Altron Bytes, SAP in Industry 4.0 skills deal

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South African-owned business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions company Altron Bytes People Solutions has partnered with German-based enterprise software company SAP to train South Africans and Africans with Industry 4.0 skills.

Industry 4.0 is the trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing. Industry 4.0 is commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution.

"Companies can no longer deal with training solutions that are stuck in the '80s. They need to future-skill their employees to make sure they adopt the new Industry 4.0 way of working and adapt to the constantly developing digital environment," says Pieter Nel, executive for learning solutions at Altron Bytes People Solutions.

"Taking into account that companies incorporating new technologies such as cloud solutions is the third highest factor impacting their businesses currently, and one which is ever-evolving, we are now providing a key service offering that is not just about learning. It is a game-changing and dynamic training solution that encompasses local and global partnerships with a focus on optimising business applications used by employees on a constant and consistent basis."

Nel points out this training solution project is being launched with key partners for the first time in Africa. He notes it will be only the fourth time SAP will roll this initiative out globally.

"Altron Bytes People Solutions has proven itself to be a leader in bringing electronic performance support to market in South Africa, and has a unique skill-set in this area," says Alan Brazier, head of indirect channels and business development, SAP Education EMEA.

"These skills and Altron's experience with SAP customers make them an ideal choice to be the first partner to offer 'content-as-a-service' solutions based on the SAP Enable Now platform to our customers in the region. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Altron Bytes People Solutions in growing this new approach to end-user enablement."

SAP Enable Now is a collaborative content authoring, management and sharing platform that supports instructor-led training, self-directed learning and online performance support for SAP and non-SAP systems.

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