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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.

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The SAP Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) is a global network of SAP product and innovation labs found in 15 locations around the world. It provides capable and productive spaces where the industry's top minds can work together on the most pressing business challenges customers face in the digital era, bringing together the elements needed to make co-innovation among partners and customers successful. Using a co-innovation as a service platform, COIL engages the SAP ecosystem to successfully create and enable high-value, co-innovated business solutions.

Both customers and partners benefit from co-innovation. For customers, it can mean solving problems faster and increasing business agility. For partners, it creates new business, fosters growth, drives brand visibility, and helps build alliances.

COIL provides a scalable and extensible way to operationalize co-innovation project work. Its integrated set of capabilities and methods helps participating project teams prioritize and manage the technical complexities and risk inherent in trying to solve tough business problems. Co-innovation provides a viable way to solve complex problems that a single firm might otherwise be too risk adverse to tackle alone.

Collaboration through co-innovation creates an opportunity to combine resources among partners engaged in co-innovation initiatives and can help participating firms reach new industries and markets. The COIL project portfolio focuses on IoT and machine learning projects as part of the digital assets and IoT line of business. It also enables additional projects focusing on AI, cybersecurity, mobility, big data analytics, cloud, virtual and augmented reality, and high performance computing.

COIL offers an integrated set of capabilities and methods, providing space, a private cloud infrastructure, legal framework, plus knowledge brokering and operations expertise to support a broad portfolio of co-innovation project work.

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To engage with the SAP Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) means you are likely involved with trying to transform a good idea into an executable innovation that delivers measurable business value. You may even lead an experienced and agile innovation team with hands-on experience fully capable to solve a difficult business problem through co-innovation. But COIL offers the broad help required to solve challening problems, offering:

  • Sourcing, Installing, configuring, managing and supporting all compute, storage and network resources required to enable development of a software solution
  • Licensed access to all SAP productive software and systems to fulfill innovation project requirements
  • A bi-lateral legal framework crafted specifically to support the management of background and foreground IP for the sake of pursuing projects, contributing to creation of valuable co-innovated solutions
  • Discovery, set up and management of both physical and virtual project workspaces and collaboration resources

The co-innovation operations and enablement team delivers co-innovation services designed to abstract away the complexity of IT provisioning and change management. Eliminates the guesswork for how to manage IP to support co-innovation project work with partners and customers and providing knowledge brokering of connections to connect the project team to key subject matter and domain experts. Additional effort is made to ensure execution of all planned output from the project like white papers, performance characterization, demonstrations and live events.

For nearly a decade, SAP Partners and aspiring partners alike have benefitted from COIL project membership. COIL can help you transition your ideas and goals into actionable SOW-based project work using a multi-phased COIL methodology delivered through its co-innovation as a service platform. COIL provides its sponsor and member lab participants with a structured and guided global approach to produce innovative solutions with shorter time to market by COIL at reduced risk.

Ready to take the innovation conversation to the next step?

Contact COIL today to discover how to reach your innovation goals and begin turning the art of the possible into successful commercial innovation. 

SAP Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) provides an array of provisioning and consulting services to organizations interested in pursuing co-innovation with SAP and its ecosystem. Its co-innovation as a service platform includes a collection of project services and operational capability comprised of an IP management framework, knowledge brokering, operations and project management, and collaborative methods augmented with both physical and virtual tools and collaborative workspace, providing a unique marketing channel to showcase SAP ecosystem and co-innovation project results.

  • Infrastructure: Software, hardware and networking equipment organized and standardized to automatically create and manage physical and virtualized co-innovation workspaces to support multiple concurrent projects on a mixed SAP and non-SAP landscape.
  • Project management: Includes defining a project’s scope, objectives and processes for collaboration and managerial resources to facilitate the project´s execution. On top of this, consulting during co-innovating, serving with business development activities and showcasing the result to a wide audience are additional measures to support.
  • Knowledge brokering: Acting as a smart interface to SAP and its ecosystem, COIL operation leads through extensive knowledge brokering support project teams to identify and connect with Subject matter and domain expertise. This includes the gathering of knowledge unique to the software, systems, and technologies used within the project. SAP COIL brokers the knowledge desired of COIL project teams from internal sources or from within the SAP ecosystem.
  • Intellectual property management: Dedicated legal resources for specifying contract provisions aimed at promoting collaboration and trust among parties by means of bilateral agreements enabling co-innovation. 

SAP has a large, rich and vibrant ecosystem of partners and customers and continuously taps into this raw innovation current through a multitude of innovation programs and initiatives. As such, the SAP Co-Innovation Lab enables dozens of compelling projects each year. These three featured cases provide a glimpse into co-innovation projects all sharing an interest to create solutions encompassing the Internet of Things. 

Tech Mahindra: Fresh Produce End to End Digital Supply Chain (FEEDS)

Tech Mahindra offers innovative and customer-centric information technology services and solutions. The company collaborated with SAP at the SAP Co-Innovation Lab to develop a revolutionary initiative to manage the food supply chain, enabling companies to transport farm-grown produce and deliver it as fresh as if it were grown locally. FEEDS enables business collaboration, and maintains product quality and freshness, while providing a 15-20% reduction in losses and waste.

  • Reacting to Needs: Fresh produce delivery faces the challenge of lacking real-time supply chain visibility, making informed decision making for supply chain planners difficult and raising the potential for a high degree of spoilage and waste. To exacerbate the issue, a multitude of players (farmers, cold chains, transporters/retailers, etc.), each with their own back-end systems, create an inability to trace back and ensure adherence to compliance norms. This drives an overall lack of collaboration and non-optimal reaction to dynamic supply chain events.
  • COIL Project: Tech Mahindra came together with SAP at COIL Bangalore to develop FEEDS, a co-innovation project designed to deliver improved traceability and a reduction in waste as food moves from the farm to the consumer, while also enabling a regulatory compliance framework.
  • Results: The Tech Mahindra FEEDS solution provides real time visibility of the fresh produce supply chain with an end-to-end, unified digital platform connecting different parts of the business network. It is powered by SAP HANA and integrated with back end systems like ERP, SCM and point of sale systems. FEEDS provides a unified common platform with a freshness index, condition monitoring, and collaboration between business network partners. Built on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the Internet of Things, the solution is accessible via easy to use, role-based mobile apps and offers an intuitive interface with back end systems.
  • Discovery: From Use Case Definition to GTM activities, the project team’s engagement at COIL was highly useful to Tech Mahindra. Evangelizing within SAP forums and the pursuit of certification was very valuable, as was the extended expert COIL brought to the formation of FEEDS, easing the path to monetization. 

Learn more about the FEEDS development process

ISTN: Smart Bulkbin Solution for Farmers and Feed Providers

This IoT-focused SAP Co-Innovation Lab project originated from our lab in South Korea. ISTN is an SAP Gold Partner that recently focused on solving a significant problem for farmers and feed providers, using IoT sensors and ability to both know and predict volumes and bin levels. To make the solution more affordable to the target market, the insights provided are scalable and offered as a service from the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. The ISTN solution as described in this use case is composed of an architecture that can manage an array of sensor data input, making it relevant and useful in many industries.

  • Reacting to Needs: Despite global 21st century agricultural knowledge and practice, most customers place orders to providers by telephone for necessities like cattle feed. In such a scenario errors can easily creep in due to something as simple as the farmer conveying unclear feed information. A simple miscommunication can cause many problems in systems like order management and production planning. Precise orders and predictable production planning would require the right solution to provide exact bin status with feed information for ordering.
  • COIL Project: The COIL program supported a fast start to help ISTN establish a project environment to support IoT technology exploration. COIL facilitated a design thinking session with customers, ISTN and SAP, offering a crisp view of the customer environment and a chance to clearly identify key personas of the primary users of the solution. With an understanding of deployment requirements, COIL could provision a proxy to the target environment that was useful for testing and observation. This allowed the ISTN innovation team to focus on problem solving with bin data as opposed to determining how to stand up and manage the underlying infrastructure.
  • Results: ISTN developed its Smart Bulkbin solution by taking advantage of the COIL project output and prepared for SAP certification. ISTN worked with SAP development and business teams at COIL to collaborate strategically and create key proofs of concept. The co-innovation team discovered the end-customers’ unmet needs of order accuracy, on-time ordering, and cost saving. ISTN and members of the SAP Partner Solution Center approached this challenge together using design thinking and COIL as a platform and coaching provider for a pilot project. The Smart Bulkbin Solution demo continues to be featured from COIL.
  • Discovery: Through its COIL project, ISTN confirmed the importance of fully understanding the customer’s perspective and gained empathy for how the problem effects customers and their business. This understanding became fundamental to every dimension of the project, from ideating complete new processes to implementation requirements and end-user experience. There was ongoing discovery relevant to use of IoT technology and optimizing use of sensor data. ISTN, in collaboration with other customers and SAP business stakeholders, uncovered the value derived from a co-innovation approach, taking advantage of rich collaboration that helps reduce risk and accelerate time to market.

Learn more about the Smart Bulkbin development process

Telit: deviceWISE IoT solution with SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service

Telit offers a broad portfolio of integrated products, platforms and services to support and enable IoT deployments from things to apps, with a modern system architecture that can be deployed on premise or in the cloud. Telit and the SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service (PdMS) product team engaged COIL to perform technical and functional tests of the Telit deviceWISE IoT platform with SAP PdMS as an on premise IoT solution for the enterprise and to pursue the SAP quality certification process assessing the solution’s compatibility with the business functions of SAP PdMS.

  • Reacting to Needs: Many SAP customers find their machine data segmented in silos based on the manufacturers of their devices. Telit collaborated with SAP at the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in an effort to make it easy to establish direct connections to these data sources, configure what data is to be read and how often, and copy the data to a central computing/analytics platform like SAP PdMS. The primary value proposition was to improve asset reliability, increase productivity, reduce operating costs, and ensure compliance. Telit’s deviceWISE gateway and multi-tenant cloud manages the collection of machine/asset data from both in-plant controllers and remote or roaming assets. As a result of the partnership, this SAP Solex IoT-based solution facilitates the data transfer from assets to SAP on-premise IoT business solutions such as SAP PdMS.
  • COIL Project: COIL offered Telit the right environment to explore how it would pass the rigorous quality testing needed to be certified as an SAP Solution Extension. The project established variously configured virtual machines to provide for things like IoT sensor load data, data gateways, the SAP HANA in-memory computing platform, and the SAP PdMS application suite. The team ran numerous tests against multiple use cases such as anomaly detection, distance based failure analysis, and remaining useful life prediction.
  • Results: The project work done at COIL provided the right landscape and test configurations to help establish the final Telit SAP Solution Extension that would be deployed by target customers. Telit was able to quickly test early assumptions relevant to optimizing all points of integration and run multiple scenarios to prepare for its successful SAP certification testing and validation.
  • Discovery: Partners invariably learn important lessons from the hands-on effort to build a co-innovated solution. Using the COIL lab environment, Telit was able to test its assumptions and learn through important experimentation and observation a more optimal path to forming the level of integration needed to meet the requirements of this solution extension.

Learn more about SAP Device Management for IoT by Telit

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Co-Innovating for the future


SAP Future Factory

Managed by the SAP Co-Innovation Lab, the Future Factory is a joint effort between SAP and industrial partners to foster co-innovation, research, and development for the manufacturing industry.

SAP Future Retail Center

Managed by the SAP Co-Innovation Lab, the Future Retail Center is a joint effort between SAP and retail partners to foster co-innovation, research, and development for the retail industry.

SAP Co-Innovation Lab Sponsors












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.

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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.

SAP Co-Innovation Lab will be present at the following events in 2017. Check back regularly as our event calendar often includes events at SAP Labs and other locations.

Hannover Messe

Hannover, Germany.
April 24-28, 2017


Orlando, Florida.
May 16-18, 2017

SAP TechEd

Barcelona, Spain. 
November 14–16, 2017

SAP Co-Innovation Lab Locations

The SAP Co-Innovation Lab provisions and delivers project environments and co-innovation services from more than 15 locations worldwide, using a private, secure cloud purpose built to enable ecosystem innovation. Each lab is unique as a reflection of regional nuance while offering the same degree of co-innovation services and capabilities in all locations.

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Location Offers
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, USA (since 2007) Showroom | Engineering 
Palo Alto, California, USA (since 2007) Showroom | Engineering | Computing Center
São Leopoldo, Brazil (since 2013) Showroom | Engineering | Computing Center
São Paulo, Brazil (since 2010)
Showroom | Engineering
Location Offers
Dresden, Germany (since 2008) Showroom | Engineering
Moscow, Russia (since 2012)
Showroom | Engineering
Paris, France (since 2017) Showroom | Engineering
Walldorf, Germany (since 2008)
Showroom | Engineering
Zurich, Switzerland (since 2012) Showroom | Engineering | Computing Center
Middle East and Africa
Location Offers
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (since 2016)
Showroom | Engineering
Johannesburg, South Africa (since 2016)
Showroom | Engineering
Asia Pacific
Location Offers
Bangalore, India (since 2009) Showroom | Engineering
Seoul, South Korea (since 2008) Showroom | Engineering 
Shanghai, China (since 2013) Showroom | Engineering
Singapore (since 2013) Showroom | Engineering | Computing Center
Tokyo, Japan (since 2006) Showroom | Engineering | Computing Center

COIL Projects & Events Directory

Interested in the sorts of project work done at COIL 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 COIL events.

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