In Asia, software license revenue in the fourth quarter was up 25 percent to €132 million from €105 million in the same period a year earlier. Full-year software revenue increased 25 percent to €363 million from €289 million.
"We had a strong year in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in China and Asia, " Apotheker said. "We have introduced marketing strategies in these regions to tap growth opportunities."
Sales in Japan are also recovering, he said, pointing to a 6 percent increase to €122 million in the fourth quarter
Although the percentage of sales growth SAP achieved in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region is below that of the Americas and Asia, Kagermann said the company was satisfied with the performance. SAP can hardly be expected to continuously post double-digit growth rates in markets, such as Germany, where the company already controls most of the market, he said.
Fourth-quarter license revenue in the EMEA region grew 8 percent to €626 million from €580 million. For the full year, revenue also grew 8 percent to €1.39 billion from €1.29 billion.
SAP employed 35,873 people at the end of the 2005, up 11 percent over the previous year.