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Le plus bel immeuble d’Israël hightech? Peut-être celui de SAP à Raanana… SAP SE est une entreprise de droit européen (SE signifiant « Societas Europaea » en latin) qui conçoit et vend des logiciels, notamment des systèmes de gestion et de maintenance, principalement à destination des entreprises et des institutions dans le monde entier. SAP est le premier éditeur de logiciels en Europe et le quatrième dans le monde. Son siège se trouve à Walldorf, en Allemagne, et le groupe dispose de bureaux régionaux sur les cinq continents. Son produit le plus connu est le progiciel de gestion intégré SAP ERP.

LE PLUS. Le groupe de logiciel allemand SAP renforce sa présence en Israël en lançant son programme Foundry, dont l’objectif est d’accroître les investissements dans les start-up. SAP a réalisé 10 acquisitions en Israël ces deux dernières décennies et emploie 800 développeurs dans ses centres R&D de Ra’anana et Tel Aviv. (Source : Pauline Quinebeche)

LE PLUS. SELON HAARETZ. There is an enormous gap between Israeli high-tech and the local construction industry, which is based on very low-tech and churns out thousands of ugly, unremarkable buildings every year. So it’s no wonder that many of the country’s tech companies are located in buildings that are not particularly smart.

But changes are afoot. Check Point Software Technologies has turned the facade of its building on Hahaskala Boulevard in southeastern Tel Aviv into a “green wall,” organic shapes break up the straight lines of the SAP Israel building in Ra’anana, and many high-tech companies are housed in architect Ron Arad’s two-legged Totzeret Haaretz Tower on Derekh Hashalom Street in Tel Aviv.

Intel, whose 650 million shekel ($187 million) building was unveiled in September, wanted not a loud, prominent architectural icon but rather a smart, and technology-rich box — what the company modestly calls “the smartest building in the world.” The company’s ambition paid off: The building was awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certificate, the American standard for green construction.

The building is located in Kiryat Arye, a bland office park, cut off from the urban fabric of Petah Tikva, on a campus that includes trees and gardens as well as employee parking lots. Yaniv Garty, the CEO of Intel Israel, and Tamara Friedman, the Smart Buildings Program Manager at Intel Europe, explain how the building originated. Garty says that Intel headquarters was scattered among several buildings in Petah Tikva, and the company decided to concentrate its activity in a single building. (Intel also has centers in Haifa, in Jerusalem and in Kiryat Gat, in southern Israel.)

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