SAP Next-Gen Consulting:
Link universities with the industry

November 9th, 2016

How can you drive innovation from universities to industry? How can you integrate bright young minds into company projects? PDAgroup puts this into practice, through activities such as the SAP initiative Next-Gen Consulting.

In cooperation with the university Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) and the companies Cisco and Hitachi, PDAgroup has organized a consulting project for two motivated student groups that is supported by the SAP Initiative.

Source: PDAgroup GmbH

Source: PDAgroup GmbH

In the Cisco project, the students did a status analysis about digital education needs for refugees in Germany and Austria and formulated recommendations for Cisco. In the Hitachi case, they analyzed the status of industry 4.0 in the German “Mittelstand”, including their specific needs and finished the project with the creation of a prototype.

Both analyses run parallel with interviews of various stake-holders. At the end, the students participated in a Design Thinking Workshop with SAP and PDAgroup to reflect on their results and create action points.  

Source: PDAgroup GmbH

Source: PDAgroup GmbH

All parties involved were very satisfied with the result and additionally for the next semester PDAgroup and MCI are going to work with SAP in two master programs.

Dietmar Kilian, founder and managing partner of PDAgroup and professor at the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), mentioned: “Our special didactical approach combines clear scientific education and business expertise to develop entrepreneurial talents. To support that vision, we integrate high-level international academics and business experts in applied R&D projects in our network. This is enabled through a perfect organizational structure, offering an outstanding level of service.”

For more information, about organising specialized knowledge workshops for your business or how we could help you integrate young bright minds into your business, please contact us directly. 

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Link universities with the industry


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