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SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Enables the Intelligent Enterprise

Machine Learning is one of the mostly debated IT topics in recent times. Technological progress daily sees an increase in computing power, better algorithms and big data availability. This strongly encourages the development of applications, where the theoretical framework is actually put into practice.

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Innovation on the Rise at SAP

SAP's vision is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. A new eBook celebrates SAP’s unrelenting focus on innovation driving us into a bold new future. Have a look and discover the many facets of SAP as an innovation-driven company.

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Designing the Future of Work

It becomes increasingly important for companies to identify and manage non-monetary assets, such as knowledge, innovativeness, teamwork, and value-oriented conduct. Enterprise software must therefore be able to map not just financial metrics, but also intangible assets. The SAP Innovation Center Network aims at developing the right solutions for these requirements in the new “Future of Work” focus area.

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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

Blockchain – Establishing Trust in a Network-Driven World

With SAP Leonardo, SAP has announced a digital innovation system that meaningfully integrates next-generation technologies to help our customers redefine their business – including ready-to-use blockchain technology and our SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service.

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The Knowledge Workspace for the Digital Enterprise

Dealing with unforeseen incidents like demand deviation or shortage of supply on short notice is critical to a company’s success. Professionals across the globe are facing these kind of challenges every day and have to decide fast. The Knowledge Workspace provides an open environment and helps to navigate thoughtfully through the various stages of incident management by facilitating ad-hoc evaluations, comparisons, and promoting expedient discussions to solve the specific incident.

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SAP Product Lifecycle Costing

Companies today are highly focused on providing innovative, customer-driven products at the most competitive prices. Being able to quickly assess costs is hereby key. With SAP Product Lifecycle Costing, companies can now quickly identify cost drivers along the product lifecycle and easily simulate and compare alternatives by using the SAP HANA-based real-time calculation engine.

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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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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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"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.