German application software giant SAP is looking for experienced application developers, project managers, cloud computing experts, mobile developers and those with deep partner experience for its laboratory in Palo Alto, Calif., according to Dice News.
The news comes as a bit of surprise given that SAP is in the process of acquiring database and mobile technology company Sybase for $5.8 billion to more directly compete with Oracle. Generally when a major technology company is acquiring another one you do not see a lot of hiring. In fact, you usually see redundancies and the elimination of jobs--which I fully expect to see down the road. According to SAP, the addition of more workers in its lab is not being affected by the acquisition of Sybase.
"With a current staff of 2,000, SAP Labs plans to boost the personnel footprint in its Palo Alto office by adding 200 to 300 positions between now December, according to Managing Director Rami Branitzky, who calls the current IT jobs market in Silicon Valley "surprisingly robust." [...]"Our sense is that the job market as a whole is much improved, with some developers getting multiple job offers," Branitzky told Dice News. "We're looking to hire (meaning 'add') close to 10 to 15 percent of our current workforce between now and the end of the year.""
Here are 10 reasons why buying Sybase was a great move for SAP.
We will see what's in store for Sybase and SAP employees going forward. Sybase has roughly 4,200 employees; SAP has 48,000.