SAP HANA. With SAP HANA, Infosys expects to accelerate its financial closing processes, progressively move more and more batch activities into a real-time environment and renew the whole user experience with the SAP Fiori user experience.

SAP Australia launches digital services research centre in 2015

Software company SAP is building a research centre in Australia to study government digital services and work for public sector agencies. The Institute for Digital Government will support Australian agencies to develop citizen-centric services and improve business processes, SAP said. The company is also building a data centre in Canberra to help agencies execute on their cloud strategies. The government released a policy in October urging agencies to go cloud-first.

SAP eyes Korean healthcare market

SINGAPORE ― SAP plans to offer more health-oriented devices and services in Korea in cooperation with major Korean technology companies. “I understand healthcare is everywhere. Value proposition is the key point that Korean companies need to consider. I would say many different processes are underway,” said Adaire Fox-Martin, president of SAP’s Asia-Pacific Japan (APJ), in an interview at the company’s Asian headquarters, Sunday.

SAP to open new innovation centre in Singapore by end-2014

SINGAPORE: Software giant SAP will be opening its SAP Innovation Center in the city-state by the end of the year, as it expands its regional footprint in its 25th year in Asia Pacific. The SAP Innovation Center will focus on developing innovations to address areas such as smart cities, healthcare, Industry 4.0 and digital consumers, it said in its press release on Friday (Oct 24).

Two more SAP executives Ritika Suri & Abdul Razack join Vishal Sikka at Infosys

BANGALORE: Two more former colleagues from SAP have joined Vishal Sikka, becoming part of a team that is seen helping him implement a plan to transform Infosys into what the new CEO has described as a “next-generation IT services company.” With the addition of Ritika Suri and Abdul Razack, five senior executives from SAP have switched loyalties to Infosys since August 1, when Sikka took over as the first non-founder CEO of India’s second-largest software company.

Former SAP EVP Michael Reh joins Vishal Sikka at Infosys

BANGALORE: Vishal Sikka has started putting his team in place to help steer Infosys after years of lagging behind, after a former SAP executive vice president joined Infosys as senior vice president on October 1.  Michael Reh, formerly EVP for business information and technology at SAP, will be based out of Hamburg, Germany, and reporting to one of the Executive Vice Presidents at Infosys, ET learns. Infosys currently has 12 EVPs although it is unclear for now what business will Reh be overseeing.

Microsoft, SAP to bring cloud and mobile partnership to India

NEW DELHI: Global tech giants Microsoft and SAP will bring their cloud and mobile partnership to India to help improve cloud and data interoperability and deliver new mobile and productivity to enterprises.  Under the partnership, SAP applications will be available on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.  The partnership will allow Indian enterprises to leverage the flexibility and scalability of Microsoft Azure for their mission critical SAP deployments, a statement said.

Philippine small business reaps gains from SAP Ariba Network connectivity

As user of SAP’s Ariba Networks, a small family owned-business that supplies the Philippines’ seafood industry has reaped gains from its migration from manual process to this B2B trading platform. Among such benefits is its experiencing an 80 percent reduction in late or overdue payments. An SAP AG press statement cited this case as it reported on the success enjoyed by the Manila, Philippines-based Charles Seafood Company, which transitioned from its use of manual process into the use of the SAP Ariba B2B trading platform.

SAP sees strong growth in APJ market in Q2 2014

SAP SE has reported significant second-quarter growth in the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) region. In addition, the enterprise application software company has expanded its cloud business in addition to its core solutions in a bid to strengthen its position as a cloud company. SAP APJ’s strong performance in Q2 was driven by 48 percent year-over-year growth in cloud subscriptions and support revenue and robust on-premise business.

SAP eyes RI’s growing SME customers

The world’s leading enterprises application software company SAP AG (SAP) is targeting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia, an industry it believes will significantly transform into an information and communications technology (ICT) market in the next few years, say the company’s national and regional leaders.

SAP inks LG CNS deal to drive cloud deployments in Korea

SAP has inked a deal in Korea that will see local IT consulting firm, LG CNS, drive deployments of the German software vendor’s cloud platform HANA in the Asian market. Both companies said they are targeting to tap in-memory computing capabilities to offer processes that require batch processing in real-time, reported The Korea Times on Monday. The new partnership will see SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud Center (HEC) set up in LG’s cloud data center located in Busan. The IT consulting vendor is the services subsidiary of LG Group.

SAP to expand Asia datacenter footprint in cloud drive

Having launched three new data centers in Japan and Australia earlier this year, SAP is now targeting to add at least three more in the region and grow its global datacenter footprint to 20 locations by the end of 2014. Such plans are fueled by the company’s goal to deliver all its applications via the cloud and become “the cloud company”, powered by its cloud platform HANA. The German software vendor is also preaching a “run simple” business strategy that includes simplifying its own products, noting that 90 percent of companies fail because of complex IT infrastructures.

SAP says Indian Data Centre on Radar as Government Business Grows

FLORIDA: Enterprise software company SAP may set up a data centre in India as it continues to a greater amount of business from the Indian public sector, APJ head Adaire Fox-Martin said. The German software company has been increasingly targeting the public sector and has been making the investments in localisation to win business in the country.

Former SAP executive Vishal Sikka set to be new CEO of beleaguered Infosys

BANGALORE: Former SAP board member Vishal Sikka is all but certain to be chosen as the new CEO of Infosys, according to two people aware of the company’s plan. The appointment of Sikka, 47, who resigned from the German business software maker early last month, is likely to be announced within the next few weeks.

SAP officials deny job cuts in India as staff get anxious

BANGALORE: Job cuts announced by SAP on Wednesday is unlikely to have an impact on its workforce in India, senior company officials said, even as employees at the enterprise software major get anxious about their jobs. Senior executives at the India unit of Walldorf, Germany-based SAP said jobs cuts are most likely to impact employees in the United States and Europe, adding that the company has been acquiring new office space and hiring people in India.

SAP’s services business is not well known

SAP, the German multinational software giant is an established name for its enterprise class technology solutions, but a lesser known fact about them is their services segment which employs around 15,000 people. SAP services as a business segment of the company is deeply engaged in creating new markets and optimising the value of their software with the customers. Scott Russell, chief operating officer, SAP Asia Pacific Japan, said that the services business is serving as the backbone for the company’s aggressive expansion into the cloud market along with its traditional software offerings, in an interview with PP Thimmaya. Edited excerpts.

AGL IT project worth 10,000 customers a year

AGL has pegged the payback on its early adoption of in-memory analytics at around 10,000 additional customers a year in Victoria. The utility is an early adopter of SAP’s HANA platform, which it has tied into other SAP systems to manage data generated by smart meters in Victoria.  The HANA implementation was performed by a joint team of AGL, SAP and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) staff in Melbourne and Kolkata.,agl-it-project-worth-10000-customers-a-year.aspx

SAP continues to strengthen in Asia Pacific Japan

SINGAPORE: As cloud, mobile, social and big data drive business and technology in new ways, SAP AG continued to gain momentum in Asia Pacific Japan. Customers, especially in emerging markets, see the benefits of replacing legacy systems with new, transformative solutions that can help their business run better, be more efficient and improve customer satisfaction.