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SAP Labs Latin America: The Innovation Hub for LAC

In 2006, SAP opened a Global service center in São Leopoldo, south of Brazil, which later became SAP Labs Latin America, the only research and development center for SAP in the Latin American continent. A group of 20 professionals formed the very first team and in 2016, we turned 10 years old, with more than 700 people working at a unique green building, to make businesses run simple and improve people’s lives as The Best Company to Work For in Brazil.

SAP Labs LA is the Innovation Hub in Latin America, supporting the different market units in the region. It has been growing exponentially, bringing innovation and quality services for our customers and partners. Even in the middle of an economic crisis affecting Latin America, the Labs has increased its number of new hires noticeably and has welcomed several new Lines of Business, the latest of them being a core development LoB on Digital Farming. These achievements could not have been possible without our highly motivated workforce and game-changing innovations.

We are lucky to have a very young and vibrant atmosphere. We are always looking for ways to engage with university audiences to include the next generation workforce into our environment, offering many initiatives for students, which include the signing of a joint research contract with one of the best private universities in Brazil.

As a result, most of our workforce today is composed of millennials and we are able to provide fresh and creative solutions, bringing the digital business transformation closer to our clients. These innovations include the SAP Tax Declaration Framework solution, which uses cutting-edge SAP technology to help navigate through the complexity of the legal bureaucracy that exists in Brazil and the SAP ACM (Agricultural Contract Management) solution, which handles agro clients’ grain contracts and logistics. Another highlight is the mind-blowing IoT projects that are helping companies overcome challenges and become increasingly more successful, like our co-innovation project with the customer Stara, which allows farmers to monitor plantation processes online and in real time.

As part of our Spotlight Series, you’ll find out more about what makes SAP Labs Latin America an important location for the SAP Labs Network. You’ll get to know more about:

– Our 10th anniversary celebration activities;

– Our Diversity & Inclusion programs, which include Autism at Work, Business Women’s Network and Pride@SAP;

– Our Internet of Things initiatives, like the Innoweeks and the IoT Experience Day

– How we’re fostering entrepreneurship with the Startup Focus Forum and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives like SAP Innomarathon;

– And much more!

I hope you enjoy it!

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