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About SAP Co-Innovation Lab

Have you ever wondered how many liters of water it takes to create one liter of mineral water? Or what happens when you have to stop a sugar mill because there is a shortage in the delivery of sugar cane? Can a repair center safely retread a particular truck tire without impacting the tire warranty?

Collaborate with SAP and its ecosystem to deliver tangible innovation that answers questions that really matter. The SAP Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) is the place to go to get you started. Benefit from more than 12 years of experience in ecosystem innovation.

The SAP Co-Innovation Lab provisions and delivers co-innovation services and project environments from currently 16 locations worldwide. Each location uniquely reflects regional nuances while offering the same degree of professionalism and co-innovation experience.

SAP Co-Innovation project highlights

Localizing healthcare for Africa

COIL Africa supported the new SAP partner Converge Solutions in creating a localized version of the SAP Healthcare offering to the requirements of the African market thus offering a fully integrated solution covering the back-office and clinical demands of the healthcare industry.

Keeping highways safe

In the joint project TWAREG with COIL EMEA North, not-for-profit organization GS1 developed a solution for tire life cycle management. The solution includes tire warranty, retread guidance, and tracking, and it uses radio frequency identification (RFID) as well as blockchain to identify overused truck tires and approve tire repair. 

Sustainably sourcing mineral water

In a joint effort COIL Germany and COIL Africa supported German SAP partner INTENSE AG in the creation of a an IoT-based solution on SAP Cloud Platform that allows German company Gerolsteiner, a prominent producer of mineral water and mineral water-based beverages, to optimize the volume of mineral water it draws from its springs.

Projects and events

Interested in the sorts of project work done at SAP Co-Innovation Lab around the world? Our searchable and filterable archive includes comments from partners about completed projects and the goals, objectives, and outcomes. You'll also find a directory of past events.



As a COIL sponsor, Cisco and SAP contribute to the lab for joint engineering efforts and for customers to test, validate, size, and govern all of their SAP applications. COIL uses and features the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), and interconnected with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI), the facility adapts quickly to accommodate new applications and configurations with programmable, policy based infrastructure.

Cisco at COIL contributes to big data design and deployment using Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data, the first reference architecture for HANA Vora. Through COIL, Cisco and SAP engineers can often deploy an entire SAP application — a process that can often take months — in mere hours.


Intel®, a world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies and initiatives to advance how people work and live. Intel and SAP have a long and productive history of working together to drive co-innovation initiatives through the SAP Co-Innovation Lab. Intel technologies, platforms, and tools enable next-generation SAP solutions, with the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family serving as the reference design platform for SAP HANA.

Known worldwide for its processors, Intel goes well beyond, inventing at the boundaries of technology to make amazing experiences possible for business, society, and every person. Harnessing the capability of the cloud, the ubiquity of the Internet of Things, the latest advances in memory and programmable solutions, and the promise of always-on connectivity, Intel is disrupting industries and solving global challenges.

Through close collaboration, SAP and Intel help customers make better, more informed decisions by simplifying IT landscapes, redefining enterprise applications, automating analytics, and transforming mission-critical enterprises with the power and performance needed to take advantage of big data, cloud, mobility, and the Internet of Things (IoT).Learn more about Intel


NetApp is an SAP Global Technology Partner and a founding partner for SAP COIL Global Labs, and has been a co-innovation partner in HEC, S4/HANAaaS w/Azure, HANA SP3, LaMA (LVM), HCP & Success-Factors. NetApp has 17 years experience working with SAP, more than 2,600 SAP customers, and partners closely with Cisco, Accenture, SAP Consulting, Fujitsu, Microsoft, AWS and others.

Organizations using SAP need a data foundation that’s proven enterprise class and protocol agnostic allowing access across hybrid cloud storage platforms for optimal value, performance and real-time insights, as well as continuous data protection. The NetApp solution for SAP can deliver validated solutions to complete SAP projects in less time with less resources, and lower delivery risk while at the same time allowing flexibility to meet future business needs.

The NetApp solutions for SAP and SAP HANA provide uninterrupted real-time data access, multi-tenancy and accelerated ramp-up and on boarding of projects or data, greatly reduced on going operational costs to propel your business forward. Learn more about NetApp's portfolio of solutions for SAP on its website.


SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, interoperable Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 20 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help their customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. Through SUSE's close collaboration with SAP, customers worldwide benefit from tight integration of products and services as well as comprehensive operating system service and support options. SUSE helps lower the costs of customers' SAP deployments by using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications, the #1 Linux platform for SAP applications.


VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology, accelerates digital transformation by enabling unprecedented freedom and flexibility in how customers build and evolve IT environments. With VMware solutions, organizations are improving business agility by modernizing data centers and integrating public clouds, driving innovation with modern apps, creating exceptional experiences by empowering the digital workspace, and safeguarding customer trust by transforming security. VMware is a member of the Dell Technologies family of businesses. Learn more about vmware on their website.

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