Exclusive Interview with : Dilip Kumar Khandelwal, Managing Director of SAP Labs India
Updated on: 24 Jun 2016
As it completes 20 years in India, SAP is on a drive to promote entrepreneurship
German software company SAP, which completes 20 years in India this year, is on a big drive to engage with start-ups. On Thursday, its R&D arm, SAP Labs India, will flag off SAP Startup Social, a platform to drive thought leadership in entrepreneurship. A quarterly event, the first of these will be held at its Bengaluru campus in association with TiE Bangalore and Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) of IIM Ahmedabad. In an interview with Chitra Narayanan, SAP Labs India Managing Director Dilip Kumar Khandelwal shares how the larger goal in promoting entrepreneurship is to fuel the spirit of innovation.
This year, SAP has been focusing a lot on entrepreneurship. Why so? What are you doing internally and externally?
SAP Labs wants to be the most innovative workplace. To achieve this, we are promoting a culture of entrepreneurship internally so that we can create ground-up innovations. This means, every employee within SAP Labs has the access to create something new, or upgrade any of the existing products. We are giving employees the space, freedom and platform to create a prototype or improve upon existing products.
Do employees who come up with ideas work exclusively on them or is it in addition to their regular assignments? When do they have the time?
We have a flexible work culture and don't clock time. Actually, people are passionate. They really want to spend extra time if they have a groundbreaking idea and I have not come across one person who says, 'I want to go with this idea, but do not want to do my regular job'. If their idea clicks and becomes big, they can be moved to it full time.