Good news for aspiring SAP professionals in India: Wipro, the Indian IT and business process outsourcing company, plans on raising its overall resources in China. On Tuesday, A. L. Rao, Chief Operating Officer of Wipro, told the media that his company hopes to increase the number of its employees working in China from 200 to 2,000 in the next two years.
Forrester Research Inc referred to Wipro as “a leader in SAP Implementation services” in the December 2007 report titled, “The Forrester Wave: SAP Implementation Providers, Q4 2007.”
These SAP implementation services are increasingly in demand in China. Keeping true to the words of Forrester Research, Wipro is on the scene ready to aid with IT resources; and I can’t help but imagine that this news is lit kindling underneath a prepared bonfire of SAP resources. This is a big step for SAP India, as we will surely see the emergence of more and more SAP careers opening up in China.
What does this mean for SAP professionals? Here is what Jon Reed, of JonERP.com, had to say:
“If there is any doubt that the SAP market is global in nature, look no further than Wipro’s planned expansion into China. The fact that the SAP labor pool will soon be truly global is either good news or not so good news, depending on whether you are in a country where the hiring growth is expanding or contracting. All SAP professionals need to take this kind of globalization into account as they plot their careers. I recommend placing an emphasis on cutting edge skills that are crucial to have on site and therefore cannot be easily outsourced.”
I would go further and say that aspiring SAP professionals in India should keep an eye on this news as it develops. The SAP job market in India is a competitive one right now, and this could be the opportunity that many have been waiting for.