SAP Cloud for Real Estate has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Design Award chosen from more than 8,000 entries across the globe. Awarded to the SAP Cloud Platform solution designed by SAP, it emphasizes the high design quality and creative achievement.

“From thinking to doing,” as SAP CEO Bill McDermott stated in his keynote at SAPPHIRE NOW in 2017, requires not only data but also data in the right format. Great user experience boosts both monetary and human values. It supports increased productivity and data quality, saves training costs while decreasing change requests and user errors. On the human level, as software users know, an appealing interface may increase user satisfaction, accelerate the solution’s adoption, and strengthen customers’ loyalty and relationship.

Empathy for the User.”

– SAP CEO Bill McDermott

The Red Dot Design Award committee has recognized these factors for a simplified life through design and has therefore been awarding creative achievements in three disciplines, namely Product Design, Design Concept and Communication Design since 1955. The latter went in this year’s selection, which embodies one of the world’s largest design competitions, to SAP Cloud for Real Estate, now decorated by this international seal of outstanding design quality.

SAP Cloud for Real Estate is an operational and strategic management solution supporting real estate managers in running and optimizing their corporate building portfolios. The system gives consolidated information on all buildings and answers key questions regarding space utilization, facility costs, building portfolio, and partner collaboration with appealing graphical representations through an intuitive user interface validated by end users. This cloud solution disrupts today’s slow and disconnected processes and leads the way to well-managed buildings – and to better working situations for real estate managers.

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SAP Chief Innovation Officer Juergen Mueller demoed this solution at SAPPHIRE NOW earlier this year in McDermott’s opening keynote, stating: “This is how the new world should look like.”

The solution connects people, buildings and businesses intelligently in SAP Leonardo’s spirit, leveraging latest technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, virtual reality (VR), and intelligent data.

“All of this is easy to do because it runs on one platform, SAP Cloud Platform. It enables you to tap into all the investments you did before,” Mueller said — in particular spending on real estate itself.

For a long time real estate has been a neglected pillar of corporate management, simply considered a necessity to house employees and technical facilities — despite being the second biggest cost item on most companies’ balance sheets. In the meantime, people managing real estate — from CFOs, corporate portfolio and location managers to technical service providers – had to rely on information siloes in spreadsheets and complex systems.

A tiring, cumbersome process that tends to end up with many errors and dissatisfied users, it might come as no surprise that 40% of corporate real estate investment is not being utilized efficiently. With real estate itself being one of the largest expense items and with every second employee spending most of their week inside an office, real estate also has a huge impact on the first expense item, namely personnel.


increased employee performance
with optimized real estate

Employee productivity and corporate costs are both contributing to your company’s overall success. To make sure that these numbers turn out right through optimized corporate real estate management, the design team behind SAP Cloud for Real Estate validated all functionalities with end users from many corporations.

This award serves as a reminder and encouragement to strive for the best possible customer experience: “When it comes to the user experience, we did not stop with Red Dot Design Awards; no, we have continued to strengthen the user experience with SAP Fiori across our entire portfolio,” McDermott said in his SAPPHIRE NOW keynote this year.

It is important to subject one’s own achievements to scrutiny again and again in order to constantly improve and maximize the potential for customers’ success in all business areas, including corporate real estate management.

To learn more about the SAP Cloud for Real Estate solution capabilities, watch this video and view the solution brief.


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Detailed information on the official Red Dot Design Award website will be published at the end of October 2017.

Tobias Decker is head of LoB for SAP Cloud for Real Estate