SAP, which has been operating in Russia for more than 30 years, has announced its closure and closure of cloud services.
The developer of automated control systems will stop supporting and servicing its products in Russia and Belarus, but current customers will still be able to use the purchased products. Closing cloud services is a bit trickier: non-sanctioned companies are offered to either delete their data or move it to a data center outside the aggressor country.
According to SAP CEO Hasso Plattner, there are 1,300 employees in Russia. Some of them were offered to move.
“We are not yet doing this on a large scale for our employees, but there are some cases where some of our employees work from abroad.” — Luka Mucic, CFO of SAP
Last month, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed SAP with a request to “stop supporting its products in Russia.”
In addition, SAP has launched a program to support Ukrainian refugees. The company provided free access to its online business tool SAP Ariba Discovery and changed the configuration of the tool. Now, by clicking the “Support Ukraine” radio button, vendors can update their SAP Business Network profiles to declare their readiness to provide humanitarian assistance.
“In this difficult time, SAP Ariba Discovery will help customers connect with millions of companies in 190 countries through the SAP Business Network – post messages for free, reply for free.” – SAP
Similarly, any organization facing a shortage can declare its urgent needs and find suppliers who are ready to provide humanitarian assistance. SAP hopes that this will help speed up communication between the needy and suppliers who can deliver goods quickly and efficiently.