FSC and SAP sign global agreement

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By  Published  October 13, 2006

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) and SAP have announced a global agreement to market and deliver their respective business applications, platform products and consulting services in partnership.

Under the terms of the agreement, which was announced at SAP’s TechEd’06 event in Tokyo, Japan this month, FSC will become an SAP global services partner — the first Japan-based services firm to gain this title — and the two companies will work together to support their joint aim of encouraging companies to adopt an IT infrastructure based on an IT services approach or service-orientated architecture (SOA).

SOA is made up of a set of linked repeatable business tasks, which are self-contained, and reusable software modules that are independent of applications and the computing platforms on which they run.

Both firms believe that SOA is the technology of the future for enterprises.

Earlier this year SAP announced the availability of mySAP ERP 2005 — the latest version of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) application — which is based on a SOA platform and which it believed would pave the way for wide-spread adoption of enterprise SOA.

SAP and FSC will conduct joint-sales promotion programmes for key regional and industrial sectors and Fujitsu will expand its headcount of SAP consultants to 2,500 worldwide by the end of 2008.

“As an SAP global technology partner, Fujitsu has been providing business value to many customers worldwide through our highly reliable IT infrastructure offerings optimised by SAP applications,” said Chiaki Ito, corporate senior executive vice president, FSC.

“Now, as an SAP global services partner as well, we are broadening and strengthening the services we provide to customers to deliver end to end solutions supporting SAP software installations, from consulting and systems integration to IT infrastructure,” added Ito.

The two companies have a long-standing working relationship with FSC having worked on the technology behind SAP’s NetWeaver platform and on the FlexFrame for mySAP Business Suite solution.

“This is another important milestone in SAP’s growing relationship with FSC,” said Leo Apotheker, member of the executive board and president of global customer solutions and operations, SAP.

“Now, as a SAP global services partner as well, we are broadening and strengthening the services we provide to customers to deliver end-to-end solutions supporting SAP software installations, from consulting and systems integration to IT infrastructure,” he added.

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