Kenya's Seven Seas Technologies, has unveiled a joint investment partnership with Zimbabwe's Twenty Third Century Systems (TTCS) to spearhead the rollout of SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions in East Africa. Announcing their joint venture this morning at the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, the two campanies stated that the joint firm will be trading under the brand name Twenty Third Century Systems Kenya (TTCSK).

The union between SST and TTCS is geared at facilitating SAP's market expansion plans in the continent. The venture is also expected to herald the dawn of a new era in specializes systems trainings as the firm gears up to unveil an SAP Talent Academy here in Nairobi.

Speaking at the launch of the joint venture, Seven Seas Technologies CEO Mr. Mike Macharia and TTCS Zimbabwe CEO Mr. Ellman Chanakira, said the joint investment between the two firms is geared at cost effectively driving the two firm's Pan African expansion drive. Mr Macharia also announced his firms intention to set up shop in Zimbabwe by co-investing with TTCS.

"The launch of Twenty Third Century Systems Kenya as a joint venture between Seven Seas Technologies and Twenty Third Century Systems is a major milestone geared at complementing our mutual service delivery capacities to further drive shareholder value and deepen business solutions capacity," says Macharia. And Added:

"Twenty Third Century Systems Kenya will act as a specialized business solutions provider with specialist SAP Enterprise Resource Planning solutions delivery capacity."

On his part, Mr Chanakira said the investment between TTCS and SST has been designed to transform the East Africa regional IT industry by offering and deploying world class technology solutions.

The move he added is also part of TTCS ongoing restructuring strategy to take advantage of an aggressive drive into Africa by SAP in the next five years.

"Our mandate is to help organizations re-establish global competitiveness and thereby accelerate development initiatives in and outside Africa through interventions with both private and public entities. From the knowledge and experience we have gained from different assignments on the African continent, we have developed a keen awareness of how to successfully accomplish the business aims of our customers," Chanakira said.

Hon. Samuel Poghisio, Minister of Information and Communication and the Chief guest at the event said: "TTCSK and SST will offer Kenya's ICT industry skilled expertise, they will help develop capacity through trainings and create employment opportunities at this time when Kenya is experiencing a great digital promise", said Hon. Samuel Poghisio, Minister for Information and Communication during the official launch of TTCSK.

He later mentioned that the ICT Sector is a key catalyst in accelerating socio-economic development in the country, and Kenya seeks leverage in this sector for economic growth as stipulated in Vision 2030 goals.

As SAP's largest resource partner in Africa, Twenty Third Century Systems features more than 100 full time consultants and has successfully completed key projects in over 10 countries. The company currently has resource capacity to deploying SAP 'All-in-One' (A1) applications in companies with turnover of between US$ 2.5 -- 50m.

For large enterprises with a turnover of more than USD 50m, TTCS works closely with SAP in deploying solutions to large enterprises such as governments, oil and gas companies, utilities and related companies.

The firm's key strength is in Tax and Revenue Management, Business Intelligence, Financials, Customer Relationship Management, Procurement, Sales and Distribution, Banking and Human resources. Being a Pan African company, registered in Zimbabwe and the only SAP Gold partner in that market it has made tremendous inroads in the local and regional technology markets.

The company has extensive experience in Africa and the Middle East, with successful projects in countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritius, Malawi, Rwanda, Kenya, Botswana, and Bahrain.

The announcement of the new firm comes in the wake of major developments in the ICT sector in Kenya, with an increase in mobile phone and Internet penetration, and increased awareness and access to software products.