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The Role of Co-innovation in Running Simple


SAP is known as “THE Cloud Company Powered by SAP HANA” and is known for “Run Simple”.

Co-innovation with both our partners and our customers plays a unique role in helping enterprises of all sizes accelerate to the Cloud model of their choice, and to deliver on the “Run Simple” promise.

Why is co-innovation important?

SAP alone cannot produce all solutions that the market needs. By leveraging our ecosystem, partnering with the best and brightest developers, and incorporating feedback from customers into agile development cycles, we can provide the Applications, Platform and Business networks to create & capture more value, faster for our customers.

How does co-innovation work at SAP?

We encourage others to create enterprise class, standard software that integrates with SAP solutions or to build new solutions on top of SAP software and the SAP HANA Cloud Platform . Co-innovators can be our customers, individual or corporate developers, endorsed software companies or our global, regional, and local partners.

Faster, better, cheaper

Co-innovating on the cloud simplifies the way companies create, deploy, and consume innovative solutions. By developing solutions that can run on a public, hybrid, or managed cloud environments, customers can engage in a leaner, more agile process that allows for faster innovation and for users to consume solutions quickly and easily.

By co-innovating and developing solutions on the cloud, SAP customers can:

  • Embrace simplicity and eliminate complexity
  • Harness insight from the edge and from the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Use the power from real-time, any time data
  • Gain advantages from social and enterprise networks
  • Develop next generation business models and  business processes
  • Delight users with intuitive user experience

Co-innovating for the Industry Cloud

Some customers or partners are interested in co-innovating with SAP on specific functionality that serves their industry. In these cases, they sometimes assign small teams of their personnel to work with us, often onsite. This effort helps us bring development closer to the market and the users, and helps incorporate deep domain expertise into the initial product design and subsequent agile development rounds.

For example, SAP and Accenture recently announced a new solution that will help the oil and gas industry simplify production monitoring and management. By combining the knowledge and domain expertise of SAP and Accenture, and using the cloud as the delivery model for the solution, this co-innovation partnership quickly developed a new version of the SAP Upstream Operations Management application. This solution helps companies quickly identify underperforming wells and the underlying causes of decreasing production. By enabling production managers to intuitively allocate volumes back to the wellhead, and plan operations across the operations network, the solution helps the oil and gas industry Run Simple.

It’s your turn to co-innovate!

SAP’s Industry Cloud organization brings together our industry & core line of business expertise, along with our strategic pricing and inbound innovation / business development teams. Joining forces with our ecosystem and with our partners, we are ready to innovate together!   Let’s go!

Learn more about co-innovating and partnerships with SAP.

Simon Paris. President, Industry Cloud at SAP

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