German business software company SAP is to increase the number of software engineers in its Indian operations by the end of this year.
In January, chairman and chief executive officer Henning Kagermann said that in addition to plans to sell more software in the Chinese and Indian markets, SAP aims to take advantage of hiring less costly software developers in these regions. Chinese and Indian developers, he said, are as good as those in Europe and the US but cost four to five times less.
This year SAP intends to hire 1,500 new employees, according to Berner. While 500 of these new jobs will be in India, the others will be in the company's research and development, and sales operations.
SAP is in the process of consolidating various administrative processes of its assorted European units and transferring these to one central unit, Berner said. "This is all part of our shared-service concept, which we have already implemented in Asia," he said.
John Blau writes for IDG News Service