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SAP Expands Its Internet of Things (IoT) Offerings

| May 13, 2016

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SAP SE unveiled new offerings for customers and partners on the comprehensive SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the Internet of Things (IoT).

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With a focus on the “things to outcome” part of the IoT journey, SAP can help capture the real value of the IoT by connecting “things” to the enterprise to provide better insights and proactive actions giving customers the outcomes they want. This announcement was made at IoT World 2016 being held May 10–12 in Santa Clara, California.

“SAP is helping customers map their journeys through digital transformation, and the IoT has the potential to drive the largest segment of growth in new business value,”said Tanja Rueckert, SAP EVP LoB Digital Assets and IoT.

“We offer the right solution infrastructure and are committed to building the strongest, most comprehensive ecosystem for the IoT in the industry. Our robust platform and line-of-business and industry applications for the IoT enable customers to improve their operational efficiency and transform their business models.”

SAP Brings Business Value to Customers Through Their IoT Journey
“At EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) the ability to access and analyze large amounts of data quickly, with high accuracy across a globalized and digitalized world, is critical, and we needed a truly innovative approach to stay ahead,” said Matthias Beier, CIO, EDF Renewable Energy. “We have a constant need to perform machine data analysis along with geolocation mapping and transactional data from SAP. The powerful analytics capabilities of SAP HANA with operational data in the OSIsoft PI System make meeting these business needs possible by delivering an inventive IoT platform enabling better analytics and decision-making capabilities across our organization.”

The data available from smart, connected devices represents an enormous opportunity but also places new demands on the capabilities of an enterprise platform. SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the IoT provides a comprehensive set of capabilities that extends the SAP HANA platform and SAP HANA Vora™ software to address the needs of IoT applications, while providing the flexibility to address different solution and architecture patterns.

Customers can use these offerings from SAP and supported partner solutions to build and expand upon their existing investments in SAP HANA to cover their growing IoT-driven demands in the area of edge computing, connectivity management, device management, mobile enablement, dashboarding, analytics and predictive computing. Solutions like the Siemens MindSphere are already productive and operating on SAP HANA Cloud Platform. SAP is supporting OpenStack as the cloud infrastructure and Cloud Foundry as the open source framework for SAP HANA Cloud Platform. The new IoT offerings from SAP include:

  • The IoT foundation bundle for SAP HANA provides a set of critical capabilities for IoT data management. Smart data streaming allows for data filtering, aggregation and correlation at scale. In combination with the IoT intelligent edge processing bundle, remote data synchronization guarantees data consistency between the edge database and the platform database. Dynamic tiering is the tool to manage multitier database storage according to the value of the data to lower cost in Big Data scenarios. SAP HANA Vora transforms Big Data analysis with an in-memory computing engine for Hadoop. Also included in the bundle is the IoT SIM management connector for SAP HANA, which allows cellular IoT device connectivity management with a user interface based on the SAP Fiori® user experience (UX).
  • The IoT intelligent edge processing bundle for SAP HANA delivers a compelling set of technologies that run at the edge of the network to complement the IoT foundation for SAP HANA. These capabilities consist of a “streaming lite” component, the edge database and sync client, and SAP® Plant Connectivity software.

Dell and SAP Bring Business to the Edge
Dell and SAP are also collaborating on models designed to help address the industry’s biggest operational challenges, such as business continuity, overall equipment effectiveness, maintenance costs and return on assets. Dell and SAP have long been close partners, and collaborating on the IoT is a natural next step. By combining Dell’s intelligent Edge Gateway 5000 with SAP solutions for the IoT, customers can extend their digital core to the edge to gain cost-effective, real-time insights enabling their digital transformation.

SAP and Hitachi Plan to Create Innovative, Industry-Focused IoT Solutions
Strengthened by their combined IT and OT expertise and powerful respective technologies, SAP and Hitachi announced an expanded global collaboration to create and customize industry-specific IoT solutions for a range of applications, particularly around the areas of smart manufacturing, smart city, transportation and logistics. The companies expect these solutions will drive digital transformation and connected intelligence for organizations across the globe, helping customers realize the transformative power of their data.

SAP Partners Offer Options for IoT Data Consumption
Under its existing partnership, OSIsoft prepares and delivers analytics- and application-ready industrial operations data for SAP HANA. With IoT SIM management capabilities from SAP, customers can now interface SIM-based connectivity management solutions such as the Vodafone Managed IoT Connectivity Platform or Cisco Jasper.

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