India\u2019s Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will help businesses migrate to Web-based applications from SAP under an agreement that expands the two companies\u2019 existing cooperation. TCS, India\u2019s largest outsourcer, is becoming the first Asian company to join the SAP Global Partner Services program, SAP said Tuesday at its European Sapphire customer event in Paris. The Mumbai company, which provides systems integration and application services to companies around the globe, employs more than 2,200 people with significant SAP expertise. In addition to helping companies with the migration SAP\u2019s enterprise service-oriented architecture, it will also help deploy SAP Business One to small subsidiaries of large corporations. "Tata is an important partner for many reasons; the company has a strong footprint in India and other Asia markets where SAP aims to grow, and it has a huge global IT infrastructure," said SAP spokesman Bill Wohl.In its fiscal year ending March 31, Tata posted revenue of nearly US$3 billion.In an interview earlier this month, SAP Chief Executive Officer Henning Kagermann said the company is exploring ways to increase its market position in India and China. The expanded collaboration with Tata appears to be a key step in that direction.-John Blau, IDG News ServiceFor related news coverage, read SAP CEO Wants Co. to Remain Independent, SAP Reaches Out to Chinese, Brazilian Users, Whirlpool Whirls into Web Services and Q&A: SAP Looks to Replicate U.S. Success.Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.