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SAP Opens New Global Service Center in Brazil
[May 30, 2006]

SAP Opens New Global Service Center in Brazil

TMCnet Contributing Editor
SAP AG has recently announced the opening of a new SAP (News - Alert) Global Service Center in São Leopoldo, state of Rio Grande do Sul, where SAP plans to add 80 new employees by the end of this year. The new facility is located on the “Unisinos” university campus and will focus on custom development and localization services for customers in Latin and North America.

The São Leopoldo Center will support the company’s long-term global growth plans and localization efforts. SAP Custom Development and Globalization Services team will gain from the IT and development professionals available in this region.

São Leopoldo was chosen as the site of the new center due to the city’s excellent infrastructure, cost competitiveness, proximity to higher educational institutions such as the facility host, University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos), and the strong support of the region through local government initiatives.
“It is a significant portion of, and a priority for, our public policies to develop technology centers and increasingly qualify our human resources in the corresponding areas,” said Germano Rigotto, governor, state of Rio Grande do Sul in a press release.
Rigotto continued: “Therefore, the presence of a large global enterprise represents a sign that we are on the right track, and it will be an encouragement for the state of Rio Grande do Sul to become the focal point of other ventures.”
José Duarte, regional managing director of SAP Latin America, added: “A strong university infrastructure that provides high-quality development resources, coupled with the region’s high standard of living, fluency in English and Spanish and a competitive cost structure makes São Leopoldo a very attractive location for SAP.
The new site serves as part of a worldwide network of nine SAP Global Service Center locations, the largest of which are in China, Germany, Hungary, India and Japan.
For more information visit SAP.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering call centers, CRM and information technology.

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