Comarch and Inspur intend to break into the China ERP market together. Comarch and the Chinese Inspur Group have agreed on the general outline of a joint venture for breaking into the Chinese ERP market together. The stated goal of both parties is to conclude the negotiations during the next few weeks.
Comarch will continue the activities that it began in the summer of 2009 for the marketing of the ERPII software Comarch Semiramis on the Chinese market. After the signing of partnership agreements with four Chinese software and systems companies in September and another sales partnership with an SCM specialist in November, negotiations are now underway in Krakow and Munich for a joint development of the Chinese ERP market with the Inspur Group, one of the largest Chinese IT providers (an annual revenue of around EUR 2.7 billion). The aim is to found a joint venture in order to develop and market target group-specific solutions for the Chinese market on the basis of the ERPII software.
Comarch Semiramis as a platform for a portfolio of new solutions
- Comarch Semiramis is an ERP platform which we are able to use in order to implement our expertise and many years of experience in various industries and target groups in a very positive manner. The software offers the most modern technology and a wide range of functionality. The fact that the entire system is web-based as well as the strong specifications of the software functionalities for production and logistics, are ideal prerequisites for the development of a portfolio of modern solutions, which can be implemented in a flexible manner, explains Sun Pishu, CEO of the Inspur Group.
- Up until now, the Chinese market for standard economic software has been characterised by solutions for accounting, sales, purchasing, and warehousing. There is significant demand for modern production and supply-chain logistic solutions, such as those offered by Comarch Semiramis. As the market leader in the area of accounting, the Inspur Group is entrenched in the best possible position in this market with 32,000 clients. Together with Inspur, we intend to gain a considerable portion of the ERP market in China, which is experiencing strong growth, says Ralf Gärtner, a member of the Managing Board for Marketing and Products at Comarch’s subsidiary SoftM AG, the manufacturer of Semiramis. According to the market researchers of CCID Consulting, the ERP market in China will increase by 18% on average, in the area of medium-sized companies with 100 to 200 employees, during the current and upcoming year.
The Inspur Group is one of the two leading suppliers and IT application solutions in China. The IT group, which includes, among others, three stock-market listed companies, achieved a revenue of approx. EUR 2.7 billion in 2009 and now employs around 10,000 employees. The ERP division is a major business area of the company, which, among other things, is also active as a manufacturer of server systems and POS solutions. Inspur supports clients in all regions of China, both in public administration, as well as in many industrial and trade sectors.
About Comarch and SoftM
Comarch is an international supplier of IT solutions for business process optimization and customer relationship management with some 3,500 employees in 16 countries. Besides developing its own software, the enterprise group, founded in 1993 with its headquarters in Krakow in Poland, supplies a comprehensive range of consulting and integration services. It specialises in the telecommunications industry, banking, insurance, retail, the service sector and the manufacturing industry. The Comarch group established its presence in Germany in 1999 with the founding of Comarch Software AG. This 100% subsidiary has its head office in Dresden with branch offices in Frankfurt am Main and Brussels. It also owns the subsidiaries Comarch Software S.A.R.L (France) and SoftM Software und Beratung AG (Germany). With its head office in Munich, SoftM Software und Beratung AG is incorporated within the Comarch Group as a supplier of complete IT solutions for SMEs. Since 1973, SoftM has developed and distributed standard business software for SMEs and has taken a leading position in the German-speaking market. Its portfolio includes business software for ERP and finance, especially tailored to the requirements of medium-sized industries and retailers with a comprehensive range of implementation and support services for the software solutions supplied. SoftM also offers products and services covering all aspects of IT infrastructure, including servers and storage systems, networks, groupware and DMS/ECM solutions. With 360 employees at 12 sites in Germany, Austria and Switzerland SoftM provides software and services for around 4,000 customers.Semiramis is Internet-based ERPII software, developed completely in Java, which is designed primarily to meet the requirements of medium-sized companies. Semiramis has received various awards, in particular for outstanding technology and ergonomics. Development, marketing and partner support are handled by SoftM Software und Beratung AG, a leading supplier of complete IT solutions for medium-sized companies. SoftM is a subsidiary of the Comarch Group.