NTT DATA takes on tier ones with Innogence acquisition

SAP Gold Channel partner NTT DATA Business Solutions will acquire SAP business analytics and SAP HANA consulting firm, Innogence.

Together the two companies will create the largest SAP business analytics and SAP database and technology practice in the Asia-Pacific region, positioned to challenge the tier one integrators.

Innogence is a certified partner in SAP Services and BusinessObjects and was founded in 2005 by Gerrie Aldag, Ian Markram, Andrew Small and Hernus Carelsen. The company employs over 100 staff with a sole focus on business intelligence.

NTT DATA plans to integrate Innogence into its Australian state-based delivery model under the newly formed Enterprise Information Division, to be headed by Phil Cameron, former CEO of Innogence. NTT DATA Business Solutions Enterprise Applications Division will be led by the company’s current territory head of consulting – North Central West, Chris Treston.

Max White, CEO Asia Pacific, NTT DATA Business Solutions said he was excited by the synergies between the two organisations.

“Having now grown to 400-strong across the APAC region and with 55 certified HANA practitioners, NTT DATA Business Solutions is a genuine alternative organisations which have previously looked to tier one integrators. We are committed to assisting our customers to unleash the newest and greatest of the SAP technology stack and gain faster return on their SAP investment,” White said.

“The addition of Innogence’s strong Canberra-based office, matched with NTT DATA Business Solutions’ proven ERP capability allows us to provide a full SAP portfolio to large enterprise and industry located in ACT.”

Cameron said Innogence’s staff and customers would benefit greatly from the acquisition, which he described as a “game changer” for the Australian SAP ecosystem.

Hernus Carelsen, former chairman of Innogence, said, “It was important for the founders of Innogence that that the cultural fit between the organisations was strong. Right from the start of discussions, NTT DATA Business Solutions’ passion for both people and data was obvious. I believe NTT DATA Business Solutions is now uniquely positioned to lead the big data market in Australia.”

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