SAP, Tata expand cooperation to Web services

India's Tata Consultancy Services will help businesses migrate to Web services-based applications from SAP AG.

India's Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will help businesses migrate to Web-based applications from SAP under an agreement that expands the two companies' existing cooperation.

TCS, India's largest outsourcer, is becoming the first Asian company to join the SAP Global Partner Services program, SAP said Tuesday at its European Sapphire customer event in Paris.

The Mumbai company, which provides systems integration and application services to companies around the globe, employs more than 2,200 people with significant SAP expertise. In addition to helping companies with the migration SAP's enterprise SOA (service-oriented architecture), it will also help deploy SAP Business One to small subsidiaries of large corporations.

"Tata is an important partner for many reasons; the company has a strong footprint in India and other Asia markets where SAP aims to grow, and it has a huge global IT infrastructure," said SAP spokesman Bill Wohl.

In its fiscal year ending March 31, Tata posted revenue of nearly $US3 billion.

In an interview earlier this month, SAP AG Chief Executive Officer Henning Kagermann said the company is exploring ways to increase its market position in India and China.

The expanded collaboration with Tata appears to be a key step in that direction.

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