At this year’s SAP UX Day in Karlsruhe, Germany, more than forty people attended a Design Thinking workshop of a different kind. It did not address customers’ endeavors on how to best digitalize their business or on how to innovate by introducing intelligent solutions. This workshop conveyed Design Thinking methods on how to improve people’s lives – their own private lives.
Societal developments and the digital era require key players to constantly evolve and stay innovative. In 2017, Rolls-Royce’s business unit Power Systems therefore started collaborating with SAP to introduce design thinking in their company. The set goal: transforming the innovation culture at Rolls-Royce Power Systems. What began as a UX topic in IT, turned into an organization-wide new mindset change.
When motion fills the gap between frames, the story comes to life and becomes more understandable. A great story has a beginning, middle, and an end. As such, motion facilitates comprehension by creating the full picture for us, while holding our attention.
Large enterprises are facing a faster changing business environment: innovation cycles are getting shorter, markets are being disrupted through digitization, new business models evolve, the “new generation” wants to be led differently, and working models are being revolutionized. A people-centric approach is a key differentiator for companies that want to be and stay relevant in […]
When most people think of SAP HANA, they think “extreme speed”. And they should, given that the in-memory capabilities of HANA enable it to process and analyze large volumes of data in real-time. But when combined with design thinking, SAP HANA delivers much more than speed – it delivers innovation. Nowhere is this more true – and more […]
A new space for a new year! As part of the annual SAP People Weeks, our team, the Design & Co-Innovation Center (DCC), once again welcomed interested visitors to the SAP AppHaus in Heidelberg, where we had the chance to discuss the topic “YOU in the Digital Workplace” and learn about cutting-edge working methods. From […]
In my experience, about 50% of the screens our customers use are not developed by SAP but instead are adapted or developed by partners or the customer’s internal IT organization. I also learned in more than 300 customer projects, that many IT organizations typically do not engage directly with their end users when they develop […]
One of the biggest outcomes of the technology consumerization trend is how it has driven the importance of design. There’s no “waiting out” this trend – an unstoppable wave of interest in design centricity is hitting the business world, shifting the focus in product and service development from features to experience. But why? What is […]
By now, most IT leaders have become convinced of the need to move their organizations away from a mindset of delivering functions and features, and move toward a focus that puts the user’s true needs at the center, employing design thinking principles. Discover and Plan – Where to start?Why should you create your own UX strategy? Where do you start, […]
In my last blog I have explained why design, design thinking and experience matter in the digital transformation, which goes beyond pure technology and business skills. The credo is to engage with your customers and, most importantly, with the users right from the beginning, in an iterative, user-centric design process. Digital Transformation is a journey and more […]
A new SAP Labs Berlin office location was opened at Münzstraße in the heart of Berlin earlier this week. With the opening of the new location, Berlin is now part of the worldwide SAP Labs network with 16 offices in 13 countries. The new office is a space dedicated to design work, co-innovation, and collaboration, […]
A phenomenal number of people in the world are affected by cancer, whether individuals battling the disease, their family and friends, or the medical specialists researching cures and treating patients. That’s why I’m humbled and grateful to be associated with the SAP Medical Research Insights solution, powered by SAP HANA, which recently won the highly regarded Red Dot Award for […]
The EBS Alumni Network is the alumni organization of the private EBS University (Wiesbaden/Oestrich-Winkel) with over 3,400 members in more than 30 countries. Since its inception in 1971, the EBS Alumni Community has evolved to one of the biggest promoters of the EBS with a cumulative financing volume of several million euros. With the EBS […]
In mid November, 250 people gathered right in the center of Berlin for the Service Experience Camp, Europe’s largest service design conference this year, to listen to international thought leaders, connect to other professionals, and to enjoy a festival-like atmosphere. This year’s theme was “struggling for change”, targeting participants from different disciplines including designers and […]
In late November, about 140 early talents from all over Germany gathered at the Rhein-Neckar Arena in Sinsheim, close to SAP’s headquarters in Walldorf, to experience SAP – the company they have joined during the last two years – as part of the P&I Early Talents develop&&impact Program. On day one, Sibylle Barz (P&I ET […]
Learn more about how SAP and the Heidelberg University Hospital joined forces to significantly accelerate and simplify cervical cancer screening in fragile infrastructures, starting in Kenya, powered by SAP HANA Cloud Platform.
From January to September 2015 approximately 65,000 refugees requested asylum in the German state of Baden-Württemberg (where Walldorf and Heidelberg are both located) but the total number of refugees in the state is even higher as many are not yet registered (https://www.lpb-bw.de/fluechtlinge_baden_wuerttemberg.html). By end of the year, the state of Baden-Württemberg expects to receive close […]
From my experience as a designer at SAP's Design & Co-Innovation Center, one common issue we face during our design research is the (mis)understanding of roles–the expert and a typical end user. While these roles have a lot of overlap, they are not interchangeable.
About 500 guests showed up at the AppHaus Heidelberg and the SAP Design & Co-Innovation Center (DCC) following the open house invitation last weekend. On Friday, September 25, the AppHaus was only open for SAP employees, while its doors were open to the wider public on Saturday, September 26. Anyone who wanted to learn about […]
The SAP Design & Co-Innovation Center (DCC) has a mission: to make design a priority at SAP. “SAP is not perceived as being a leader in design,” explains Matthias Langholz, Strategic Design Consultant at the DCC. “In fact, quite the contrary. Our main aim is to change this with interesting design projects that show that […]
Ms. Theresia Bauer – Minister of Science, Research and the Arts for the State of Baden-Württemberg – visited AppHaus Heidelberg on July 29, 2015, together with several representatives of her ministry, the Ministry of State, the City of Heidelberg, and members of her Greens party. It was important for her to find out more about […]
Benjamin Franklin once said: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” At the SAP Design & Co-Innovation Center (DCC) at SAP we frequently organize the so-called “Method Mondays”, a regular one-hour meeting series in which the team members share, practice, and test different methods. In this article […]
When you participate in the dual studies programme from SAP, you enjoy a combination of a practice-oriented, theoretical university course of study with practical application of what you have learned in everyday work. But you do not always experience such a special internship as I did in the Design & Co-Innovation Center (DCC) from SAP, which is based at the SAP AppHaus in Heidelberg.
Hello community, I’m very proud to announce the successful relaunch of our SAP UX Explorer . If you haven’t heard about this self-service tool before, you might like to start with our new introduction video. Let me summarize the major improvements in the new SAP UX Explorer. SAP UX Explorer is part of the […]
Last Friday, on 14 November 2014, the SAP AppHaus in Heidelberg celebrated its first birthday with an open house event, welcoming more than 300 interested colleagues and neighbors from the Landfried complex curious to discover the Design & Co-Innovation Center’s home of innovation. For all of you who could not make it to the AppHaus […]
With the support of the Design and Co-Innovation Center (DCC) from SAP, Unilever has established a User Interface Center of Excellence at the organization, resulting in a considerable increase in user productivity and satisfaction. In this interview, Manfred Kürschner, Head of User Interface Center of Excellence, Unilever, shares his thoughts about the establishment of a UI […]
The Medical Research Insights project has won the German Design Award in the category Excellent Communications Design – Interactive User Experience . „The Medical Research Insights permits safe, direct access to various clinical data systems. Thanks to the intuitive UI system and clear, graphic presentation, complex medical information can be assessed simply and in real time and sound decisions made. The system […]
It’s the end of the week. A few interaction designers, some software engineers, a handful of consultants, and more slowly trickle out the door, with bags on their backs and weekend plans on their mind. The lights click off around SAP’s Palo Alto campus, and each of the nine buildings softly settles into its weekend […]
Last Wednesday, the SAP Design & Co-Innovation Center (DCC) together with Service Design Berlin successfully organized and hosted the Service Design Drinks for the local design community. 130 participants with a service-oriented mindset from 66 companies came together at the SAP office in the middle of Berlin, Germany. The non-profit organization Service Design Berlin aims […]
At the 19th DMI, the Academic Design Management Conference, which will take place in London from 2 to 4 September, four members of the Design & Co-Innovation Center (DCC) from SAP will conduct workshops about Design Management sharing their expertise, skills, and knowledge from working in UX and Design at SAP. To approach innovation […]
For the past six months, I have been working as an intern in Marketing & Communications at the Design & Co-Innovation Center (DCC) based at the SAP AppHaus Heidelberg, Germany. The extraordinary environment and the passionate, committed team have made this internship a great experience. There is something special about the AppHaus, inspired by the […]
The Patient Data Explorer/Medical Research Insights project is now officially nominated for the German Design Award. This international premium prize recognizes high-quality products and projects of the German and international design landscape. Developed in partnership with the German National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg the Medical Research Insights solution enables doctors and researchers to […]
In this interview Dr. Johannes Milde, CEO of Siemens Building Technologies Division, outlines the benefits the Building Performance Management Cockpit, a co-innovation project with SAP UX Design Services, provides for Corporate Real Estate Customers.
After the enormous success of SAPPHIRE NOW, which took place at the beginning of June in Orlando, Florida, USA, the excitement generated by this event is still present. SAPPHIRE is the biggest celebration of SAP in the entire ecosystem with customers, partners, and colleagues taking part. This year’s SAPPHIRE NOW was truly dedicated to the […]
Stepping out of the mid-day Bay Area heat and into the open, tailored space, we crowd around Doctor Alan Schroeder, Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Smiling nurses, wearing red cloth shirts with flower pins, calmly navigate our surrounding area. As Dr. Schroeder welcomes us to the medical center, many of us eagerly tip […]
Medical Research Insights, jointly developed by SAP and the German National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT), got a Professional Strategy & Research Notable for the Core77 2014 Design Awards, recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise. The Medical Research Insights solution enables medical staff to securely analyze clinical data to help improve cancer diagnostics dramatically. Doctors […]
On June 3, 2014, to celebrate the second German Diversity Day, the city of Heidelberg, in collaboration with the Intercultural Center Heidelberg, SAP, the SAP AppHaus, and Neue deutsche Medienmacher hosted a diversity event at the Landfried complex and transformed the former tobacco factory into a think tank. To tie in with the upcoming opening of […]