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SAP Labs India Ranked Among the Top Five in ‘2014 India’s Best Companies to Work For’ Annual Survey
SAP NEWSBYTE – June 30, 2014 | SAP – Human Resource
SAP Labs India has ranked fifth in the Great Place To Work® Institute’s annual Best Workplaces List – India’s Best Companies to Work for survey carried out in conjunction with The Economic Times. Additionally, the company was ranked as ‘2nd Best in Diversity & Inclusion’ and ‘3rd Best IT Company’ among 575 participating companies across 20 industries this year.
Great Place To Work® Institute’s annual Best Workplaces List – India’s Best Companies to Work for, is part of the world’s largest and most respected study of workplace excellence and people management practices. This list, based on credible information collected from over 200,000 employees spread across 20 different sectors and using well researched methods, is considered the most definitive employer-of-choice and workplace quality recognition that an organization can receive.
“SAP Labs India is proud to be recognized for its people-centric culture by The Economic Times and The Great Place to Work Institute,” said Clas Neumann, Senior Vice President and Global Head of the SAP Labs Network. “We aim at building a sustainable and diversified workforce that is essential for driving growth and innovation in an organization.”
SAP Labs India’s people-centric initiatives are aimed at building talent from within the organization, fostering innovation, and inspiring leadership at all levels. These include diversity and inclusion initiatives such as enabling women to integrate themselves back into the workforce after maternity leave which resulted in the reduction of attrition amongst women from 31 percent in 2010 to 0 percent in 2013. Additionally, SAPlings is a day-care center to make the lives of working parents easier as well. Another initiative includes the launch of an Employee Benevolent Fund, a purely voluntary, employee-driven and managed initiative that is used to provide financial support to employees and their families in times of unexpected and unforeseen emergencies.
“The Great Place to Work survey strives to recognize and make organizations aware of workplace practices and philosophies that are set by great employers,” said Prasenjit Bhattacharya, CEO, Great Place to Work(r) Institute. “We acknowledge the sustained effort made by SAP Labs India to build a contributory work environment for its workforce to innovate and achieve professional success.”
SAP Labs India’s Autism at Work Initiative Opens a New Wave of Hiring
SAP NEWSBYTE – August 25, 2014 | SAP –
SAP Labs India has announced a recruitment drive as part of its global “Autism at Work” initiative which focuses on individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This announcement is in line with SAP’s aim to employ by 2020, one percent of its workforce with people affected by ASD. Currently, five individuals with Autism work at SAP Labs India and an additional five would be hired by the end of 2014. Including India, SAP locations in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Germany and Brazil will employ around 60 ASD colleagues by the end of 2014.
The announcement follows successful pilots in India where SAP Labs India worked with Specialisterne, an internationally recognized leader in harnessing the talents of people with Autism, to work in technology-oriented jobs such as software testing, programming and data management.
“Innovation stems from a diverse and inclusive work environment which we pride ourselves for at SAP Labs India”, said Bhuvaneswar Naik, Head of HR, SAP India. “Through our Autism at Work initiative, we aim to leverage on the unique talent of the disabled and provide them meaningful employment.”
At SAP, an inclusive and diverse environment promotes a culture that enables employees to find innovative solutions to challenges facing customers as well as society as a whole. Employee volunteers of SAP Labs India, Autism Society of India and Spastics Society of India, initiated Project Prayas to focus on learning, cognition and communication, three main areas among children who are diagnosed with Autism. They have also developed applications on the iOS and Android platforms to help children with ASD to learn and communicate.
Conceived in 2011, Project Prayas, is active in ten centers across India, including the most recent center in Bijbehara, Kashmir. The project is in the process of building the largest and unique school in Cloud for autism through www.learn4autism.com, which hosts over 1500 hours of learning content. The portal is a unique, free collaborative content platform that provides customized content for children with ASD.
Beginning August 25, SAP Labs India is conducting an Autism Awareness Week for employees and the community to understand Autism and SAP’s initiatives in this space.
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\SAP Labs India and Native Lead Foundation Fuel Entrepreneurship in South Tamil Nadu
SAP NEWSBYTE – June 20, 2014 | SAP –
SAP Labs India and Native Lead Foundation (NLF) today announced that their partnership which began in July, 2013, has spurred over 200 business ideas from students in 19 engineering colleges across South Tamil Nadu.
NLF works with educational institutions, students, and aspiring entrepreneurs to create awareness, motivate, train, and prepare them to become innovators and business leaders. Under the partnership, SAP Labs India and NLF worked with colleges in Tamil Nadu under two programs – SPARK, aimed to motivate and expose students on the concepts of innovation, intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship; and Start-up Nursery, designed to give students and staff a real-time feel of a start-up incubation center on campus.
Speaking at an event in Madurai hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with NLF and SAP on the topic of “Fostering an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in South Tamil Nadu”, R. Dinesh, Joint Managing Director, TVS & Sons Ltd and Chief Mentor of Native Lead Foundation said, “As more engineers graduate from academic institutions across the state and country, it has been the endeavor of NLF to foster the next generation to experiment with new ideas and access capital to grow the same. Through NLF’s partnership with SAP we will encourage and motivate students in the region to embrace innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship for a better future for themselves and the country.”
51 workshops at 19 colleges under the SPARK initiative were held and almost 9000 students were exposed to the principles of innovation, intrapreneurship, and entrepreneurship. Following this, through the Start-up Nursery, 500 students were selected to create business ideas under the guidance of 15 mentors who finally shortlisted 27 business ideas for further development.
As part of its three-year plan that began in 2013, NLF will engage with organizations and sensitize 100,000 youth from 100 educational institutions on entrepreneurship, with the objective of creating 50 brands.
iCreate Collaborates with SAP to Provide Banks with Better Analytics, Risk and Compliance Reporting
Bangalore – March 21, 2014 | SAP – BFSI
Banking Decision Sciences pioneer iCreate today announced its plans to deliver enhanced enterprise information management capability to the global banking sector. In collaboration with SAP, iCreate will be able to integrate its banking solutions with the business intelligence technology from SAP. This initiative is aligned with the shared vision between iCreate and SAP to help banks run their businesses faster and better with informed decisions.
Banks worldwide have been attempting to find the right solutions to address rapid growth and increasing compliance challenges. The changes in banking industry are driven by fluctuating customer needs and evolving regulatory environment globally, which urges the banks to leverage technology to make timely decisions through fast and accurate data.
With its acclaimed banking decision enablement and risk & compliance expertise, iCreate intends to roll out innovative solutions spanning across the spectrum of Banking Analytics, MIS, Data Management and Risk & Compliance. Through the agreement, the solutions will integrate with SAP’s proven technology portfolio for banking and financial services to deliver a compelling value proposition to progressive banks. The portfolio mainly includes SAP Sybase IQ enterprise edition, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform and SAP Crystal Reports.
“It is part of our mission to provide banks worldwide with a superior decision making capability and this collaboration sets a new benchmark for the banking fraternity,” said Vivek Subramanyam, CEO, iCreate. “I am delighted that we can leverage SAP’s industry leading technology platform and R&D prowess to co-innovate best-in-class banking solutions. As a result of both companies’ leadership and focus in the banking domain, I am sure banks globally can now expect better information management and faster insights.”
“Our innovative partnering models open up new opportunities for partners to leverage SAP’s strengths with their own core competencies to create new, compelling, and innovative products,” said Elbert Bailey, VP of Strategic Initiatives, Ecosystem and Channels, SAP Asia Pacific Japan, “Through their solutions embedding our proven technology platforms, we will work closely with iCreate to serve our joint banking customers – partnering to increase their customer-centricity, reduce cost and complexity, and better manage regulatory and risk compliance.”
Headquartered in Bangalore, India with offices in Asia Pacific, South Africa, the Middle East and Europe, iCreate is a global Banking Decision Sciences leader that works with banks worldwide to enable faster, better decision making. iCreate’s enterprise-grade BI, Analytics and Performance Management solutions integrate seamlessly with Banking systems and delivers a fully functional Decision Enablement System running in a fifth of the time when compared to conventional alternatives, at the lowest TCO and with advanced solutions in areas such as Retail Banking, Corporate Banking, Analytics 360, etc. iCreate currently has over 35 progressive financial services institutions across 11 nations as customers. iCreate is funded by venture capital majors Sequoia Capital and IDG Ventures to accelerate market expansion and boost product innovation efforts. www.icreate.in
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