WALLDORF — SAP AG today announced the planned launch of its first Big Data innovation center in a cooperation between the SAP University Alliances program and the University Competence Center (UCC) location at Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany. As part of this relationship, the company also announced the anticipated opening of the first SAP University Alliances Innovation Lab with the Institute of Enterprise Systems (InES) at the University of Mannheim. Additional Big Data innovation centers at UCC locations and innovation labs at universities worldwide are planned.
“SAP already offers the SAP HANA platform for teaching purposes at universities,” said Dr. Bernd Welz, executive vice president, global head of Solution and Knowledge Packaging SAP. “With Big Data innovation centers at UCC locations, the company is planning to enable academics worldwide to leverage SAP HANA to re-invent business processes based on new Big Data applications. The lab would also be used for Big Data-driven research across a wide range of applications such as genetics, geology or physics.”
The Big Data innovation center will be hosted at the Otto-von-Guericke University, which has a long-term relationship and hosting experience with SAP. The center in Magdeburg is intended to closely cooperate as an interdisciplinary research hub with the new innovation lab at the University of Mannheim, a top university in Europe. The SAP University Alliances Innovation Lab at the InES is planned to offer a platform for scientists, practitioners and startups to explore, design and evaluate data-driven process excellence in enterprises and business networks in areas such as smart logistics, Internet of Things, process intelligence, predictive maintenance and others. It also aims to help identify and verify new use cases based on a solid Big Data technology platform and can be utilized by data scientists, mathematicians or economists for a variety of industry sectors, including automotive, manufacturing, banking, utilities, retail and public sector.
“To leverage the full potential of Big Data, a deep integration into business processes is fundamental,” said Professor Dr. Alexander Mädche, University of Mannheim. “As part of the innovation lab at the University of Mannheim, we are looking specifically into opportunities where Big Data and business processes intersect from a research and education point of view.”
The SAP University Alliances program has more than 1,600 universities and research institutions in more than 80countries established to help eliminate the need for individual universities to make large investments in technical infrastructure and operational staffing. SAP is encouraging universities and research institutions globally to join the community and explore becoming a big data innovation lab.