SAP has opened its fifth SAP Leonardo Center – this time choosing Singapore as its location.
The new centre builds on SAP’s existing innovation footprint in the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) region, adding to the three Innovation Centers and four SAP Labs already established there.
The Leonardo Centers are designed to foster digital innovation journeys for businesses, start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises, using the capabilities of Design Thinking and SAP Leonardo – covering the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, blockchain, big data, analytics and data intelligence on SAP Cloud Platform.
According to the World Economic Forum, Singapore is the most competitive economy in Asia-Pacific and third globally.
Scott Russell, president, SAP APJ, who opened the centre, said, “The SAP Leonardo Center in Singapore will showcase the art of the possible in digital innovation and help our customers scale quickly, easily and effectively,” said Scott Russell, president, SAP APJ.
“Together with our customers and partners, we aim to leverage the SAP Leonardo Center Singapore as a think tank to drive purpose-led innovation that will ultimately improve the lives of one billion people and deliver the Intelligent Enterprise for over 70,000 customers in APJ by 2022. The SAP Leonardo Center in Singapore will play a key role in realising our growth strategy and drive customer success in the new intelligence era.”
The centre will also serve as a hub for SAP’s broader digital technology ecosystem including universities, startups, tech communities and accelerators.
One of the first SAP APJ Leonardo customers in Korea is Hanon Systems, a global leader in automotive thermal and energy management solutions. The company chose to pilot the Leonardo platform at one of its plants in Europe, after it identified manufacturing performance and equipment health as areas it wished to measure.
Robert Oh, chief information officer and business transformation executive, Hanon Systems, believes a supplier’s ability to compete in today’s automotive market is no longer measured by just its product offering.
“At Hanon Systems, we believe our digital transformation can change the way we manufacture in a positive way to improve our productivity, increase our overall efficiency and further strengthen our customer relationships.”