SAP announced the opening of Africa’s first ever SAP Co-Innovation Lab (COIL). With a strong focus on collaboration, the lab offers a hands-on environment for SAP to innovate jointly with software solution partners, system integrators and technology partners on current and future technologies.
The aim of the lab is to increase competitive advantages, driven by greater efficiency and productivity on the African continent, with the ultimate goal to satisfy the demands of customers driven by digital transformation.
“Not only is innovation key to survival in today’s economy,” said Brett Parker, Managing Director of SAP Africa, “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.”
In the context of the digital revolution, the key objective of SAP Co-Innovation Labs is to provision a suitable environment, relevant technology and available expertise to assist partners and therefore, ultimately, customers, to transform good ideas into business-ready solutions, at a much quickened pace. Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit is well-known with rapid technology adoption such as mobile phones significantly enabling entrepreneurship across the continent.
“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.” Dr. Tanja Rueckert, Executive Vice President LoB Digital Assets and IoT at SAP SE, explained, “We are very happy to now be able to bring the proven model of the SAP Co-Innovation Labs to Africa.”
Since the inception of the first lab in Palo Alto in 2007, various SAP Co-Innovation Labs have already been established 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. 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.
Today’s launch reinforces SAP’s commitment to Africa, “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,”