Satyam, Arvato to provide solutions to Mittelstand in Europe

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Hyderabad, Dec 5 (UNI) Satyam Computer Services Limited, a leading Global Consulting and Information Technology Services provider and Arvato Systems, the IT division of the Bertelsmann Group, have joined forces to provide innovative solutions and offshore services to the medium-sized enterprise market-der 'Mittelstand', in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Arvato systems chose Satyam as an exclusive partner after a comprehensive vendor evaluation process, a press release said, adding Satyam's global scale and ability to provide world-class talent immediately, and from anywhere, played key roles in its selection. Its capabilities in application development, ERP, and information management systems were also important factors for the Bertelsmann Group subsidiary.

Satyam will benefit from Arvato Systems' extensive subject matter expertise and three decades of experience in Europe's largest services market. At the same time, Arvato Systems gains an IT services delivery model that combines proven, innovative solutions and global sourcing. As a result, numerous mid-sized companies, which account for a substantial portion of the German economy, will benefit from rapid, enduring solutions.

''We are pleased to partner with Arvato Systems, and to provide innovative solutions to the region's 'Mittelstand' market, which has excellent growth potential,'' said Dr Keshab Panda, Satyam's Director, SVP and Head of European operations.

''Mid-sized companies in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland will benefit tremendously from the optimized solutions this alliance will deliver. In addition, we look forward to leveraging Arvato Systems' market presence in the region to drive our customers' future competitive strength,'' he added.

''Arvato Systems is dedicated to a growth strategy that drives accelerated innovation for our clients, while leveraging the effective solutions provided by global sourcing,'' said company Chief Executive Officer Michael Pesch.

''Satyam has a proven track record of successful growth, and is committing significant assets to the successful execution of this partnership. Our clients stand to benefit significantly from this business model. They will be able to increase their competitiveness and react with more flexibility on business requirements.'' ''Medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of the economy throughout the Germanic Region,'' said Peter Heij, Head of Continental Europe for Satyam. ''However, the IT service offerings available have not matched the special requirements of these enterprises efficiently yet. A German-based organisation like Arvato systems, coupled with Satyam's offshore strengths, is the ideal combination to serve this customer segment'', he added.

As part of the relationship, Arvato Systems will also enlist Satyam's help for the implementation of several million euros' worth committed business over the next four years.

To create a specialised focus for the Mittelstand market, Mr Panda said Satyam would create tailored offerings, beginning with Infrastructure Management Services (IMS) and Application Development, Maintenance and Support (ADMS).

Satyam will also create solutions tailored for the region's Media and Entertainment Industry to further benefit the Bertelsmann Group.

UNI

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