SAP has established its latest research centre for "emerging technologies" in Brisbane.
The centre, SAP’s seventh, will employ five full-time researchers, with a moving population amounting to about another 10. The emphasis will be on collaboration, with joint projects involving the Queensland Institute of Technology and the distributed systems technology centre at the University of Queensland.
Areas of research are expected to include mobile computing, "e-learning", workflow management between organisations and application integration.
SAP has had a long association with the university and the institute, says local chief Les Hayman.
Establishment of the research centre is a step forward in Queensland’s much touted new image as the "smart state" as well the more traditional "sunshine state".
Hayman says SAP is committed to all 13 countries in the region, suggesting that there is still "massive opportunity in the region" for original thought to contribute to SAP developments. Asia-Pacific IT workers should strive to "move up the food chain" of IT development work from "the coolie end", which many of them were still forced to occupy.