SAP Canada is proud to announce SAP Labs Canada has been named an SAP Global Research & Development Hub, a designation that reflects SAP’s commitment to driving innovative research in Canada, being a strategic partner to SAP customers and creating a vibrant ecosystem in the tech industry.

This news comes on the heels of the company launch of a new, state-of-the-art office in downtown Montreal. This new office showcases all the hallmarks of a Future of Work space and is purpose-built for employees to perform a variety of activities when they come on site.

SAP Labs Canada designated as a major SAP global research hub

SAP Labs are research and development (R&D) facilities located in high tech clusters around the globe that drive SAP’s culture of innovation. SAP Labs Canada – with Labs in Montreal, Vancouver, and Waterloo – is joining the ranks of SAP Labs Walldorf, SAP Labs US, SAP Labs India, and SAP Labs China as part of the Global Hub Network, which also has recently introduced Labs Latin America and CEE Hub –  including Labs Czech Republic, Labs Hungary, Labs Poland and Labs Slovakia – to its alliance.

As the backbone of the SAP Labs Networks, comprised of 21 labs globally, Hubs represent SAP’s most significant R&D locations, in terms of size, who deliver best-in-class solutions across many of SAP’s product portfolios. Hubs influence the development of global programs and receive additional investment to enable regional initiatives.

With over 2,550 employees across Canada, SAP Labs Canada is leading the creation of the technology that will drive the next frontier of intelligent enterprises thanks to its 35 years of development experience in analytics, database technologies, customer experience. The Waterloo Lab drives SAP’s IoT Edge and HANA Database and Analytics technologies, Vancouver Labs is home to SAP Analytics Cloud as well as SAP Concur teams, and Montreal Labs is innovating SAP CX solutions as well as SAP S/4 HANA Industry Cloud and Quote to Cash solutions

“SAP Labs Canada has become one of the largest development centers across the SAP Labs Network driving new innovations as well as being the backbone of some core SAP products,” said Cindy Fagen, Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada. “This recognition of SAP Labs Canada as a global research hub is very exciting, as it solidifies SAP’s continued investment in Canada’s innovation ecosystem.”

Employee experience placed front and center in new Montreal office

SAP has always prided itself on being forward-thinking and always putting employee experience first and the new Montreal office is an example of this mindset.

With just under 1,000 employees in Montreal, the company views the Quebec market as a world-class technology hub. This new office will continue to strengthen SAP’s position as a hub for retail, e-commerce, and industry cloud solutions.

SAP Canada has always understood that its employees had unique work preferences and patterns – while some people are more productive and engaged in an office environment, others are more efficient when working remotely.

“Our new smart office is an activity-based destination with demand-driven spaces, making it easier for our employees to choose their best workplace experience,” continued Fagen. “Data and technology are important pieces in the puzzle that help us to be smarter about our office space and constantly improve the employee experience and productivity.”

The new SAP Labs Montreal office demonstrates the company’s commitment to SAP’s Pledge to Flex, allowing employees to build work habits that support optimal productivity all in the interest of creating best-in-class employee experience.  The 65,000 square foot office is on the top floors of the Place Ville Marie (PVM) building, located in the heart of Montreal, close to customers and partners. Close to public transportation and in a building rich with amenities, SAP is making it easy for employees to get to the office and an opportunity to enjoy the surrounding culture when they come into the office.