INNOVATION THROUGH RESEARCH, CO-INNOVATION, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
SAP Research is the global technology research unit of SAP, with a network of 13 research centers worldwide. The group significantly contributes to SAP's product portfolio and extends its leading position in the market by identifying and shaping emerging IT trends and generating breakthrough technologies through applied research.
In contrast to SAP's product groups and development labs that work on new functions and releases, the researchers explore opportunities that haven't yet been developed into products.
The business model of SAP Research is based on co-innovation through collaborative research. In collaboration with leading universities, partners, customers, and SAP product groups, SAP Research drives the development of promising ideas and prototypes into market-ready software for maximum customer value. To that end, customers are involved early on in the research process through special Lighthouse Projects. Meanwhile, dedicated "Living Labs" demonstrate technological research in real-world settings – turning prospective SAP solutions into tangible experiences.