SAP and China Telecom have entered a strategic partnership in cloud computing through which the SAP Cloud portfolio will be offered to small and large organisations in China by China Datacom Corporation Limited, a joint venture between SAP and China Communication Services (CCS), a subsidiary of China Telecom Group.
CCS will be the first local customer to adopt the cloud offerings.
The cooperation marks the next step in the partnership that SAP and China Telecom began in 2011, moving beyond the promotion of mobile development and device management to cloud offerings and application services.
The first solutions to be made available through the partnership and hosted in a China Telecom IDC will be the complete suite of human capital management (HCM) solutions from SuccessFactors, making SAP the first international software vendor to deliver an integrated cloud HCM offering in China. CCS will be the first customer to subscribe to the SuccessFactors solution hosted in a China data centre, and expects to have 12,000 users.
“Through the cooperation with China Telecom and CCS, we are now able to provide world-class cloud solutions from SAP to our customers in China, from a data centre in China,” said Bill McDermott, co-CEO, SAP AG.
McDermott said the partnership marks a significant milestone in SAP’s ‘Innovation in China for China’ strategy and demonstrates its long-term commitment to the Chinese market.
“We will continue to expand our ecosystem and will bring even more innovative solutions to China to help provide local enterprises with remarkable business value, radical simplification of their IT landscapes and tremendous competitive advantages,” McDermott said.
The announcement was made at China SAPPHIRE, held 21-22 November in Beijing.