Third-party SAP and Oracle software maintenance provider Rimini Street has hired an industry veteran Jill Harrison as European managing director to aid its expansion in the region.

Harrison, who worked for SAP, Siebel Systems and Infosys in a 28-year business software career, is now Rimini Street's managing director for the EMEA region.

For SAP, Harrison was responsible for establishing and growing the Business One product line in the UK, and "was recognised for outstanding sales achievements", said Rimini Street. During her tenure at Siebel Systems - later acquired by Oracle - Harrison was responsible for growing and managing the EMEA business. And at Infosys, Harrison led the European Oracle practice.

"I recognise the significant and growing demand for Rimini Street third-party support across the EMEA region from Oracle and SAP customers, who wish to maximise the return on current system investments without having to complete expensive upgrades just to stay supported," said Harrison.

Rimini Street said it had recently "significantly grown" its team of support engineers in EMEA and that it will also be adding more EMEA-based sales personnel to "meet accelerating regional demand".

Rimini Street says 65 organisations with EMEA operations currently use its support services, including Fortune 500 and Global 100 organisations.

Earlier this month Silicon Valley's Bridge Bank ploughed £10 million of funding into Rimini Street.

Rimini Street claims it can enable Oracle and SAP licensees to "save up to 90% on total support costs over a decade", including "saving 50% on annual support fees".

At its recent Sapphire user conference SAP countered that third-party maintenance firms targeting its software were avoided by most of its customers. It said they wanted full support for its most up to date products - which it claimed the likes of Rimini Street couldn't keep up with.