SAP will establish an R&D center in Seoul, South Korea, according to Korea.net. The deal, brokered by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), will see SAP hire 53 employees and invest $21 million over the coming three years.
SAP Korea will be the third R&D center of note in Asia, joining SAP Labs India and SAP Labs China. Korea.net reports that SAP Korea will be dedicated to business intelligence (BI) and database management.
In addition to establishing the R&D center, SAP has signed a partnership with South Korean company Samsung SDS aimed at growing SAP’s share of the Asian ERP pie while expanding the IT service opportunities available to Samsung SDS in the region. Samsung SDS CEO Kim In mentioned China as a big target of the alliance: “The mutual and comprehensive partnership will help us sustain the domestic ERP market of 10 percent annual growth and lay a solid foundation for the rapidly expanding Chinese ERP market.” Analyst David Mitchell of Ovum is bullish on the Chinese opportunity, but sees challenges ahead: “The Chinese ERP consulting, implementation and management services market is going to be an extremely contested ground. Korean companies will attack it.”
Demir Barlas, Site Editor