Fieldglass gets a boost from SAP acquisition

Sometimes an acquisition can be a drag on a fast-growing tech company as distractions, departures and bureaucracy take their toll.

Not for Fieldglass. The Chicago-based software company is doing better than ever under new owner Walldorf, Germany-based tech giant SAP, which bought Fieldglass two years ago for more than $1 billion.

Last year, Fieldglass added about 135 people companywide, about half in the Chicago area. This year, it expects to add about 200, with roughly 100 being hired locally, said Rob Brimm, a 12-year veteran and former head of sales who took over as president of SAP Fieldglass after founder Jai Shekhawat left last year.

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