As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 172,000 customers (includes customers from the acquisition of Sybase) to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. SAP Research is the global technology research and innovation unit of SAP. By exploring emerging IT trends, the group significantly drives innovation for SAP and its ecosystem. Activities span from collaborative research with academic partners to co-innovation with industrial partners and customers. The best validated results and technologies are further developed into prototypes and potential business opportunities within SAP. The group ultimately aims to create product enhancements and new solutions that its stakeholders and customers benefit from. SAP Research spreads its research and development activities around the globe. Currently, its thriving network comprises of 19 research locations worldwide, including numerous partners from business and academic backgrounds.