T-Systems SA wins two SAP partner awards

Johannesburg, 14 Mar 2017
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Left to right: Shubna Harilall - Lead Deal Executive: SAP Sales at T-Systems South Africa; Cherise Green, Partner Manager at SAP; Lawrence Kandaswami, Channel Head at SAP.
Left to right: Shubna Harilall - Lead Deal Executive: SAP Sales at T-Systems South Africa; Cherise Green, Partner Manager at SAP; Lawrence Kandaswami, Channel Head at SAP.

T-Systems South Africa has received two SAP Partner Awards, including the highly-coveted MD's Award, for its role in transforming clients' businesses and accelerating innovation in Africa.

"We're delighted to have picked up two awards," says Shubna Harilal, Head of SAP Sales at T-Systems SA. "It's great recognition for our teams that are applying SAP's powerful technology to unleash digital transformation in our clients' operations."

T-Systems is a long-standing Platinum SAP partner, both locally and at a global level, and Harilal explains that the two companies enjoy a close alignment of their respective visions for the digital future:

"As the software vendor evolves from traditional ERP solutions, to far broader and more meaningful digitisation across the enterprise, we're playing a leading role in shaping this value proposition among the local customer-base."

MD's Award

The Awards' grand finale - the MD's award - recognised T-Systems as the partner that's most compellingly driven new SAP-enabled business models and innovations in the local market.

SAP SA MD Lawrence Kandaswami explains the rationale behind T-Systems' being chosen as the winner of the MD's Award:

"There were a few key pillars I looked at - the strategic impact a partner had on growing market share, industry impact, as well as driving the SAP brand. The one factor that stood out the most was around the innovation agenda: how our partners have helped SAP drive innovation."

From connected sensors and drones at port operations, to its innovative price-per-bed licensing model at hospitals, to the leading-edge work in building connected car platforms, T-Systems has used the SAP HANA platform to create tangible, meaningful innovation.

Top salesperson award

T-Systems' Johann Joubert was named Top Salesperson of the year, for his outstanding efforts in transforming hospital operations in the healthcare sector.

"Johann encapsulates the spirit of our customer centric drive," notes Harilal, "by deeply understanding our clients' needs, and adopting a partnership-based model, the team has achieved some astonishing results."

SAP's Partner managed Cloud (PMC) enables for innovative contracting models for the customer. T-Systems has used this to provide a price-per-bed opex model for Healthcare customers. This allows the hospital to get full value from the Healthcare platform, with minimal upfront technology investment.

This year's double-whammy of awards follows other recent SAP Partner Award successes. These include 2016's Southern Africa Industry Impact Award for its innovative healthcare template solution; and 2015's Finalist nomination in the Global SAP HANA Innovation Awards - for being among the first organisations in the world to implement the in-memory solution (at Transnet Freight Rail).

Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 151 million mobile customers, 30 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of 31 December 2014). The group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has approximately 228 000 employees worldwide. The group generated revenues of EUR 62.7 billion in the 2014 financial year - more than 60% of it outside Germany.


Deutsche Telekom considers the European business customer segment a strategic growth area. Deutsche Telekom offers small, medium-sized and multinational companies ICT solutions for an increasingly complex digital world. In addition to services from the cloud, the range of services is centred around M2M and security solutions, complementary mobile communications and fixed network products, and solutions for virtual collaboration and IT platforms, all of which forms the basis for its customers' digital business models.

With approximately 47,800 employees worldwide, T-Systems generated revenue of around EUR 8,6 billion in the 2014 financial year.

Since the inception of T-Systems in South Africa in 1997, the company has cemented its position as one of the most successful T-Systems companies outside of Europe. A leading ICT outsourcing service provider locally, T-Systems offers end-to-end ICT solutions in both the ICT Operations and Systems Integration markets. Their extensive portfolio of services covers the vertical, horizontal, IT and TC space. T-Systems South Africa's head office is located in Midrand with another major office in Cape Town, and 20 further representative offices in locations throughout southern Africa.

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T-Systems Thamsanqa Malinga (+27) 11 254 7400
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