Welcome to the SAP
Innovation Center!

  • The Real Estate Cockpit

    The Real Estate Cockpit

    In a co-innovation project, Siemens and SAP have developed a prototype solution, which enables real estate managers and other users to analyze the efficiency of buildings in real-time. Read More »

  • The Other Hackathon

    The Other Hackathon

    Together with the Berlin Geekettes, a network for women in IT, we organized a different kind of hackathon - an event dedicated to women in tech to showcase female IT talent! Read More »

  • Soccer’s Secret Weapon: High Tech

    Soccer’s Secret Weapon: High Tech

    In an area as competitive as professional soccer, teams are always looking for new tools to help them improve their performance. Learn about our co-innovation projects with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and the DFB and how we support them to enhance the performance of their teams! Read More »

  • Diversity Week 2014

    Diversity Week 2014

    We are proud to have over 20 nationalities represented within our teams, as well colleagues with varied social-, cultural- and academic backgrounds. In the spirit of the German Diversity Day, we will be posting various insights from our colleagues on diversity throughout this week. Read More »

Find out more about our projects

Technology

Technology

The SAP HANA platform serves as the technological foundation for almost all of our projects. Therefore, we constantly work with other teams at SAP to add innovative features to the platform. At the same time, we develop new tools and work on programming models to make developers’ lives easier

Healthcare

Healthcare

Time is of the essence – especially in healthcare! In a number of co-innovation projects, the SAP Innovation Center takes on some of the toughest IT-related challenges that come with the emergence of big medical data in order to help pave the way for a real-time personalized medicine

New Markets

New Markets

One of our most prominent tasks is to open up new application areas for SAP software, especially for the in-memory platform SAP HANA, as well as SAP’s Cloud and Mobile portfolio. Take a look at some of those projects from areas, where one would not necessarily expect SAP

Startups

Startups

The SAP Innovation Center empowers startups in tackling their big data challenge with the in-memory platform SAP HANA. We are committed to support startups in developing breakthrough applications on top of SAP HANA and get their solutions market-ready in only a few months.

Core Markets

Core Markets

We bring user-centric innovation into solutions from SAP’s flagship product family, the SAP Business Suite. With SAP HANA as the technology platform, we provide these core solutions with real-time capabilities. Further, we put a lot of emphasis on the user interface to take the solutions to whole new levels.

Get to know our team!

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet some of the diverse and creative people behind the job at the SAP Innovation Center, learn about their backgrounds and what drives them.

Open Positions

Open Positions

You are a student, graduate or professional  wanting to work on latest technologies and applications? Then check out our current postings and join our team!

Events

Events

There are plenty of opportunities to get to know us personally, at technology fairs, SAP in-house events or our very own events. Learn more!

About the
SAP Innovation Center

Cars, garden tools, firewood and junk of all kinds – this usually comes to mind when thinking about a garage. In the IT industry, the word garage evokes different connotations: creativity, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, successful startups. After all, industry giants such as Apple, HP and SAP once started off small - in a garage, or in the case of SAP, a small house in Weinheim in 1972. However, “back to the roots” would be an insufficient mission statement for the SAP Innovation Center – the first of its kind worldwide. Founded in February 2011 as part of the Products& Innovation organization headed by SAP Executive Board member Bernd Leukert, with one team in Potsdam, and one in Walldorf, it combines the best of both worlds: the creativity and agility of a garage startup and the backbone of a world market leader in business software.
In our day to day work, this is reflected by a couple of guiding principles: as taught by the Design Thinking methodology, the users of our software are at the heart of everything we do. After all, our task is to come up with solutions that help people better manage challenges in their daily business or private lives. As the future end users, our colleagues from our partner companies are indispensable members of our teams for the entire runtime of a project – from ideation to having a ready solution. We believe that this is co-innovation as it should be. Our partners come from various industries and companies of all sizes, from longstanding SAP customers like Charité to early stage startups with no SAP footprint (yet).
[youtube_sc url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfNVNeyPZpE "]With a focus on the in-memory platform SAP HANA, SAP’s cloud and mobile portfolio, we strive to open up new application areas for SAP software which range from personalized cancer therapy to online gaming. For that, we need the brightest minds. Coming from various cultural and academic backgrounds, our highly skilled full-time employees bring a lot of programming expertise combined with a good deal of out of the box thinking to the table. And so do the students and researchers from our partners in research and academia, like the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering, the Berlin universities, the Fraunhofer Institutes, Stanford University or the MIT. This constant input and exchange ensures that we keep up with the latest trends and groundbreaking research concepts to ultimately turn them into software solutions with a real-world impact.In such a fast-paced industry as the IT, short innovation cycles are a must. This is why our projects have runtimes of only a few months on average. Once a prototype solution is up and running at our partner organization, technologically advanced and fun to use, the time is right to hand over to other units in the wider SAP development organization to turn our prototypes into market-ready products. It goes without saying, that our colleagues need to be involved from the very beginning. Last but not least, we recognize that every project is different. Therefore, our working model is kept flexible to adapt to those individual requirements. Static processes have no room at the Innovation Center. Neither do risk aversion and fear of failure. Because it’s not just the triumphs but also the failures and lessons we derive from them, which pave the way to success. This is the mentality that we practice, just like any successful startup. [youtube_sc url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rMNnZVvI9A"]

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