SAP expands India unit

SAP's facility in Bangalore will develop key products for the company, and work on the localisation of software for customers in...

SAP's facility in Bangalore will develop key products for the company, and work on the localisation of software for customers in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America.

SAP executive board member Peter Zencke was in Bangalore for the inauguration of a facility for its Indian software development subsidiary, SAP Labs India.

Zencke reiterated the SAP announcement earlier this year that the company plans to hire more workers for the unit, and added that the lab is focused on product development in three key application areas: manufacturing, CRM including mobile solutions and HCM (human capital management). 

Teams at SAP Labs India are also involved in developing the platforms and tools necessary to build the Mobile Business Applications of SAP, of which SAP NetWeaver forms the backbone.

SAP will increase the number of  software developers at its facility in Bangalore to approximately 1,500 by the end of 2004 from 750.
SAP Labs India is the largest development hub for SAP outside Germany. About 40% of SAP's application development for manufacturing and distribution is done at the facility in Bangalore, making it SAP's largest development centre for the manufacturing sector. 

SAP is the latest among a large number of technology companies, including Oracle, which have announced plans to increase the size of their software development centres in India.

Like Oracle, SAP is also looking at using India as a base for delivering both product development and services such as customisation.

John Ribeiro writes for IDG News Service

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