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Driven by innovation

SAP has continuously evolved by moving to a client-server architecture, revolutionizing data management with SAP HANA, and connecting experience with operations. Future-proofing our customers’ business and building systems that provide a foundation for growth and innovation is in our DNA.

Envisioning the future of enterprise IT

Our customers are solving the world’s hardest problems. We can provide you with the infrastructure to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Our vision of the future of enterprise IT is simple – software must be hyper-personalized, modular in nature, and support outcome-based business models.

Human-Centered Approach to Innovation

Turn ideas into innovative solutions with a unique approach that balances people, process, and technology

Improve customer experiences and employee productivity by focusing on user requirements with our human-centered approach to innovation.

Future-proofing businesses

Support for new ventures and technologies

To drive long-term transformation, the New Ventures and Technologies (NVT) organization at SAP scouts problems that will become relevant in 5-10 years. Within NVT, the SAP Innovation Center Network teams explore the business impact of emerging technologies, and the SAP.iO Venture Studio team identifies commercial opportunities in the SAP ecosystem with the ultimate goal of driving long-term transformation and future-proofing SAP.

What's next? How enterprises should approach recovery

In this white paper, our New Ventures and Technologies unit discusses COVID-19’s long-term impact on megatrends that were used as inputs to business strategies before the pandemic and proposes alternate strategies that can be adapted to create value for businesses, their customers, and their partners. 

SAP Labs Network

Situated in high tech regions of the world, SAP Labs Network are global research and development centers that focus on developing leaner, faster, and more efficient solutions.

Customer co-innovation

The ability to innovate is critical to business growth. However, the fast pace of our technology-based and interconnected world requires us to work closer together than ever before. We put our customers at the center to identify the big problems of tomorrow, realize unforeseen opportunities, and create competitive advantages with the help of technology.

SAP Next-Gen

SAP Next-Gen is a community for youth all over the world who are passionate about innovation and technology and want to shape the intelligent enterprise as future decision-makers.

Co-innovation with SAP

The Partner Innovation Lifecycle Services team helps partners transform ideas into innovative, market-ready solutions. This global organization works with partners to plan, build, test, certify, operate, and deliver new innovative solutions that carry the "Co-Innovated with SAP" designation.

SAP Co-Innovation Lab

The global SAP Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) network facilitates project-based co-innovation with its members, enhancing the capabilities of SAP's partner and customer ecosystem through a worldwide network of expertise and best-in-class technologies and platforms.

SAP Experience Centers

Our SAP Experience Center locations offer a unique environment for customers and prospects to build a long-term business strategy through a collaborative partnership with SAP.

SAP programs for startups

Small teams can have an oversized impact. SAP helps innovators inside and outside SAP build products, find customers, and foster progress. We help turn innovative ideas into business-ready solutions.


The SAP.iO program is growing a generation of revolutionary software businesses in the SAP ecosystem, which support visionary startups leveraging SAP’s data, APIs, and technologies to build products, find customers, and change industries.

Open access research publications

Research publications from SAP

SAP is actively participating in collaborative research – both publicly-funded and SAP-funded bilateral projects – with several universities across the globe. Research topics include security, Big Data, AI and machine learning, the future of work, the future of energy, and personalized health.

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Careers at SAP

At SAP, we flourish in an environment that encourages open, free expression of ideas. You'll work alongside creative thinkers who turn big ideas into reality for our customers. And with innovative job training, mentors to help you grow, and flexibility to balance work and personal life, you get more out of your career, too.

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