Business Software Leader SAP Sets Up Research Facility in Belfast

Invest Northern Ireland today announced that SAP AG, the world’s leading provider of business software solutions, has chosen Belfast as the location for its first U.K. research centre. Supported by Invest NI, SAP is investing £1.5 million to set up a centre that will carry out leading-edge research in the emerging field of grid computing.

SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software solutions. SAP employs 30,000 people in more than 50 countries and has a turnover of over $7billion.

“Belfast offers a wealth of relevant expertise particularly through the University of Ulster and Queen’s University, a leader in grid computing research worldwide,” said Jeremy Fitch, Managing Director of Business International, Invest NI.

“The project is highly innovative and the knowledge developed in Belfast will put Northern Ireland in a very strong position to attract similar foreign ICT investments.”

Invest NI is supporting the investment via its Start programme, which aims to increase the amount of industrial research undertaken by companies either on their own or in partnership with the universities.

“One of Invest NI’s goals is to build on the world class research in our universities by attracting inward investment from world class technology companies such as SAP” added Jeremy Fitch. “In addition, we aim to support the development of higher value-added products. This investment will create significant academic-industrial linkages and help to commercialise academic knowledge.”

“Our aim is to strengthen SAP’s leadership in the area of IT innovation,” said Wolfgang Gerteis, director of the SAP Research Campus-based Engineering Centre (CEC) in Belfast. “In the Belfast CEC, we will be focusing on grid computing and are looking forward to working with the local universities to make significant advances in this area.”