SAP looks to further African expansion

BUSINESS

|
Image: EIM Solutions of Kenya. By BiztechAfrica
EIM Solutions of Kenya

SAP plans to expand its African presence with a stronger presence in Cote d’Ivoire and Angola within the year.

SAP Africa CEO Pfungwa Serima said at the SAP Africa Partner Awards in Johannesburg, South Africa, tonight that Africa was a hotbed of innovation, and that SAP was steadily increasing its business across the continent.

Sunil Geness, Head of Global Communications of SAP Africa, Pfungwa Serima, SAP Africa CEO and Desmond Nair, Head of Ecosystems and Channels for SAP Africa

Serima emphasized the importance of SAP’s partners across the continent, saying as the company grows, it relies heavily on its partners’ deep understanding of the regions they operate in.

“Many companies have this fear of Africa,” he said. But there is immense potential for those companies that understand the varied markets across the continent, Serima noted.

"We are serious about the continent," he said.

Derousha Coopen, Tlalane Tshabalala and Adhika Coopen of Wipro at the SAP Africa Partner Awards

Also speaking at the event, Desmond Nair, Head of Ecosystems and Channels for SAP Africa, said SAP would launch a new cloud solution targeted at small and medium enterprises in Africa before the end of the year.

Nair said SAP had seen steady growth in its revenue from Africa, with 55 new partners and 80% coverage across the continent. In 1H 2012 the company saw 206% revenue growth in Africa.

Its top priorities for growth in its Ecosystem and Channels this year, he said, would include acceleration, expansion and specialisation of route to market across all regions; and co-innovation with its ecosystem.

Fernando Ernesto, Anthony Same, Noraly Nhantumbo, Ina Kirchner and Serah Njeru

SAP Africa Partner Awards were presented to:

Applications VAR Partner of the Year: Enterprise Information Management Solutions

Analytics VAR Partner of the Year: Enterprise Information Management Solutions

Business One VAR Partner of the Year: Bluekey Software Solutions

VAR Rookie of the Year: Sincura Business Solutions

Global System Integrator of the Year: Accenture

Local System Integrator of the Year: EOH Mthombo

EOH MthomboTechnology Partner of the Year: HP

Solution Partner of the Year: UCS Solutions

Sales Person of the Year: Mike Hartman

French Africa Managing Director of the Year: GSIE Technology

West Africa Managing Director of the Year:C2G Consulting

East Africa Managing Director of the Year: Indra

SADC Managing Director of the Year: EOH Mthombo



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE BUSINESS NEWS

Kenyan SACCOS riding on innovation to attract customers

As confidence in mainstream banks remains low due to prohibitive interest rates, customers are embracing Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCO) as an alternative. Read More

BITC invites ICT investors

The Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) is casting its net wide to appeal to players in the Information Technology sector to invest in the country. Read More

Yudala ‘an unstoppable movement’, says Zinox chief

Yudala VP Stanley Uzoechina, Access Bank CEO Herbert Wigwe and Zinox CEO Leo Stan-Ekeh The opening of Yudala outlets, combining an online shopping platform with retail stores, has been described as a game-changer in Nigeria. Read More

Travelport, TTS sign reseller agreement for Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific region

Travelport and TTS have signed a sales and distribution agreement for TTS products in the Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. Read More

Airbnb to expand further across Africa

Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced that its CEO, Brian Chesky will attend GES 2015 to meet with entrepreneurs from around the world and explore the sharing economy’s impact and expansion, particularly on the African continent - which represents a huge opportunity for the company.  Read More

What African entrepreneurs want

On the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, GeoPoll, the Global Entrepreneurship Network, and the U.S. State Department have released a survey of 1,000 business owners throughout sub-Saharan Africa on entrepreneurship in their countries. Read More

ISON eyes 25,000 jobs, $400m in Nigeria

Pravin Kumar ISON Group has projected the creation of 25,000 new jobs and $400 million revenue within space of one or two years in Nigeria. Read More

NEC invests in XON to accelerate regional African growth

NEC Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, has invested in XON, the sub-Sahara African ICT group, and the two organisations will have an integrated market approach that will combine their local expertise in the region to provide greater sales coverage in the sub-Sahara African market. Read More

Orange, Airtel in talks on acquisitions

Orange and Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV, have entered into an exclusive agreement to explore the possible acquisition by Orange of four Airtel subsidiaries.  Read More

Equitel seeks a share of Kenya’s lucrative telco market

Equity Bank’s subsidiary, Finserve Africa, has launched Equitel, a new mobile payment and banking platform for its customers, which officially brings to the fore the convergence between mobile and banking services in Kenya. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

Kenyan SACCOS riding on innovation to attract customersKenyan SACCOS riding on innovation to attract customers

As confidence in mainstream banks remains low due to prohibitive interest rates, customers are embracing Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCO) as an alternative.

IN DEPTH

As curtain falls on MDGs, what next?As curtain falls on MDGs, what next?

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, speaks to Biztechafrica about setting smart targets.