SAP SE is a Germany-based European multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. SAP was ranked #1 "Great place to work in India" for the year 2018. Read more to learn about Pranamya's experience interning at SAP Labs India.
On 2nd September 2017, after clearing 2 rigorous technical rounds and 1 HR round, four students from VJTI, including me, were selected to be a part of SAP Internship Experience Project (iXp) for the period of May – July 2018. I was eager to work at SAP's largest Research and Development center outside its headquarters in Germany and to be a part of a connected lab network of 20 Labs in 17 countries.
My journey began the day I got an email for the internship offer and then an email from my manager. I talked to him on the phone to understand the project that I woud be working on, and to be better prepared for my internship. I started as an intern on 14th May, submitting my documents, and then recieving my ID card, laptop and other essentials. After that, our manager and mentor came to receive all the interns. We had a small introductory session with them where they introduced us to the project they were working on and asked us what our interests were. During the first week we were given some topics to study on each day, and at the end of the week we had to give a presentation on the processes we would use to develop a cloud-based application. The idea behind the presentation was to make us do research and present our ideas on how we would go about the process. We had an interactive presentation session where our ideas were discussed and appreciated by our manager. We were then assigned projects on which we would work during the internship.
With another intern from NIT Trichy, I was assigned to work on the Leonardo accelerator project. SAP Leonardo is an upcoming project which combines next-gen technologies and industry expertise to rapidly transform business into an Intelligent Enterprise. I worked on two modules where I was always doing research and proposing new ways in which the things could be implemented. I made many POCs (Proof of concepts) to show how things could be implemented for the project. I incorporated knowledge on many things like Jenkins, Sonartype Nexus, data ingestion with Kafka, REST API, Docker and many more. Off work, I utilised SAP’s wonderful learning portal to do courses on Cloud Computing, DevOps and Blockchain.
We used to spend most of the day at the campus beginning with nutritious breakfast and then leaving after having a delicious dinner. There was no pressure to sit for hours on our desks and the only thing we had do was complete our tasks on time. After lunch we used to play a game of pool if possible (I learnt to play Pool here, at SAP!). Everyday we had discussions over a cup of coffee/tea at around 4 in the evening in cafeteria on our updates and on the things we were planning to do next. We would go for snacks at the open cafeteria around 6 pm and then we would cycle around the beautiful campus for about half an hour before returning to our desk by 7 to finish off our remaining work. We would play table tennis at around 8 before going for dinner.
Being at SAP, we were a part of many events happening on campus such as the IOT summit, Environment Day and the best of all was the celebration of SAP Labs being awarded the 1st position for a “Great Place To Work For” in India. On June 28, SAP Labs was awarded with “India’s Best Companies to Work For 2018” award for its work culture, innovation and research. SAP has its own Start-up Studio and co-innovation lab which currently incubates 16 companies and is SAP’s first in-house startup accelerator program to incubate startups and nurture their growth.
This experience has exceeded my expectations as I have truly enjoyed every moment here. Now I realize that no matter how small/big the task might have seemed, I always came out of it learning something. Although my period of stay was of two months, with all the help and guidance there, I was able to gain a lot of exposure.
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