On May 20 the SAP University Alliances team welcomed students from the US Missouri Western State University (member of SAP University Alliances Program) and their professor Faye I. Smith (Strategic Management), to the SAP Headquarters in Walldorf.

First stop was the exhibition of the FESTO production line/Industry 4.0, where students and professors got an inside into the factory of the future. The Open Integrated Factory controls itself using SAP technology. Business management and manufacturing IT systems are integrated seamlessly, from the ERP system to individual sensors. That means customized products can be manufactured at the same rate as mass-market items.

This not only brings much better insight and transparency into the actual situation on the shop floor – it also allows much more timely and informed decisions than in the past. A network of intelligent systems, products and machines is able to exchange information and makes decisions more and more autonomously. This increases the efficiency and flexibility on the shop floor and ultimately the degree of automation in modern parts.

Afterwards Sabrina Dick, Head of HRBP Office EMEA, spoke about her career at SAP, the opportunities she had to work abroad and how she can today utilize the gained experiences within her team consisting of colleagues from all over the world.

Last but not least the group visited the SAP Inspiration Pavilion, where the students learned more about the history of SAP and experienced firsthand Big Data, experienced how data is affecting our lives today and uncovered its enormous potential for the future.

To broaden their horizons the group will go on travelling for one more week through Germany and visits amongst others Schloss Neuschwanstein and the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart.

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