The work force is also growing at SAP. The company made nearly 2,000 new hires in the first half of the year, Chief Financial Officer Werner Brandt said. Research and development accounted for 772 of them, of which 63 percent were in low-cost locations, he said. Service and support accounted for a further 541, but only 30 percent of those hires were in low-cost locations.
In April the company predicted it would hire 3,000 over the full the year. Now, however, it expects employee numbers will increase by as many as 4,500 this year, Brandt said.
Kagermann said it's impossible to predict exactly where those hires will be made, as it depends on what products are in greatest demand, and where the company has the greatest competency for developing those products. Demand for business process platforms will bring jobs to Germany, while work on user interfaces will be done in the U.S. and on business suites for the mid-market in India, he said.