SAP signs with Shell, close to deal with Lufthansa

These, arguably, aren't the best of times for software technology companies but Germany's SAP AG is still managing to land some big contracts.

On Tuesday, the Walldorf, Germany, software vendor announced a contract for an undisclosed amount to deliver its mySAP Enterprise Portal software to the Royal Dutch/Shell Group in The Hague, Netherlands. The group is 60 percent owned by the Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. and 40 percent by the Shell Transport and Trading Co. PLC.

The announcement follows a global contract signed nearly two weeks earlier with Siemens AG in Munich, Germany. Another big deal is also in the pipeline. German airline Lufthansa AG is in the final round of negotiations to license the mySAP system to connect its 90,000 global workforce, a Lufthansa spokesman said Tuesday.

"I can't say when we will make a final decision but the talks are at a very advanced stage," the spokeswoman said.

SAP is benefiting from moves by large companies to cut costs and increase efficiency by integrating diverse information systems into a unified employee portal.

The integrated portal solution for the Royal Dutch/Shell Group will allow the company's 85,000 employees around the world to have quick and easy access to a wide range of key enterprise systems, as well as e-mail, database and company-wide notification systems, SAP said in a statement.

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