Big Data Innovation Lab

Initial Situation

Big Data Innovation Lab - Co-creating own innovations instead of counting others’ innovations.

The Big Data Innovation Lab (BDIL) brings academia and industry together to co-create future business systems with the objective to explore and understand the innovative potential of Big Data. For this purpose, we established an iterative research process with short research cycles, specific intermediate results, and close collaboration with representatives of the industry partner interested in conducting a big data research project.

In the BDIL our experienced Big Data researchers will help you on your way to innovation by accompanying you step-by-step from the problem formulation, to theory building, research design and problem solving. Furthermore, thanks to our Big Data Innovation Center (BDIC), you also have the opportunity to conduct your research activities on a modern Big Data platform – e.g. SAP HANA - using latest technologies and state-of-the-art infrastructure services. The BDIC is hosted by the SAP University Competence Center at the TU Munich, which is a SAP-Certified Provider of SAP HANA Operation Services. In this way, we offer a complete research platform to explore, design and evaluate data-driven process excellence in enterprises and business networks in different industry sectors, including automotive, health, IT services and public administration.

Project Aim

  • Explore, investigate, and evaluate new technologies
  • Co-create future business systems with industry partners
  • Establish labs to support open innovation processes
  • Conduct market surveys and innovation studies
  • Develop show cases of future business systems
  • Help industry partners to advance their innovation processes


Big Data project proposals are evaluated and the project scope and objectives are defined. We differentiate between co-creation projects and research labs. Co-creation projects are shorter than a year and focus on a concise industry-specific problem. Research Labs establish long-term spaces for innovation and creativity.

Work Packages

  • Decide project details and define project approach together with the industry partner
  • Create, elaborate and justify theory and develop a setting to study theory
  • Innovation co-creation with the engagement of various experts
  • (optional) Explore and validate the results on a SAP HANA platform (see BDIC)


  • Develop innovations in short and concise research projects
  • Profit by the theory building and research methodology experience of experienced TUM researchers
  • Build on the long research and innovation experience of the TUM researchers
  • Exchange and discuss innovative ideas with researchers and students
  • Positioning yourself as an attractive future employer

Facts and Figures (as of 4/2015)

Chair for Information Systems, TU Munich

  • 35 employees from different research areas
  • Over 20 running and more than 40 finished research projects in various research areas
  • More than 20 research partners from industry and science 


Scientific Partner

Technische Universität München, Chair for Information Systems (Prof. Dr. H. Krcmar)

Business Partner

SAP University Competence Center (UCC) location at Technische Universität in Munich
SAP University Alliances
Leibnitz Rechenzentrum


Dr. Holger Wittges