School of Business and Economics

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25 Jun 2018

School celebrates 10 year industry collaboration with SAP

students at a Mac Lab on campus

June 2018 marks the tenth year of the School of Business and Economics relationship with SAP University Alliances. SAP is the world leader in enterprise applications and the world’s third largest independent software manufacturer.

Led by Dr Crispin Coombs, Reader in Information Systems, the highly successful collaboration has led to many exciting opportunities for undergraduate postgraduate students and both in the classroom and beyond.

As part of the innovative teaching provided by the Information Management group, students have been able to gain valuable experience of industry standard software as part of their degree, with expert guest speakers from SAP. SBE Students have also participated in a hackathon at the UK Cabinet Office designing new solutions to help government processes and have secured rewarding industry placements at SAP headquarters.

The relationship has also been valuable for research activities with doctoral researchers, supervised by Dr Crispin Coombs and the late Professor Neil Doherty working with SAP and their clients to explore how to improve the benefits realised from technology investments.

Crispin’s research led to benefits realisation being included as a key criterion for the prestigious SAP UK&I quality awards that celebrate and recognise organisations that have excelled in the implementation of their SAP software solutions, for which Crispin has been a judge for over six years.

Later this year, the School will further develop its relationship with SAP, establishing a new Next Gen Lab for cutting-edge research and teaching.

Crispin said:

We really value our relationship with SAP and the benefits it brings for our students and researchers. It’s invaluable for students have experience of working with industry standard technologies, which sets them apart in the ultra-competitive graduate job market.

Sally Nunekpeku, SBE BSc Information Management and Business alumni and IBM Watson Consultant, added:

Using SAP in the ERP module was a great way to prepare students whether they are going into sales, consulting or even marketing. It allowed me to look at a business solution and make an informed decision about the next steps that a business should take which is relevant to any role and business.

Martin Gollogly, Director, SAP Next-Gen, said:

Ten years ago Loughborough University joined the global SAP University Alliances network. It was exciting to see one of the UK’s top universities joining up with the world’s top business applications company. Crispin Coombs led the collaboration from the University side, and he has been able to bring tremendous benefits to the university through an innovative partnership style that went beyond simply using our software for teaching.

It is for this reason that I named Loughborough University as one of our Next Gen Labs earlier in 2018 – one of only 150 out of a global membership of over 3,000 institutions. I believe this is a recognition of the depth and sophistication of Loughborough University’s approach to teaching and research and I believe it is an excellent foundation for the future.