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Zim firm forays into Kenyan market

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 11- A Zimbabwean IT firm has forayed into the Kenyan market by partnering with a local firm to provide a wide range of business solutions to both private and public organisations.

Twenty Third Century Systems (TTCS) has entered into a joint venture with Seven Seas Technologies to form an outfit to be known as ‘Twenty Third Century Systems Kenya Limited’ through which they plan to rollout SAP business solutions.

“Indeed, the co-investment by the two leading Pan-African technology firms augurs well for regional cooperation especially in the area of SAP ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solutions which will be the joint ventures area of expertise,” said TTCS Chief Executive Officer Ellman Chanakira.

The two firms hope to use their competitive edge to facilitate an aggressive SAP’s market expansion in the continent.

The Harare-based company boasts vast experience gained from implementing SAP assignments across Africa in the last 15 years while Seven Seas brings to the table its expertise and success in complex system integration projects in East Africa.

“Our mandate is to help the organisations re-establish global competitiveness and thereby accelerate development initiatives in and outside Africa through interventions with both private and public entities,” added Mr Chanakira.

His East African partner believes that the partnership will also lead to the timely delivery of projects.

“The investments by the two companies will not only help bring improved SAP support services to East Africa but will also lead to faster implementation of programmes driven by the availability of a broader set of resources available for customers,” Seven Seas boss Mike Macharia emphasised.

With the setting up of this company, local IT graduates should also expect to benefit by working for the two technology firms and gaining the requisite skills and capacity they require to grow.

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About 15 students will soon be hired and there’s a possibility of employing more as they continue to extend their reach within the country.

In recognition of the skills shortage that Kenya like other African countries faces, the firms are mulling the setting up of a SAP talent academy with the aim of impacting skills to university students.

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