A press release by Kenyan SevenSeas Technologies (SST) has announced a new joint venture between the company and Zimbabwe’s Twenty Third Century Systems (TTCS). The joint venture between the two companies will see the founding of a SAP business solutions firm called Twenty Third Century Systems Kenya (TTCSK).
TTCS Zimbabwe is currently Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest SAP solutions provider outside South Africa. According to the release SST is rated Kenya’s fastest information technology solutions provider. In addition to providing SAP solutions to businesses in East Africa, the new joint venture will also see the founding of a SAP Talent Academy in Kenya.
SST founder and CEO, Mike Machaira has said that the move is meant to drive the pan African expansion of the two companies cost effectively.
TTCS Zimbabwe already has experience in international markets having completed successful SAP projects in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Botswana, Bahrain and Kenya itself.
The move is also part of SAP’s more aggressive drive into the African continent as a strategy for the next 5 years. Commenting on the new venture, TTCS CEO, Ellman Chanakira is quoted in the release:
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. This venture between us and SevenSeas Technologies is a culmination of a long but fruitful journey to seek a suitable partner in the East Africa market who shares our passion for world class service delivery.
Going forward, SST has revealed that it is considering setting up operations in Harare in a return investment bid.