Global leader in business software solutions, SAP, has opened Africa’s first Co-Innovation Lab, offering a hands-on environment for SAP to innovate jointly with software solution partners, system integrators and technology partners on current and future technologies.

With a strong focus on collaboration, the aim of the lab is to increase competitive advantages, driven by greater efficiency and productivity on the continent, with the ultimate goal to satisfy the demands of customers driven by digital transformation.

“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,” said Managing Director for SAP Africa, Brett Parker.

“The SAP Africa Co-Innovation Lab is a clear commitment to driving innovation on the African continent. It presents us with a collaborative opportunity to enable African healthcare solution providers to implement new innovative solution ideas based on SAP’s technology and solutions portfolios. Utilising the direct connection with industry experts in the global Co-Innovation Lab network, we will be able to drive healthcare concepts towards reality with new momentum,” continued Brett.

SAP Co-Innovation Labs have already been established in Palo Alto, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, India, Singapore, China, South Korea and Japan.

“Particularly for the Internet of Things (IoT) we see greatest potential to help Africa on the way to digitalisation and that is why we have recently announced to even increase our commitment in the future by bringing an IoT Lab to Johannesburg,” said Executive Vice President, LoB Digital Assets and IoT at SAP, Dr Tanja 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,” concluded Dr Rueckert.

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