SAP Sets up New Lab in Bangalore

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SAP has set up a lab in Bangalore that will focus on partnering with technology vendors, services companies and customers for the development of new technologies around SAP products.The lab, called a Co-Innovation Lab, joins similar labs in Palo Alto, California, and Tokyo. It has been set up with Intel, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and NetApp as founder sponsors, and has been in operation since October, said Satyajit Singh Mecker, senior vice president of SAP's Global Ecosystem and Partner Group, on Friday.Besides the initial sponsors, the lab partners include service providers such as Cognizant, MindTree, and Wipro, and independent software vendors. Asian Paints, a large paint company in India, is also a partner in the lab as a customer. More partners will be added, Mecker said.By setting up a lab in India, SAP is able to take advantage of innovation from Indian service providers and software companies. Some of the software companies are targeting global markets with leading edge applications including in the area of mobile communications, Mecker said.Down the line, the collaboration at the lab could lead to the development of joint products that combine intellectual property from SAP and partners, he added. SAP and partners have so far worked on about 13 projects at the lab.Wipro, for example, has developed an insurance claims analytics application around SAP BusinessObjects XI 3.1., a business intelligence product. The new Co-Innovation Lab hosts a simulated heterogeneous data center integrating hardware and infrastructure software from SAP and participating sponsors, SAP said.SAP has in Bangalore the second largest research and development and global services and support center within SAP.

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