NTT DATA’s group company snaps up Sapphire

A wide angle view of an NTT DATA building, taken on an evening | NTT Sapphire

NTT DATA Business Solutions AG, a group company of NTT DATA and an SAP partner, has announced the acquisition of Sapphire Systems.

The step aims to support NTT DATA Business Solutions’ commitment to solidifying its leadership in the SAP midmarket sector, being a premier provider in the SAP SI market for major clients and an advanced digital operations solutions provider to mid-market customers.

UK-headquartered Sapphire provides digital operations software and services to mid-market customers in the US and UK markets through its partnerships with SAP, ServiceNow, Infor SunSystems, HxGN and AWS.

Norbert Rotter, CEO of NTT DATA Business Solutions and EVP NTT DATA, said: “We are excited to leverage the potential Sapphire offers to our global customers, especially their ServiceNow partnership capabilities. Sapphire’s expertise complements those of NTT DATA Business Solutions and will allow us to comprehensively serve the UK and US SME markets. In addition, the acquisition will contribute to increasing our market share in these two focus countries.

“Sapphire has a strong SAP knowledge in development and consulting, particularly in the area of finance and logistics. Together, we can even more effectively support our customers throughout their complete lifecycle.”

With the acquisition, more than 1,200 existing customers with an average seven-year relationship with Sapphire will move to the NTT/NTT DATA Group, according to the company. The merger of the two is expected to enhance Sapphire’s targeted global expansion.

Vince DeLuca, CEO of Sapphire, said: “The entire leadership team and I are energized by the prospects of becoming part of NTT DATA Business Solutions and what that does as we look to deliver digital transformation outcomes to our customers. The investment potential and global influence from this new leadership will empower us to scale internationally in unprecedented ways.

“This is a transformative opportunity for our entire team at Sapphire who have now become part of one of the world’s largest digital operations providers, and we are all excited to be embarking on this new journey together with our new colleagues at NTT DATA Business Solutions.”