German multinational software giant, SAP (German- Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung, In English-System Analysis and Program Development) recently launched Africa’s first ever SAP Co-Innovation Lab (COIL). The lab, located in Johannesburg South Africa, will offer a hands-on environment for SAP to collaborate with software solution partners, system integrators and technology partners on current and future technologies.
In 2007, SAP opened its first lab in Palo Alto and since then gone ahead to establish various SAP Co-Innovation Labs across the globe in the US East Coast, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, India, Singapore, China, South Korea, Japan – all of which boast interconnected operations, supported by cloud computing.
According to Brett Parker, Managing Director of SAP Africa
“Not only is innovation key to survival in today’s economy, but the speed at which you are able to transform is becoming increasingly critical. Far too often, great ideas are lost. Consequently, businesses are looking for smarter, quicker and more efficient ways to innovate.”
The key objective of this Lab is to provide a suitable environment, relevant technology and available expertise that ultimately boost Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit with rapid technology adoption.
Dr. Tanja Rueckert, Executive Vice President LoB Digital Assets and IoT ** at SAP SE, explained
“Co-Innovation links the innovative power of SAP and its ecosystem of partners to help our customers on the way to a true digital business. We are very happy to now be able to bring the proven model of the SAP Co-Innovation Labs to Africa.”
The launch reinforces SAP’s commitment to Africa, and its goal to drive both growth and entrepreneurship on the continent. “Particularly for the of Internet of Things (IoT) we see greatest potential to help Africa on the way to digitalization and that is why we have recently announced to even increase our commitment in the future by bringing an IoT Lab to Johannesburg.”, said Rueckert, “We are committed to provide the Digital Platform, leveraging IoT, Big Data, a Digital Core, Cloud Computing and Business Networks to enable capabilities relevant to growth in Africa,”
“Africa is a significant source of innovation with global relevance.” concludes Parker. “We are confident that the introduction of the first African SAP Co-Innovation Lab, with its ability to enable and, tangibly showcase the innovation and inventions by Africans, for Africans, will enable us to continue to improve lives through practical solutions, increase skills development. Ultimately the goal is to contribute to job creation by stimulating and driving entrepreneurship across the continent.”
Expansion of the lab network around the globe broadens the pool of talent working on solutions and brings a wide array of expertise and knowledge to the table.
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