NextGen Lab

Doorway to the Central Michigan University SAP NextGen Lab

At our SAP NextGen Lab, you'll have the space to experiment, create and innovate with SAP software while working directly with the SAP company and its customers. You can research and design transformative updates that improve business efficiencies around the globe.


Our SAP NextGen lab has four workstations that can fit up to seven students at a time. We also have state-of-the-art equipment and tools for you to use for innovating and prototyping.


  • 12 SAP ECC or S/4 HANA servers
  • 8 laptops for student use
  • 50” monitor for easy collaboration
  • 3D printer to create parts and other necessary objects
  • Raspberry Pis (model 3 and 4), a smallcredit-card sized computer, used for computing and coding
  • Arduino Nanos,a compressed microcomputer that is used to control the functions of embedded systems.
  • 3 Keysight oscilloscopes to test and display voltage signals
  • Various electronic components (breadboards, resistors, capacitors, transistors, etc.)

Current Projects

SAP Candy Factory Project

Measuring Inventory Levels

Our faculty and information systems students are currently partnering to build a system that will automatically measure the number of raw materials at each workstation on an assembly line and ensure that a factory never runs out of stock. If levels begin to drop, the system will connect to SAP to send out alerts to various departments.