SAP has grown to become the world’s leading provider of e-business software solutions. With 12 million users, 96,400 installations, and more than 1,500 partners, SAP is the world’s largest inter-enterprise software company and the world’s third-largest independent software supplier, overall. SAP solutions help enterprises of all sizes around the world to improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and business operations. SAP employs over 39,300 people in more than 50 countries.
SAP Research is the global technology research unit of SAP, significantly contributing to SAP‘s product portfolio by identifying and shaping emerging IT trends and conducting co-innovation with external partners and customers. In its function as SAP’s technology trend scout, the group evaluates how promising ideas can be developed into market-ready software.
The Breakthrough Innovation by SAP Research is driven by the world wide spread Research Centers and by the corporate venturing group SAP Inspire. The research and prototyping activities usually have a mid- and long-term focus and address strategic business areas of SAP.

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