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SAP opens Co-Innovation Lab in Singapore

Zafar Anjum | March 14, 2013
It is SAP’s the fourth Co-Innovation Lab in Asia Pacific, focused on solutions for the mobile and real-time business networks

SAP has opened the fourth SAP Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) in Asia Pacific charged with accelerating co-innovation within the SAP partner ecosystem, the enterprise software solutions provider announced on 13 March.

This lab is part of the company's global R&D network and it offers a hands-on environment for SAP, partners and customers to work together on current and future technologies, said the company in a statement today.

The Co-Innovation Lab Singapore is located at SAP's Asia headquarters in Singapore. It joins a global network of existing co-innovation facilities in Palo Alto (California, USA), São Paulo (Brazil), Walldorf (Germany), Moscow (Russia), Bangalore (India), Shanghai (China) and Tokyo (Japan).

SAP said this facility focuses on major technology trends such as cloud computing, mobility, big data analytics and in-memory computing.

"As a truly global network, SAP Co-Innovation Lab will leverage expertise from around the world in order to facilitate co-innovation in an optimal way here in Singapore," explained Dr. Axel Saleck, vice president and Head of Global SAP Co-Innovation Lab Network. "While each lab provides infrastructure, tools and expertise to prototype innovative ideas and create full-scale product prototypes, it is the orchestration among the labs and their co-location with SAP R&D or major SAP field offices, that brings along unique benefits for companies who strive to innovate at the cutting edge and extend their current market reach. Singapore is a centre of attraction for such companies and therefore the perfect place for the new SAP Co-Innovation Lab."

"Co-Innovation Labs help our customers to get accelerated value from the latest innovation and technology through our ecosystem. SAP is an open innovator and our commitment to expand partner innovation is evidenced by the establishment of the fourth Co-Innovation Lab in Asia Pacific Japan. This investment will help to accelerate co-innovation within the SAP ecosystem and create a vibrant network of companies with expertise in SAP solutions throughout the region," said Bronwyn Hastings, senior vice president, SAP Ecosystem & Channels, Asia Pacific Japan.

Partners supporting the lab

SAP Co-Innovation Lab Singapore is supported by key technology partners Cisco, Intel, NetApp and VMware. Each company provided its latest generation of hardware and software products to the facility's computing centre, which operates its own private cloud as well as the SAP HANA in-memory platform.

Co-Innovation Lab Singapore has already helped Singapore-based startup ZelRealm Interactive improve their solution, said the company. They developed Sogamo to help game developers optimise and better monetise their online games. Similarly, YFind Technologies, a Singapore-based company, is collaborating with SAP R&D and SAP Co-Innovation Labs to build a product that enables mobile shopping and checkout in retail stores and creates a social network in the supply chain in order to personalise offers and sense demands from customers in real-time for upstream suppliers.


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