SAP is planning to double the number of employees in India to around 4,000 by the end of 2006.
Most of the current 2,000 SAP staff in India are employed in a product development operation in Bangalore, and this is where most of the planned expansion will take place.
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SAP says the Indian expansion will not take jobs away from its western operations, which have expanded rapidly over the last two years.
SAP’s gradual migration to India is in contrast to IBM, which is planning to hire an extra 14,000 staff in India this year, while it cuts 13,000 jobs in the west.
In addition to its Bangalore expansion, SAP has announced the opening of a new research and development centre in Budapest, Hungary, where 300 will be employed by the end of next year.