The Enterprise Application Services (EAS)division of HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global IT services provider, today announced it has extended its overall partnership with SAP by signing a new global managed mobility agreement. HCL will now be permitted to resell, implement and host industry-leading SAP® solutions, including the SAP Mobile Platform, the SAP Afaria® mobile device management solution, and the extensive portfolio of SAP mobile apps. Through this agreement, HCL will make it easier and faster for customers to deploy mobile solutions built on SAP’s mobile offerings, providing ongoing support in terms of maintenance, management, security and upgrades.
Mobility is a growing priority for CIOs, however, there are a number of challenges that “going mobile” can pose across the workplace. Mobile can be complex, which means fewer well-understood business cases. In addition, organizations face the challenges of security breaches and intentional misuse. With the advantages and opportunities of a mobilized workforce empowered by SAP’s mobile technologies and supported by HCL, it is possible to address the issues related to the mobile enterprise, mitigate the risks, and solve key problems in areas such as field service and consumer engagement. HCL has been targeting the life sciences and utilities industries in particular, where these challenges frequently occur. Through HCL’s managed mobility agreement with SAP, it will provide a vast portfolio of services and expertise that leverage SAP mobile solutions to unlock the business value of mobility in order for customers to reap these benefits.
James Riley, senior vice president & global head of Innovation, HCL, said, “Mobility has the power to change the way our clients do business. This isn’t surprising when over 70 percent of CIOs think of mobile as transformational to their business. Enterprise mobility will be a significant growth engine for HCL in 2013 and is a journey that we look forward to embarking on through this new managed mobility agreement with SAP.”
”Through this agreement with HCL, leveraging SAP’s leading mobile technologies, we can help unwire the enterprise for even more customers on the go,” said Chris McClain, executive vice president, Global Mobility Solutions, SAP. “Mobility is a game-changer for the enterprise. We welcome this expanded cooperation with HCL and look forward to developing a coordinated go-to-market strategy – involving sales and technical enablement, co-marketing activities, and demand-generation support – to deliver managed mobility services in support of SAP mobile technologies. Together with our leading ecosystem of partners, we are helping enterprises to unlock additional value from their SAP back-office systems via their mobile devices and tablets.”
HCL has been providing mobility solutions for over a decade to more than 450 companies. Through this experience, as well as the distinctive breadth of its organization, HCL provides managed mobility services to its clients.
Owing to HCL’s strong vertical industry expertise, hosting and outsourcing businesses, HCL can provide a broad variety of services from strategy and road mapping, to a full suite of managed mobility services, whereby customers can choose one or several individual components tailored towards their business needs. HCL has successfully implemented this model at several global businesses and more recently at a major European bank in Germany, a North American Life Sciences company, and a Utilities company.
 IDG research conducted by SAP and LinkedIn of CIO’s and Senior IT leaders in May 2012: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/sap/infographic-the-three-things-confounding-cios-going-mobile/3217
2 IDG research conducted by SAP and LinkedIn of CIO’s and Senior IT leaders in May 2012: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/sap/infographic-the-three-things-confounding-cios-going-mobile/3217