SAP SE today announced a €250m investment in the UK as part of its growth strategy, further strengthening its position as a provider of cloud-based solutions and services to help the organisations in the UK run better.
The company will launch SAP UK Data Cloud, a highly secure UK-based cloud offering. SAP will also establish new offices in London and Manchester, further develop the company’s internship programme and increase spend with the nation’s social enterprises.
With SAP UK Data Cloud, the company will provide cloud solutions and services delivered using hyperscaler infrastructure at UK data centres.
As organisations increasingly require cloud services that ensure data is managed and stored in country, especially in the public sector, the SAP UK Data Cloud offering will enable SAP to deliver its product suite to organisations demanding these criteria. The launch will initially include the company’s cloud ERP system SAP S/4HANA, its SAP SuccessFactors human experience management solutions and its SAP Business Technology Platform. The company plans to provide its wider product portfolio through SAP UK Data Cloud in the future.
SAP, working with SAP National Security Services, Inc. (SAP NS2®), has developed SAP UK Data Cloud to specifically support the nation’s Critical National Infrastructure, organisations working in the public sector, regulated industries in areas such as healthcare, central and local government, policing, utilities and financial services.
As part of its investment, SAP will also open two new offices in 2021 designed to accommodate new flexible working practices and better serve its wide-spread customer base. A new customer experience centre in the City of London will provide state-of-the-art facilities for customers and partners to identify and pursue co-innovation opportunities with SAP. Additionally, a new facility near Manchester, scheduled for completion later this year in Bruntwood, Alderley Park, will enable SAP to work and engage more closely with companies across the country.
Scott Russell, Executive Board Member, Customer Success, SAP said: “The UK is a critically strategic market for SAP, and with its highly successful vaccine rollout it has an increasingly positive outlook for the years ahead. We are incredibly excited about this commitment, which will bring new services to market for our customers, greater support for social enterprises, as well as an even better working environment for our colleagues and new talent.”
UK Digital Infrastructure Minister, Matt Warman said: “It’s great to see SAP demonstrating its commitment to the UK and investing heavily to create new jobs and helping ensure long-term digital prosperity is evenly spread across the entire country. Tech is at the heart of our plans to power Britain’s recovery full speed out of the pandemic and we are backing the sector with world-class infrastructure and skills training to make sure the UK is the best place to start and grow a digital business.”