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Insights into innovation

What drives one of the world’s most innovative software companies? CDU General Secretary Peter Tauber drops by the SAP Innovation Center for a glimpse behind the scenes and to get an update on data-driven cancer research, the digital boardroom and sustainable real estate management.

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We combine the agility of a startup with the backbone of a global market leader. We explore untapped opportunities in software engineering and business with the goal to develop game-changing solutions.


Engineering excellence meets entrepreneurial spirit: We foster strong teams and develop solutions jointly with customers and partners from business, academia, and the startup industry, applying Design Thinking and other novel approaches.

Go to Market

We turn creative thinking into innovative solutions with market impact. Following an end-to-end responsibility approach for our projects, we aim to deliver scalable solutions with a short time to market.

Projects At a Glance

SAP Medical Research Insights

Successful cancer treatment and research require fast and profound decisions based on the patient's medical history. Current hospital IT landscapes consist of a multitude of heterogeneous databases without the ability of integrating relevant information into a holistic, patient-centric view. With SAP Medical Research Insights, we provide an application that will make it easier and more efficient for oncologists to fulfill their information needs.

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SAP Digital Boardroom

One of the greatest challenges for executives is having an up-to-date, harmonized view of their enterprise. Typically this is due to the complexity that is inherent in large companies. The Boardroom concept transforms executive meetings from one-way presentations based on static media to interactive discussions based on real-time facts. It provides a unique experience where users can literally touch and play with enterprise data. Decisions can be supported with instant analysis of the actual situation, while being able to simulate potential strategies.

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The In-Memory Revolution

In this book, Hasso Plattner and Bernd Leukert explain the next generation of business applications and the theory, technology, and practice behind in-memory databases - the engine on which completely new applications can be based. Numerous real-world examples are presented illustrating the disruptive potential of this technology and the quantum leap it has facilitated in terms of simplicity, flexibility, and speed for new applications. The Innovation Center Network supported this book as the editor-in-chief.

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SAP Real Estate Cockpit

The SAP Real Estate Cockpit is a flexible dashboard solution, which leverages the in-memory database SAP HANA in order to enable real estate managers and other users to analyze the efficiency of buildings in real time and in a role-based, easy-to-consume manner. The solution was developed at the SAP Innovation Center in Potsdam in co-innovation with customers and the SAP Design and Co-Innovation Center, and was released to customers in Q1 2015.

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Smart Cities - How SAP Helps Clear Traffic Jams

Smart Traffic is one of the strategic pillars to reach the global sustainability and carbon footprint targets, and ultimately to lead to high quality of urban life. Together with the city of Nanjing, we intensively explore concepts and technical avenues to successfully meet current and future mobility needs.

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Empowering Startups

The SAP Innovation Center Network is a strong supporter for startups, serving as an entry point for your startup into the SAP ecosystem. Looking at your specific situation, we provide you with information about the existing engagement options and help you choosing the most relevant ones for your startup.

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"We have a heterogeneous

team here, in this sense it's a

tiny version of Berlin."

Meet the Team


Ulrich—who works as an architect for our SAP Innovation Management solution—is always curious about learning something new. Having worked for SAP for quite some time, Ulrich brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the team.

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Raja’s unique educational background in both Communications and Computer Science is one of the things that allows her to approach her job as a User Experience Designer from multiple perspectives. This allows her to collaborate with her teams and customers in the most effective ways possible.

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Daniel is of half Singaporean, half German descent. Inspired by his mother, who has been working as a software engineer, Daniel started experimenting with coding languages as a teenager. Today, he does research in machine learning and natural language processing while successfully leading his team in several Smart Cities projects in Singapore.

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About us

As part of the Products & Innovation organization within SAP, the Innovation Center Network combines the best of two worlds: the creativity and agility of a startup with the backbone of a world market leader in business software. We connect teams around the globe working on a diverse range of projects while following the same approach to innovation. Throughout the different teams we foster the collaboration of engineers, designers, product experts, and business developers who are driven by a common mindset: be bold, be honest, be critical, be customer-focused, and most importantly, enjoy their work.

In the startup-like environment, we explore unconventional ideas and develop inspiring proof of concepts. We strive to open up new markets for SAP software, ranging from personalized cancer therapy to smart traffic solutions. Moreover, we bring user-centric innovation into SAP's core solutions, such as in the field of finance. We challenge the state of the art in computer science and its applied fields in order to provide foresight into future trends. For these missions, we need the brightest minds. Coming from various cultural and academic backgrounds, our highly skilled teams bring top-notch programming expertise combined with a good deal of out-of-the-box thinking to the table.

The Innovation Center Network, which focuses on exploring new concepts and aiming for success in new markets, has attracted many co-innovation partners wanting to work on disruptive business ideas. As taught by the Design Thinking methodology, the users of our software are at the heart of everything we do. As the future end users, colleagues from our partner companies are indispensable members of our teams for the entire runtime of a project – from ideation to providing 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 to early stage startups.