We have a continuing supply of Internet of Things product offerings. This is on the data aggregation and analysis side of the system. SAP recently held its TechEd &d-code conference in Berlin (Germany) where it unveiled three new products (solutions) and a partnership.
The three new products are SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service solution, SAP Connected Logistics software and the SAP Manufacturing Execution application. According to the release, the new SAP solutions for the IoT are envisioned to leverage the SAP HANA Cloud Platform for application enablement and advanced capabilities such as in-memory computing, predictive analytics and complex event processing. As part of its continued commitment to enable innovation in this space, SAP has announced the addition of 500 incremental dedicated developers to support various IoT initiatives.
“The Internet of Things will be the key enabler of industry scenarios and of innovations in the digital economy,” said Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Products & Innovation. “It is converging our digital and physical worlds, which will spur new products and services, and even change business models. The Internet of Things has the potential to dramatically improve responsiveness of businesses, reimagine customer experience and open up new opportunities and brand new business models such as move from sell-to-service based models. SAP customers that have already implemented Internet of Things solutions have seen considerable improvement in asset utilization and higher business process efficiency and helped address operational costs.”
SAP solutions for the IoT are powered by SAP HANA Cloud Platform, which is the core application development and enablement platform and provides the ability to generate real-time insights from sensor data and advanced capabilities such as in-memory computing, geo-spatial, telematics, predictive analytics and complex event processing. In addition, SAP HANA Cloud Platform offers open APIs that allow third-party providers to develop IoT applications.
SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service
Predictive Maintenance and Service is planned to deliver deep unified insight by integrating operations and analytics on a single platform. The solution intends to help assess historic and sensor data to assist users in predicting a malfunction before it occurs to help prevent a negative impact on profits.
SAP Connected Logistics
Connected Logistics is planned to allow logistics hub operators and others to monitor traffic toward and within a hub and facilitate communication between involved parties including those that do not have a direct business relationship. Furthermore, the software is planned to offer integration to backend transportation management systems, and lean dispatching capabilities for logistics service providers that do not have a sophisticated backend solution in place. SAP Connected Logistics customers can also use the recently announced AR warehouse picker mobile app that leverages wearable technology such as smart glass devices for a complete hands free operation, helping to eliminate the need for handheld scanners.
“For Hamburg Port Authority, the advantage is smooth traffic at the port and increased container turnover,” said Sascha Westermann, Operational IT Traffic Management, Hamburg Port Authority.
Connected Manufacturing from SAP
SAP Manufacturing Execution version 15.0 is envisioned to enable the Internet of Things for manufacturing operations. By integrating manufacturing results with real-time feeds into the SAP HANA platform, companies are expected to take advantage of the cloud for orchestrating and optimizing global operations — beyond a single production plant, use predictive analytics to drive cost efficiencies and achieve higher asset utilization. The new release includes support for SAP HANA, enhanced user experience, extended mobility and end-to-end enterprise integration for deeper manufacturing transparency. Leveraging SAP Manufacturing Execution with SAP HANA helps accelerate the promise of Industry 4.0 for innovative manufacturers.
SAP, Shell and Volkswagen Co-Innovate to Lay Foundations for Connected Vehicle
SAP also announced a co-innovation pilot program with Shell and Volkswagen AG to investigate how connected vehicles would interact with the world around them. The ongoing pilot in Hannover, Germany, aims to lay the foundations for a range of services including an integrated system for connected fueling.
“We believe the combination of simplicity, functionality and innovation is needed to create a seamless consumer experience. No company alone can deliver such an end-to-end experience,” said Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Products & Innovation. “Our collaboration with Volkswagen and Shell is a great showcase for the power of collaboration and innovation within a networked economy, with SAP HANA Cloud Platform, to simplify daily complexity.”
“We consider the connected car important in the development of our customers’ experience at Shell retail stations and will help us continue to provide outstanding customer service,” said Rene Honig, vice president, Strategy, Portfolio and Innovation at Shell’s Technical and Competitive IT division.
“The successful cross-industry pilot project demonstrates potential implementations of future mobility concepts and their utility and convenience for our customers,” said Dr. Volkmar Tanneberger, head of Electric and Electronic Development of Volkswagen. “Customer feedback on this pilot project is important to us as it helps us consider how to increase the use of mobility concepts in the future.”
The goal is to deliver drivers a hosted cloud-based solution that saves time and can deliver new customer offers through connected vehicles that could not be delivered by the three companies individually. The pilot forms the bases of discussion for further collaborations for connected vehicles between the three companies and others.