SAP Innovation: How the Company Keeps Its Technology Moving Forward
SAP says it still has the heart and passion of a startup, but with offices in 130 countries and more than 55,000 employees, the company hardly looks like one. Yet innovation is alive and thriving at SAP. Driven by Vishal Sikka, executive board member leading technology and innovation, SAP has made a number of bold moves to reinvent itself as a more nimble, innovative business to position itself for the future. From the SAP HANA in-memory computing architecture, which is now driving record growth in SAP's software business, to the philosophy of "design thinking," a holistic, multidimensional approach to product development, Sikka is leading the charge for SAP to push the boundaries of the familiar. For example, through the innovative SAP AppHaus movement, SAP is branching into consumer app development, a new arena for this software giant that has a long history in providing business application solutions for large enterprises. The company is also using SAP HANA to nudge the medical industry into analyzing DNA genome data fast enough to enable real-time personalized medicine. The following slides map out some recent highlights of SAP's innovations.