* Number of cuts not yet definite - source
* SAP will also create jobs - source
* SAP had announced targeted cuts but no details
(Adds company comment, new jobs)
STUTTGART, Germany, May 15 German software
company SAP is planning to cut between 1,500 and 2,500
jobs as software programmes switch to the cloud, meaning fewer
onsite staff are required, a source said on Thursday.
SAP, which employs a total of around 67,000 people, had said
on Wednesday that there would be targeted job cuts, but declined
to say how many. A company spokesman declined to comment on
"The number is not yet definite and there are still checks
being made as to whether positions overlap or are unnecessary,"
the person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, adding
that the cuts would affect all regions and areas.
However, SAP also plans to create about 3,000 new jobs this
year, leading to a net increase in staff, the source said.
Cloud computing allows businesses to reduce their costs by
ditching bulky servers for network-based software in their own
offices and using remote data centres run by technology
companies such as SAP.
(Reporting by Ilona Wissenbach; Writing by Victoria Bryan;
Editing by Philipp Halstrick and Elaine Hardcastle)