Integration with HCM Application from SAP Delivers Improved Talent Management to SAP Customers
SAP NetWeaver® Fund Makes Strategic Investment to Support Additional Product Development at Nakisa
WALLDORF, Germany and MONTREAL, Canada - December 11, 2007 - Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to deliver customer value through strategic partnerships and co-innovation, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced a global reseller agreement and SAP NetWeaver® Fund investment in SAP partner Nakisa Inc. Together, the two companies have integrated Nakisa's organizational and talent management visualization capabilities to enhance and extend the SAP® ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM) application. Under the agreement, SAP will resell Nakisa's market-leading visual workforce management solutions. SAP also announced that the SAP NetWeaver Fund has made an investment in Nakisa to support scaling to meet expected SAP customer needs for product and support.
Nakisa's Talent Visualization Application Enhances SAP ERP HCM
Available immediately and sold under the name SAP® Talent Visualization by Nakisa, the application complements and enhances the HCM and talent management functionality of SAP ERP with capabilities addressing succession planning and organizational management. Taking advantage of real-time connectivity through pre-delivered integration with SAP ERP HCM, organizations can view, update and analyze their talent inventory and availability of potential successors based on one organizational structure maintained in SAP ERP and accessed through Nakisa. In addition, users have the ability to model "what-if" scenarios at all levels to effectively align talent goals with business strategy.
"Together, SAP and Nakisa will deliver a comprehensive succession planning package to SAP customers in all segments," said Babak Varjavandi, CEO, Nakisa Inc. "Nakisa has a long-term relationship with SAP that has resulted in a solution that can seamlessly interoperate with SAP ERP HCM. Now customers will be able to license a comprehensive, fully integrated talent management software solution from a single source: SAP."
Talent management is a growing concern for today's companies. Building talent bench strength, identifying and managing successors for key positions, addressing needs arising from a maturing workforce and globalization make new technologies essential for global organizations to maintain a competitive edge. The integration of the Nakisa talent visualization suite of solutions into SAP ERP HCM will enable companies to build an effective talent management strategy that will help ensure an organization is better prepared for future talent needs.
SAP NetWeaver Fund Fosters Future Development
In addition to the reseller agreement, the SAP NetWeaver Fund has made a strategic investment in Nakisa to support scaling and production to meet customer demand. Created to fuel the development of innovative solutions built on the SAP NetWeaver technology platform, the SAP NetWeaver Fund made the investment in Nakisa to enable additional development and enhancements of the company's talent visualization products. Terms of the investment were not released.
"Delivering customer value through smart partnerships and co-innovation on solutions is the cornerstone of SAP's global strategy," said S. Singh Mecker, senior vice president, Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, SAP and co-manager of the SAP NetWeaver Fund. "The addition of Nakisa to the distinguished list of reseller partners and SAP NetWeaver Fund investment recipients demonstrates SAP's commitment to the ecosystem strategy, and we look forward to working with Nakisa to bring additional value to our customers."
About the SAP NetWeaver Fund
The SAP NetWeaver Fund was established in May 2006 and focuses on strategic investments in select companies that are committed to the SAP ecosystem and are building innovative solutions based on the SAP NetWeaver technology platform. Opening up the platform to encourage development and co-innovation has been a key driver for SAP in recent years, and the formation of the SAP NetWeaver Fund represents yet another investment in SAP's growing ecosystem. Financed out of SAP's corporate development funds, the $125 million SAP NetWeaver Fund complements the efforts of SAP's venture arm, SAP Ventures.
Nakisa's goal is to help organizations make better decisions about how to manage their global talent and to optimize workforce performance. Nakisa provides organizations with the ability to get a 360-degree view into their human capital data, giving them the critical insight they need into their talent and organizations, to support their overall corporate objectives. Nakisa's 100% Web-based enterprise solutions are fully interoperable with the major ERP platforms and provides a single point of access to critical HR data for succession planning, organization charting and workforce modeling. Launched in 2001, Nakisa's solutions are strategically deployed across divisions or entire enterprises with leading customers from every industry sector including aerospace, pharmaceutical, financial services, transportation, energy, government and manufacturing.
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