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NEC, SAP to help SMEs benefit from cloud-based ERP

NEC and SAP have entered into an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement which will see the integration of the SAP Business ByDesign solution with the former’s global cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) services.

The new offering, NEC Global Localization Package for SAP Business ByDesign, will leverage the ERP cloud solution from SAP and the end-to-end cloud deployment capabilities from NEC and will enable subsidiaries of large corporations and small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) to improve efficiency and gain insights into real-time enterprise-wide operations.

This OEM agreement is the first of its kind worldwide regarding SAP Business ByDesign. At the initial stage, NEC plans to roll out the new offering in key South East Asia markets. NEC also intends to develop valued-added localization functionalities, which will be integrated with SAP Business ByDesign. NEC also targets to provide its new cloud services in the several countries on three different continents where the solution is already available.

As a part of the SAP solution portfolio specifically designed to provide SMEs with the flexibility and choice needed to grow and thrive, SAP Business ByDesign has been made available on the SAP HANA platform, delivering on the company’s ongoing commitment to provide a single and unified platform for businesses to run more efficiently and effectively in the cloud.

NEC plans to invest in the development of value-added localization functionalities, which would be integrated with SAP Business ByDesign through the OEM agreement, with an initial focus on addressing country-specific requirements pertinent to local tax law, regulatory compliance and business practices. NEC also plans to promote sales of NEC Global Localization Package for SAP Business ByDesign to the head offices of Japanese companies that have already deployed the SAP ERP application on premise or have plans to implement cloud-based ERP solutions in their smaller and overseas subsidiaries. Additionally, NEC plans to offer customized solution packages to fulfill the requirements of other types of organizations such as government institutions and public service providers.

The NEC Global Localization Package for SAP Business ByDesign is scheduled to be available globally with initial rollout beginning in South East Asia in the second quarter of 2014. NEC has the goal of achieving 300 installations in three years’ time.

Looking ahead, NEC plans to enhance the integrated cloud service offering with various localization functionalities and develop best practices for cloud software implementations. NEC also targets to offer new services to help companies build their enterprise-wide business management platform and supply chain management (SCM) system, and manage their global operations effectively and efficiently.

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