2016

Designing the tools for New Work, Keynote at SAP

Discussing the challenges of tomorrow at the SAP Innovation Center Open House Day.
On July 7, our CEO Nancy Birkhölzer and Founder Reto Wettach gave the keynote presentation at the SAP Innovation Center Open House Day. A day that brought together SAP customers, partners and guests from academia, politics, business, and media to take a sneak peek into the organization’s second new building in Potsdam and discuss the challenges of tomorrow.  

Since 2011, some of the smartest and most creative talents from all around the world have joined the SAP team in Germany’s capital region, focusing on both innovating the core business and pioneering new markets as well as disruptive technologies. And with around 280 engineers, designers, product experts, and business developers from more than 30 different nations working there in international and interdisciplinary teams, it was time to expand.

The Open House Day in Potsdam was a great occasion to bring together thought leaders from multiple industries to discuss approaches to addressing design challenges of our future and to showcase SAP’s innovation power via project exhibitions and deep dives throughout the day. 

The host Jürgen Müller, Head of SAP Innovation Center Network, and Stefan Ries, Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of SAP’s Executive Board, welcomed the guests and kicked off a day full of inspiring talks and networking opportunities. Both stressed the importance of the SAP location in Germany’s capital region, close to an ecosystem of young talents, universities, startups and politics.

Albrecht Gerber, Brandenburg’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, expressed his gratitude to SAP as a key player in the IT industry, supporting the region and attracting new talents from around the world. SAP set a strong example by creating a dedicated space for innovation, said Gerber. 

After the welcome note, inspiring panels and a keynote by Reto and Nancy followed. Together they provided insights into new work and the methods and tools needed to enable organizational change.

Find more pictures of the event here.

Watch Nancy and Reto's keynote presentation