The game is on! The SAP Gamification Cup at SAP Labs in Palo Alto started yesterday. CTO Vishal Sikka and SAP Labs Palo Alto managing director Barbara Holzapfel invited 2,000 employees on the campus for an opportunity to unleash their innovative spirit, collaboration, and creativity in the area of user experience and user engagement: The SAP Gamification Cup.
In the next weeks employees will form teams and focus on creating software prototypes that reflect a gamification approach and outcome. How can we make the travel expense system more engaging and fun, how the leave request, how can we nudge people to be more compliant with time reporting, or how can we onboard them slowly on complex software and not frustrate them? Or are there ways to make the UI of manufacturing processes way more gameful with avatars or 3D worlds like FarmVille or SimCity? And what about racking users achievements and better identifying experts and the best users like we do on the SAP Developer Network?
These and many other challenges will be the topics that the teams will tackle and many more that we are not yet aware of. I am especially proud that we have two gamification platform providers – Badgeville and Bunchball – offering their platforms so that our teams can enrich SAP software with game mechanics. The event will also be accompanied by multiple training session around gamification.
As Vishal and Barbara stated in their SAP Gamification Cup announcement
"We’re in a new era of enterprise software, one where customers are increasingly considering the usability, design and overall experience in their decision making about whether to purchase SAP software. If SAP is to thrive, we need to revolutionize customers’ experience with our software."
Customers and partners are looking to gamification for inspiration, that's why it is critical that SAP understands how and where in the development of our software gamification can best be applied. SAP is dedicated in leading the industry by exploring gamification and bringing innovation to customers.
The SAP Gamification Cup will culminate in a DemoJam on June 14th. Each team will have 6 minutes to demo their solution and winners will be selected by a jury of external experts (including a leading expert Gabe Zichermann from Gamification.co) and SAP executives. The winners will go to SAP TechEd in Las Vegas, where the SAP Innojam this year will have gamification as a topic.
Follow the event on SDN, Twitter, Youtube and other channels to get a better understanding of where the word of business software is heading to.
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