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NEC and SAP Expand Scope of Global Alliance to Enhance Enterprise Solutions

PRESS RELEASE


February 2008

NEC Corporation (NEC) and SAP Japan (SAP) announced that they have agreed to expand the scope of their global alliance to include joint development, marketing and sales of enterprise solutions.

As part of SAP Japan's ambition to strengthen the global capability set of Japan's best run businesses enhanced collaboration with NEC will include:

1. Integration of NEC IT platform products, hardware and software, in SAP solutions, and joint marketing activities.
2. Joint development and marketing of system integration (SI) solutions.
3. Joint development of application service business.
4. Collaboration on workforce training and R&D activities.

NEC will leverage the alliance to strengthen its SAP-focused sales and other workforce first in the high-growth Asian markets, aiming to boost the current number of employees from 300 to 600 by 2010. NEC and SAP will then expand coverage to other regions globally in the future.

This newly formed alliance is expected to significantly enhance NEC's SAP-related business, and also expand the array of NEC technology platforms running SAP solutions. As a result of this alliance, NEC customers in Japan will have new Enterprise SOA-based enterprise solutions with which to run their businesses, and SAP customers globally will have the option of deploying their mission-critical business applications on NEC's world-class IT infrastructure.

To compliment the new alliance, NEC has also agreed to conclude the global technology partnership agreement with SAP AG. Under this agreement, NEC will open an NEC SAP Competence Center at SAP's head office in Germany this April.

"We believe this will be one of the great milestones for NEC and SAP in achieving growth," said Yoichiro Yatsurugi, President and CEO, SAP Japan. "By strengthening the partnership with NEC through this extended global alliance, NEC and SAP will deliver distinctive IT solutions to their customers to assure they maintain their competitive advantages."

"The new NEC SAP Competence Center will verify server storage feasibility for SAP platforms to enable rapid delivery of optimal platform products to the global market," said Saburo Takizawa, Executive Vice President and Member of the Board, NEC Corporation. "We believe this new global alliance with SAP will empower NEC to expand its global IT solutions business even further by providing products that not only meet, but surpass, our customers' requirements."
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