With GST (goods and services tax) finally rolled out in the country, it has opened up multiple business opportunities for technology services companies like SAP. One of the ways these companies can tap that opportunity is by adding digitally skilled workforce in the country who would help businesses in their digital transformation process.
With opportunities, the GST regime has also thrown open few challenges including the need for digitally skilled workforce to help businesses implement new age technology solutions.
SAP, the world’s second largest software company, has decided to take the challenge head on. The company is planning to add 15 lakh (1.5 million) digitally skilled workforce in the country in next three years or by 2020.
“In the wake of GST roll-out and Digital India initiative, the 51+ million SMEs in the country will eventually have to onboard or scale their technology infrastructure. It will therefore give rise to an industry wide requirement of digital experts who will have the capability to enable enterprises transition to a digital platform. SAP understands the urgency to fulfill this necessity,” the company said.
It plans to skill, reskill and upskill 1.5 million SAP consultants to plug this digital gap within the next three years.
The company announced this during the SAP India Partners’ Summit held in Mumbai this week.
“Our partner ecosystem is the “lifeline” that connects us and our customers,” said Deb Deep Sengupta, President and Managing Director, SAP Indian Subcontinent. “Currently, an estimated 2 lakh SAP consultants thrive within our partner ecosystem which contributes approximately $ 8 billion in revenues.”
How SAP India Plans To Do It
The company will take a multi-prong approach to train these 15 lakh people. The Germany based firm is partnering with all the stakeholders of a digital transformation process – governments, private institutions and academia.
It has joined hands with Ministry of MSME (Micro, Small and medium Enterprises) for its Bharat ERP program. This program aims at training 30,000 people on various digital technologies required for a business house. This program was launched in June this year and the software firm has already started imparting training in Bhubaneshwar. Gradually it will be spread out to other state capitals. The training involves using a packaged software that takes care of enterprises’ financials, resources planning, sales and inventory management.
Similarly, SAP has also tied up with universities and training institutes to develop digitally skilled workforce. At present more than 320 Indian universities and educational institutes are part of SAP University alliance program.
The software firm also aims at expanding its SAP authorised training cnters in the country. At present the company has 55 centers which it wants to expand to 100 by the end of this year.