SAP Announces IoT Strategy

SAP on Tuesday announced its new IoT offerings for its partners and customers. The new offerings are based on SAP Hana Cloud platform and focuses on the “outcome” of any IoT implementation. It will connecte the ‘things’ to the enterprise customers 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.”

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.

As part of this strategy, SAP also announced its partnership with other technology firms like Dell. According to the partnership with Dell, SAP IoT software is now validated to run on Dell IoT gateways. Similarly, SAP has partnered with Hitachi to develop IoT solutions for some specific industry verticals.

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:

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