SAP India has made a bold pledge to skill up 1.5 million SAP consultants within the next three years to meet the country’s growing digital needs.
Following the commencement of the GST roll-out and Digital India initiative, 51 million Indian SMEs will have to onboard or scale their technology infrastructure, leading to an industry-wide requirement for digital experts with enterprise-level expertise.
“Our partner ecosystem is the ‘lifeline’ that connects us and our customers,” said Deb Deep Sengupta, president and managing director, SAP Indian Subcontinent. “Currently, an estimated 2 lakh SAP consultants thrive within our partner ecosystem which contributes approximately US$8 billion in revenues. SAP in India has a defined and clear partner strategy that propels our objective of growing together.”
Among the programs launched by SAP India through the partner ecosystem to target the digital gap are an acceleration of Bharat ERP program training, the expansion of SAP Authorised Training Centres in tier two and three cities, providing digital learning kits, and integrating new technology curricula across universities and education institutions.
At SAP India’s annual Partner Summit 2017, the company announced the launch of Partner Packaging Factory – an industry-first online initiative that aggregates end-to-end SAP packages developed by partners.
The packages are built to include SAP software, services, maintenance and hardware, and currently includes 45 templatised solutions for SAP S/4HANA and SAP Cloud, with solutions for SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence and SAP Analytics Cloud coming soon.
“SAP Partner Packaging Factory opens up an exciting new customer engagement opportunity for our partners,” said Anthony McMahon, senior vice president, general business (SME) and channels, SAP Asia Pacific Japan. “It is a one stop shop for SMEs to evaluate SAP solutions and fast-track their digital transformation journey.”