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Founded in 1972, SAP is the recognized leader in providing collaborative business solutions for all types of industries and for every major market.

With 12 million users, 91,500 installations, and more than 1,500 partners, SAP is the world's largest inter-enterprise software company and the world's third-largest independent software supplier overall. We have a rich history of innovation and growth that has made us a true industry leader. SAP employs more than 32,000 people in more than 50 countries. Our professionals are dedicated to providing high-level customer support and services.

Today, based on Enterprise Services Architecture and the underlying integration and application platform, SAP NetWeaver, SAP is providing its customers with solutions for end-to-end business processes. With SAP NetWeaver, companies can integrate people, information, and processes within the company and beyond.

SAP Research is the technology research department of SAP, situated in different locations worldwide. Targeted to support SAPís long-term strategy and to establish SAP as the thought leader in the area of innovative and breakthrough information technology, SAP Research observes current and upcoming IT trends, determines the business value of new technologies for SAP and introduces new technology and concepts for future solutions that will be of strategic importance to SAP and its customers. SAP Research has identified long-term research programs (including among others Smart Items, Security & Trust, and Business Process Modeling and Management). It acts - if necessary - trend-driven on imminent IT or market changes. The Security and Trust Research Program is one of the long-term research programs. A dozen of full-time researchers work at SAP Labs France in Sophia-Antipolis and CEC Karlsruhe on different security-related projects, some of which are funded by the European Union.

The main fields of expertise of the team fall under the category named Application-level Security. They include Access Management, Access Control Policies, Formal Security Models, Organisational Control, Software Security, and Formal Methods.

With the increasing mobility of workers, there is a need for moving parts of the business intelligence onto mobile devices that can simultaneously run applications from multiple application providers. Therefore with enterprise applications now running closely to other applications, the topic of non-interference has become increasingly important for SAP. For some maintenance or emergency scenarios where temporary downloads of applications might be beneficial, SAP Research believes that Proof Carrying Code techniques could bring interesting advantages for SAP applications.