Familie Ines & Markus Lauff

Markus Lauff - Lebenslauf / CV

Dr. Markus Lauff - Detailed Curriculum Vitae / Lebenslauf (2011/05/02)

Personal Details


Dr.-Ing.Markus Lauff

Date and Place of Birth

5th August 1968, Ludwigshafen/Rhein, Germany


Mozartstraße 23, 68723 Oftersheim, Germany


Phone: +49 (6202) 592034
Email: markus@lauff.name



Work Experience

SAP SE – P&I CEC Marketing (hybris Marketing)

April 2015 – to date

Chief Development Architect @ Central Architecture Team

In charge of software architecture relevant topics in the area of  UI Technology, Social Networks, Mobile, and User Experience


SAP AG – SAP Active Global Support

September 2011 – April 2015

Head of Global Center-of-Expertise User Experience & Mobile

  • Defined Premium Engagement support portfolio for Ux and mobile
  • Providing pro-active support for strategic customers
  • Onboarding and roll-out of new topics to regional CoEs
  • Presentations at Sapphire, MaxAttention Summit
SAP AG – TIP BAT EPM Shared Business Components (former SAP Business Objects POA / PTU Emerging Solutions / PTU Business User - CTO & Framework, Performance Optimization Application Framework, Head of Product Management)

Aug. 2006 – September 2011

Program Product Owner

  • Executed QCD responsibility for full development lifecycle from planning, development to productization for BUI, CLM, MOAM, OCA
  • Changed global SBC product management structure and processes from project oriented development into agile SCRUM-based development
  • Set-up global product management team in Bangalore, Dublin, Levallois, Palo Alto, and Walldorf
  • Managed a global team of product owners / team assistant / students

SAP AG – SAP Research (former Corporate Research, CEC Karlsruhe)

Mar. 2005 – Jul. 2006

Director Research Portfolio Office

  • Managed global SAP Research research portfolio
  • Presented research strategies and results to the SAP executive team
  • Supported the alignment of the SAP Research portfolio with the SAP Board

Jan. 2004 – Mar. 2005

Director Research Business Development

  • Coordinated SAP Research project applications with European Commission and national funding boards (e.g. BMBF)
  • Represented SAP in international industrial research projects (e.g. with NOKIA, Siemens, W3C)
  • Introduced SAP-wide research transfer value assessment

2002 – Dec. 2003

Program Manager

  • Coordinated research activities
    in the area of “Device Independent Application Engineering”
  • Acquired research 3rd-party project funding (e.g. from European Commission)
  • Set up research activities in Palo Alto, Sophia Antipolis, and Karlsruhe

2000  – 2002

Project Manager, Senior Researcher, Consultant and IT Architect

  • Led international industrial research project CONSENSUS
  • Led Pervasive Computing research group
  • Research on new key technologies pertaining to B2B,B2E business
  • Designed and realized ubiquitous office infrastructure
  • Evaluated of mobile/e-commerce projects and strategies

University of Karlsruhe, Telecooperation Office (TecO)

1995 – 2000

Research Assistant

  • Designed IT architectures for ubiquitous systems
  • Presented scientific papers/results at international conferences
  • Supervised student/research work within industrial projects (e.g. with Digital Equipment Corporation, SAP AG, Daimler Benz AG)
  • Led student practical courses and seminars / Prepared lectures
  • Acquisition of research projects/funding (e.g. from European Commission)
  • Designed and implemented integration of mobile appliances into a multimedia information system
  • Managed and administered department's IT infrastructure

Columbus Consulting, IT-Consulting, Oftersheim

1992  – to date

Chairman, Consultant

  • IT consultancy for SME and public institutions
  • Design and development of communal web sites



European Patents

  • Flat-Navigation (04024519.3 / 10/685,285)
  • Device Independent Authoring Tools (03029190.0 10/583,184)
  • Complexity Indicator (03029167.8 10/582,937)

US Patents

  • Method and computer system for evaluating the complexity of a user interface (8,959,488) (2007/0162,874)
  • Information organization navigation (7,669,146) (2005/0080,793)


Executive MBA
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland


SAP AHEAD 2005 Advanced Management Program
University of St. Gallen - Executive MBA in Media and Communication

  • International and Global Economics
  • International HR Management
  • Digital Business
  • Process Management
  • Logistics and Operations Management
  • Innovation, Intrapreneurship and Market Entry Strategy
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing

University of Karlsruhe, Germany

Nov. 2001

Received Dr.-Ing. from University of Karlsruhe
(PhD Computer Science)

Thesis: “System-support for Ubiquitous Applications”

Diplom Informatiker
University of Karlsruhe, Germany


Graduated “Diplom-Informatiker” from University of Karlsruhe
(MSc Computer Science)

Master Thesis: “Performance Analysis of IEEE 802.11 networks”

1989 – 1994 

Computer Science studies at University of Karlsruhe


Graduated "Abitur" from "Technisches Gymnasium" Mannheim

1985 – 1988 

Secondary education "Technisches Gymnasium" in Mannheim

1979 – 1985 

Secondary education "Hebel-Gymnasium" in Schwetzingen

1975 – 1979 

Primary education in Untereisesheim and Oftersheim

Scientific Research

Nov. 2002 – 2007

Applied Research in the area of Web Engineering, Device Independent Application Engineering

Oct. 2001 – Nov. 2002

Applied Research in the area of pervasive/mobile computing and advanced customer interfaces

Oct. 1995 – Oct. 2000

Research at the University of Karlsruhe, Institute for Telematics, Telecooperation Office (TecO)

University Teaching

2002 – 2008

Lecture University Main Course: "TK2 Web Engineering, Web Cooperation and eLearning"
University of Darmstadt, Faculty of Computer Science, Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser



Track Chair "Web Engineering - SAP Innovation Congress 2003"


Program Committee: WWW 2003 – Web Engineering Track


Program Committee: 3rd International Workshop on Smart Appliances and Wearable Computing (IWSAWC)


Co-Chair W3C Workshop on Device Independent Authoring Techniques (DIAT)

2002 – 2005

Member of the W3C Device Independent Working Group

1998 – to date

Computer Society Memberships: ACM, IEEE, Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI)

Expert IT Skills (exemplary list)

Operating Systems

installation/administration/programming / LAN administration
(e.g. MS Windows, Linux, EPOC, Palm OS, Mac OS, Digital Unix)

Application Servers

HTML Server installation/administration (MS IIS, Apache), WAP Server


Since 1981, e.g. ABAP, Java, C++/C, Visual Basic, SQL, Pascal, Assembler

Database programming (MySQL, MS SQL, MS Access)


Since 2001, e.g. BlackBerry, Android, EPOC, Palm


Since 2002, Standalone and CMS
(e.g. Flex, HTML, WML, ASP, PHP, Java Script, Active X, JSP)

Military Service

1988 – 1989

Telecommunication Unit


Honorary-Medal of the German Federal Armed Forces

Social Engagements

2011 - to date Chairman of the TSV Oftersheim

2010 – to date

Coach of the sport climbing group / TSV Oftersheim

1996 – 2007

Coach of the Judo Club Oftersheim (License C)

1997 – 2000

Chairman of the Judo Club Oftersheim

Extra-curricular Information

Language Skills 

German (native), English (fluent), French (some reading)

Driving License 



Sport Climbing, Golf, Skiing, Diving