SAP, maker of software focused on supporting and executing structured business processes, is developing an application designed to give the unstructured process of collaboration a home in the SAP landscape. Sameer Patel, Global Vice President, Enterprise Collaboration and Social Software Solutions at SAP, shared last month that a new initiative to develop a social layer for SAP’s applications, called Project Robus, has begun.
The goal of Project Robus is to create a social business platform that users can access from any given SAP application, through the web, or with their mobile devices. It will also have an open interface that will allow developers to integrate it with third-party applications.
Sameer Patel, recently brought on to direct SAP’s social enterprise technology and now leading Project Robus, is adamant that enterprise social software needs to be built to support and accelerate business activities as opposed to providing a set of social tools without specific business uses. Determined to build a social collaboration platform that fits into the activities of workers, Sameer Patel aims for Project Robus to deliver a collaboration stream to users at the points where they need to solve problems, handle exceptions, or make decisions, whether that be in an on-premise environment, or a cloud environment, such as SuccessFactors.
Aaron Au, Chief Technical Officer of SuccessFactors, is leading the technical development of the Project Robus platform.