Buoyed by growth trends in the last year, global IT firm SAP expects to become the second-largest player in the IT database management business in the country in coming years. “We acquired 20 new clients in the first quarter (ended march 31, 2012).
From the growth trends that we are seeing, we expect to be No 2 in database business,” SAP India Managing Director Peter Gartenberg told reporters here. The company is relatively new in the database management business but expects to catch up fast with its competition, specially in India. “India is among top 4-5 markets where we have to win … the impact that India has on global market and technology … we cannot afford to lose,” SAP’s Global Executive Vice-President Steve Lucas said.
The company is the world’s fourthlargest player after Oracle, IBM and Microsoft in database business. “We started last year and today, we have 1 billion in revenue (from HANA) and 3,000 customers evaluating HANA (SAP’s data analysis solution) globally; 400 have purchased and around 100 have deployed it. I won’t be surprise if we cross 2 billion (worth of) business by end of this financial year,” Lucas said.
SAP IT solutions include software which can inform companies or their retailers about customers probable shopping requirement by analysing his previous data available with them and thus provide opportunity to increase their sales.
The company, which provides IT solutions for businesses, said it has seen Indian companies among early users of its modern database solution. Lucas added that SAP has 170,000 customers globally. SAP expects these customers to adopt its database IT solution as well.
In India, SAP is estimated to lead in IT resource management software for companies with 47.2% market share. In other related IT solution, SAP is estimated to have 27% market share in IT business intelligence solutions and a 36% in IT solutions for supply chain management.
“India will be the first country where we will launch training programme and courses to work on HANA,” Lucas said.