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About COIL

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.

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.

For more information about COIL, please contact us via e-mail

Working with COIL

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: 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.
  • Intellectual property managementDedicated legal resources for specifying contract provisions aimed at promoting collaboration and trust among parties by means of bilateral agreements enabling co-innovation. 

COIL Highlights

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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.

COIL Locations

The SAP Co-Innovation Lab provisions and delivers project environments and co-innovation services from currently 16 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.

COIL Sponsors

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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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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.

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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.

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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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