Leading Edge Innovation in SAP

On 7th May next, SAP will host IRDG members on an Innovation Practice Group visit.  This is a great opportunity for members to see how a company in the services / software sector conducts it’s Innovation.

SAP – www.sap.com

Headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, with locations in more than 130 countries, SAP AG is the world leader in enterprise software and software-related services. SAP develops software applications that enable companies to run operations, including finance, customer relationship management, human resources and supply chain management, more efficiently. SAP Ireland employs more than 1300 employees in 3 locations: Dublin, Galway and Belfast.

In 2012 the SAP Dublin AppHaus was opened to extend the office space for the increasing number of employees. It reflects the next generation office space to foster collaboration, flexibility and a mobile mindset. As everything is on wheels and employees can scribble down ideas on every wall within the office, this office space enables employees to create innovative software that is purpose built and exceeds customers’ expectations. A short video of the AppHaus will give a first impression what participants can expect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVq5ZzJzsis. The concept of the AppHaus earned them ISA Multinational Cooperation Initiative 2012.


(NOTE:  Members password supplied on 17th April by email)

Innovation Practice Groups are hosted by companies, who generously share their experiences of Research, Development and Innovation. In many instances they will also be joined by external, expert, guest speakers. Combined, this input provides a real practical learning environment, where the practices being discussed have already been tried, tested and evaluated. The goal of these sessions, therefore, is to inspire members to think about the practices, tips and techniques which might assist them in day-to-day life in their companies – what is it that could make a difference? how could they leverage these same ideas?

Why attend:

By participating in Innovation Practice Groups, members have a golden opportunity to learn from each other, experiencing R&D and Innovation in real-life in other member companies, and in many cases, in a completely different business sector. The sessions also provide time for networking, whereby members can get to know others with specialised expertise or knowledge; points of contact who may be of great assistance or reference at a future time. In addition, a site tour will form part of the agenda, where this is feasible to do so.

What gets covered:

Focused on learning, generating knowledge and building capability, the Innovation Practice Groups cover the main tenets of Innovation: collaboration, ideation, implementation and value creation. By nature of the membership network and the projects underway at any point in time, Research, Development and Innovation across a variety of topics and sectors is up for discussion (e.g. Product / Process development, Energy efficiency, Packaging innovation, Services innovation, Manufacturing processes, R&D practice, ICT, Funding & Finance, Marketing, Social Media, Market development etc.).

What you need to know:

Innovation Practice Groups are open to employees of member companies and invited guests only. There will be an attendance limit set for each session as per the host company capacity. IRDG reserves the right to manage attendance to ensure as many member companies as possible have the opportunity to attend.

Further details available by emailing Mary Byrne (mary.byrne@irdg.ie) or phoning 087-6501215.

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