SAP AG and China Telecom have announced a strategic partnership in cloud computing with SAP.
Under the deal, SAP's cloud portfolio will be offered to small and large organizations in China by China Datacom Corporation Limited (CDC), a joint venture between SAP and China Communication Services (CCS), a subsidiary of China Telecom Group.
CCS will be the first local customer to adopt the offerings. The announcement was made at China SAPPHIRE in Beijing.
The cooperation marks another development in the partnership that SAP and China Telecom began in 2011 and will expand on the current work the companies have done to promote mobile development and device management. With the inclusion of cloud solutions from SAP, the companies will move from basic cooperation such as Internet Data Center (IDC) to a partnership on cloud offerings and application services.
The first solutions to be made available through the partnership and hosted in a China Telecom IDC will be a suite of human capital management (HCM) solutions from SAP's Successfactors.com, making SAP the first international software vendor to deliver an integrated cloud HCM offering in China.
“Through the cooperation with China Telecom and CCS, we are now able to provide world-class cloud solutions from SAP to our customers in China, from a data center in China," said Bill McDermott, co-CEO, SAP AG. "This is a significant milestone in our 'Innovation in China for China' strategy and our long-term commitment to the Chinese market. We will continue to expand our ecosystem and will bring even more innovative cloud solutions to China to help provide local enterprises with remarkable business value, radical simplification of their IT landscapes and tremendous competitive advantages.”