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SAP to Drive Growth in China by Spending US$2 Billion
SAP plans to spend around US$2 billion on its growth and innovation strategy in China through 2015. This is in order to underscore its long-term strategic commitment to the world’s second-largest economy. To meet the goals set, focus will be on the following areas: To create solutions, SAP and Sybase will work together closely in China. SAP Labs in China will be the primary innovation center for the development of new solutions tailored to meet country requirements. Growing the business in China and bringing service and support closer to its customers will require a significant increase in market presence, resulting in the hiring of around 2,000 new employees and the opening of five to six new offices across the country by 2015. First steps have already been taken to specifically address the requirements of companies operating in the Chinese market. Here, SAP particularly focuses on nurturing and growing the ecosystem and the needs of small businesses and midsize companies. Building mutually beneficial relationships with both traditional and non-traditional partners will support SAP in exponentially expanding its reach. SAP’s experience in China shows that when the company invests, its local and global partners also invest. “This is an exciting time for SAP China,” says Hera Siu, President, SAP China. “With this increased level of commitment, we are even better positioned to help Chinese enterprises run better.”

SAP and Roland Berger Publish Cloud Study
Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Germany, and SAP have published a new study on cloud computing. Cloud computing – the technology that enables the storing and processing of data in a virtual network rather than in a company’s own IT infrastructure – is triggering far-reaching changes in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. This is because cloud computing promises users and providers drastically reduced costs and new sales potential. For instance, the global sales volume of the cloud economy is slated to grow to approximately US$73 billion by 2015. This makes cloud computing the fastest-growing segment within the ICT industry. European ICT providers can profit greatly from this growth if they launch their own activities and if the European policy makers create the right framework. According to the study, at least 70,000 new jobs could be created in the cloud economy in Europe every year. The strong move toward processing data “in the cloud” is set to generate a new economic ecosystem in the upcoming years. “Cloud computing will represent a real revolution, especially for small businesses and midsize companies,” explains Peter Lorenz, Executive Vice President On-Demand Solutions and Corporate Officer, SAP. Companies will have access to IT architectures that were previously reserved for large enterprises only.

SAP Wins German Corporate Health Award 2011 in the Category Services/IT/Communication and Special Prizes for Culture and Health
Every year, the Corporate Health Award recognizes companies in Germany that have been outstanding in supporting the health and productivity of their employees, thus setting standards across the country. SAP AG received the Corporate Health Award 2011 in recognition of the exemplary way it integrates corporate health into a holistic, innovative HR management strategy. Employee involvement is always high, because SAP’s offers are sustainable and straightforward. “For a leading IT company, a decisive competitive factor is that employees are able to realize their creative and innovative potential to the fullest. SAP has recognized that health and well-being at the workplace are the key to employees’ lasting motivation and ability to perform. Besides offering a wide range of services related to health and personal life balance, SAP focuses on achieving and promoting its unique employee-oriented management and corporate culture. This holistic approach to ensuring a ‘healthy company’ is the basis for sustained success,” says Dr. Natalie Lotzmann, Head of SAP Global Health Management & Diversity Germany.

SAP to acquire leading software provider datango AG
SAP announced its intention to acquire software and relevant assets from datango AG, a leading provider of workforce performance support software. The transaction, scheduled to close during the first quarter of 2012, will broaden the SAP software portfolio in the education space, providing customers with powerful, easy-to-use software tools to help address their end-to-end user training, knowledge management and performance support challenges. The datango solution provides powerful content development, translation and deployment capabilities for electronic training, documentation, and user support. SAP ownership of this asset will enable the company to develop valuable integration with other SAP tools, leading to additional value for SAP customers. Features of datango's Electronic Performance Support (EPSS), including superior object recognition, true re-recording, extensive media support and modest IT requirements, along with existing SAP offerings in the education software space, will help SAP customers to lower their total cost of ownership (TCO), significantly facilitate end-user enablement in a scalable way and accelerate end-user adoption. Headquartered in Berlin, datango was founded in 1999 and holds a long-standing and productive relationship with SAP. In recent years, the datango software has been successfully deployed in the SAP Business ByDesign solution. Together, SAP and datango will capitalize on a trend in education software toward creating applications that contain tools for authors, such as e-collaboration, along with self-help scenarios and auto-teaching functions.