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SAP launches Co-Innovation Lab Sao Paulo

On last October 27th, in a huge event at SAP Brasil office, the SAP Co-Innovation Lab São Paulo was officially launched.


SAP Co-Innovation Lab São Paulo (SAP COIL SP, for short) is the 5th facility of COIL in the world (previous ones are Palo Alto, US; Walldorf, Germany; Bangalore, India; and Tokyo, Japan) and, in each location, it aims at supporting the local ecosystem on inventing, developing and even showcasing innovative ideas to integrate their solutions to SAP solutions, over SAP platform.


COIL SP includes engineering services (where COIL support our partners on getting the best solution architecture that SAP offers), a project room (for up to 8 project members) and a show room (to showcase the solutions that are developed with our partners) which can also be reverted into a presentation room (to be used when COIL hosts presentations from SAP or Partners to our ecosystem). There is no local datacenter yet; virtualized landscapes will be provided from the existing datacenters in Palo Alto and/or Tokyo.




The launch event included a pre-event Ribbon Cut ceremony, where SAP and Ecosystem executives were invited to officially inaugurate the COIL SP facility (located at the SAP Brasil office in São Paulo).


The ribbon cutting was handled by:

– Axel Henning Saleck: VP of SAP Global Co-Innovation Lab Network

–  Tom Collett: Senior VP of SAP Fast Growth Markets (FGM was a major sponsor for COIL SP establishment)

– Luís Cesar Verdi: SAP Brasil Managing Director

– Mauricio Ruiz: Intel Brasil Alliances Director (representing Intel, a Sponsors and Members).

 Ribbon Cut


After the ribbon-cut ceremony, the main Launch event was held, with me as Master of Ceremony (eh… I suppose they had really bad options… ;-)) and with presentations and testimonies from both SAP and partners. The speakers were:


Luis Cesar Verdi Luis Cesar Verdi – SAP Brasil Managing Director

Verdi commented about the high expectations that SAP Brasil had for the establishment of a Co-Innovation Lab in São Paulo and how this will help our ecosystem to reach the next level in terms of maturity and support Brasil into becoming the fast growth market it is intended to be.

Humberto Vieites Humberto Vieites – SAP Brasil Ecosystems & Partners Group Director

Humberto explained to our ecosystem how they could benefit from engaging with COIL into their technology project opportunities.

Lawrence Wilcox Lawrence Wilcox – NetApp Global SAP Alliance Director

Lawrie was representing NetApp, a global COIL Sponsor, and presented to our local ecosystem the advantes NetApp had by becoming a COIL Member and working with us in collaborative and innovative projects.

Romeu Sciotta Romeu Sciotta – SIGGA Product and Innovation Director

Romeu represented SIGGA, a local SAP partner and our first COIL Member in Brazil. He showed how SIGGA was already benefiting from running projects with COIL.

Axel Henning Saleck Axel Henning Saleck – VP of SAP Global COIL Network

Axel presented the work model of COIL, the objectives of COIL and how COIL can support our ecosystem in engaging into co-innovative projects. According to him, COIL SP will have focus on three aspects: solutions that address local requirements, mobility and Cloud Computing/Virtualization.

Rodolpho Cardenuto Rodolpho Cardenuto – SAP Latin America CEO

Rodolpho spoke about how the SAP Co-Innovation Lab could broad the support that our ecosystem already has in Latin America and help Brazil achieve the next step as an emerging market.


 Henrique Pinto Henrique Pinto – SAP COIL SP Architect

Master of Ceremony (Not much else to say about this guy… ;-))


Here is a picture of the speakers (and a quite meddlesome guy with a red tie… ;-)). 



The main event was held at the SAP Brasil Office and was attended by executives of our most important partners, both global and local. After the presentations, it was celebration time, and the attendees were invited to join us in a cocktail party held aside of the presentation room (Yay!).




Here are the press releases for COIL SP Launch:


In short, we at SAP Co-Innovation Lab São Paulo are really excited to be part of this historic moment and are eager to work with our partners in Brazil (and potentially Latin America). The launch was a huge success and I trully believe our partners captured the message we intended to pass and are as excited as we are to starting co-innovating in Brasil.


Partners who want to engage with us are welcome to visit our site at to learn a little more on how COIL can support them, from a technology perspective, with the development of their solutions, be it a full-fletched product, a prototype or even just a proof of concept, to test out an innovative idea.


If you wish to engage with COIL, fill out a Project Request Form and submit it to us.

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