SAP Labs India, a subsidiary of German software corporation SAP, has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B) to allow for continuous upskilling and to keep personnel at the forefront of innovation. The partnership will further enhance bilateral knowledge exchange between academia and enterprise. According to an official announcement, the MoU underlines a collaboration in joint research on specific industry subjects and difficulties, contributing to continued skill development in specialist technology sectors.
IIIT-B is one of the top two NIRF-ranked institutions among IIITs and NAAC A+ accredited institutes with excellent teaching and research programmes in Information Technology (particularly in Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication, Digital Society, etc.). It has cultivated a robust partnership with SAP throughout the years through several programs. Through executive programmes, SAP Labs India, in collaboration with IIIT-B, plays a pivotal role in enhancing employees’ competencies in artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML). The alliance has completed two AI/ML cohorts; a third batch is slated to begin this year.
Speaking on the partnership, Sindhu Gangadharan, SVP & MD, SAP Labs India and Head, SAP User Enablement, said:
At SAP Labs India, we believe in leveraging the power of the ecosystem. Our strategic partnership with IIIT-B reflects SAP’s commitment to fostering cutting-edge research and underscores our dedication to nurturing talent and upskilling our workforce. With IIIT-B, we are forging new frontiers in research and innovation while encouraging the next generation of digital leaders. Together, we are embarking on a journey to unlock the limitless potential of research and learning in the fast-evolving technology and business landscape.
SAP Labs in India has partnered with a wide range of institutions, including IIIT-Bangalore, PSG Institute of Technology, and others, to bridge the industry-academia gap and ensure the technology workforce is future-ready to drive innovation while ensuring business efficiency and delightful customer experiences. These associations have also helped in deep research and engagement in establishing technical journals and publications.
Adding to Gangadharan’s remarks, Prof. Debabrata Das, Director of IIIT-B, underscored the significance of continuous upskilling in the dynamically advancing domains of digital technologies. He emphasized the pivotal role being played by IIIT-B in advancing India’s aspiration of achieving a $1 trillion digital economy by 2026.
The Bengaluru-based cluster has emerged as a vital location for the company’s AI transformation, allowing its half a million clients worldwide with Business AI, as stated in a statement from the company. SAP in India currently employs around 15,000 people. Adding to the statement, SAP AI is incorporated into the systems that enable the customers’ most crucial business operations and work alongside their users to discover outstanding insights and efficiency, making them more knowledgeable and valuable to their organization.
In July, SAP Labs India also announced a partnership with the National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India to improve the digital government capabilities in India.
The International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B), a deemed university, began operations in 1998 with a vision of contributing to the world of information technology through teaching, research, entrepreneurship, and innovation. The autonomous Institute has consistently been at the forefront of IT education and innovation. Since its inception, the Institute has trained over 3,500 students, who today work in over 100 well-known IT product and service firms. Alumni of the programme have formed more than 50 businesses.
The Institute attracts students from all across India and overseas, and it has the unique distinction of selecting 100% of students based on merit from all over the country and abroad, enhancing the level of discourse and peer group at the Institute. It has a distinct position as a top technology institute because its interdisciplinary courses cross information technology and social sciences and are pursued by students from various academic backgrounds. The Institute aims to become a globally recognized institution of higher learning in the field of information technology, especially at the master’s and doctoral levels.