SAP Profits Up 8 Percent

On Thursday, Kagermann said the SAP Americas executive appointed to take charge of TomorrowNow, Mark White, has terminated or suspended some employees involved in the matter. "He suspended the manager in charge of the business," Kagermann said. He did not name the manager but said later that it was not TomorrowNow CEO Andrew Nelson.

SAP wouldn't say how much money it has set aside to cover potential costs of the lawsuit, but it indicated that it was less than ,10 million.

Discussing SAP's growth, executives on the call said the U.S. would "remain strong" but would not grow as fast as in the past. Europe will continue to do well, but Asia, a relatively small part of SAP's business today, has become its "number-one growth engine for the future," Kagermann said.

The growth there is coming primarily from Japan, China and India, he said.

The company's business has seen a recovery in Japan driven by manufacturing, and SAP recently signed a global contract with Hitachi Ltd. In China, SAP has about 2,000 customers from all industry sectors, and the vast majority are Chinese rather than multinationals, he said.

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