SAP India and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore have entered into an MoU to work together in areas of public sector and e-Governance in India.
Under this MoU, SAP would support IIMB's Centre for Enterprise Resource Planning, whilst IIMB's faculty would collaborate with SAP in the creation, sharing and dissemination of knowledge on e-Governance. After signing the MoU the Professor and Dean of IIMB, Mr Shyamal Roy, said SAP would supply study and teaching materials to CERP, which provided a stepping stone for e-Governance. IIMB was actively working towards creating a platform for cost effective implementation of e-Governance, which could usher in competitiveness and good governance. The SAP CEO and Chairman of Executive Board, Mr Henning Kagermann, said the world IT business was estimated at $1,000 billion, of which the share of the governments was 25 per cent but still remained largely untapped. The MoU was not a business proposition, but a tie-up to solve the constraints being faced by the Governments and PSUs which would lead to better service to citizens, he said. The President and CEO of SAP India, Mr Alan Sedghi, said the major focus of the tie-up was to create flexible platform to disseminate knowledge in education system. Many governments in Asia, including Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and some North Asian countries, had successfully adopted the SAP e-Governance platforms.