SAP AG is to introduce regional solution centres leveraging the expertise of both SAP and its partners in order to expand its portfolio of industry-tailored business management solutions designed for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
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The teams will be located in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific regions, and each SMB solution centre will work with partners to develop and qualify industry solutions that SAP says will be fast and predictable to deploy, adaptable to changing business needs and that feature built-in industry expertise.
SAP plans to introduce approximately 80 industry and market-specific solutions worldwide in 2006.
The centres are intended to provide coverage and support for partners across SAP's regions of operation. Teams from the centres will build localised industry solutions based on SAP best practices methodology, documentation and preconfigured end-to-end business scenarios that support a predictable implementation time and cost.
The solutions from the centres will be designed help SMBs leverage software that SAP claims will let them quickly gain operational efficiency and deploy a flexible platform for enhancing their unique competitive differentiators.
"We are building the global capabilities to support both our growing base of customers and our partner network with more solutions and focused resources," comments Nils Herzberg, chief operating officer, product and technology group, SAP.