SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today unveiled SAP® Leonardo Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, the all-encompassing technology that generates and drives digital transformation for Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0. In addition, SAP announced the cloud-to-cloud interoperability of SAP Leonardo IoT with Microsoft Azure IoT Hub, providing customers a choice of connectivity and device management. SAP is committed to a strong ecosystem for IoT and understands the value its partners can bring to joint customers. This announcement was made at MWC being held February 25–28 in Barcelona.
SAP is uniquely positioned to bring IoT data together with business processes. SAP Leonardo IoT will help customers increase productivity, redefine their customer experience and grow their revenue streams. It will enable customers to embed IoT into line-of-business (LoB) solutions, enhance business applications with IoT technology and develop new business models based on the new data the IoT solutions generate.
“SAP delivers valuable insight and drives business results by embedding IoT data into business processes,” said Elvira Wallis, senior vice president and global head of IoT at SAP. “With the launch of SAP Leonardo IoT, SAP solidifies its commitment to the IoT, and in particular Industrial IoT. The combination of IoT and our depth and breadth of high-value industry and application expertise helps customers gain greater business value and a stronger competitive advantage.”
SAP Leonardo IoT will allow customers to innovate and enhance business processes using data-driven intelligence and operational context from machines, products, supply chains, consumers and partners. SAP Leonardo IoT will offer three paths to innovation for customers based on their specific business needs, including:
- Combining IoT data with business process data to enable IoT-embedded business applications and accelerate adoption to give customers the ability to innovate quickly from within business applications – including SAP S/4HANA®, the SAP C/4HANA suite, SAP SuccessFactors® solutions, SAP Ariba® solutions and the SAP Digital Supply Chain portfolio
- Extending existing SAP IoT applications for better business value
- Building new intelligent IoT solutions using SAP Leonardo IoT to create unique and differentiated offerings
“Aristoteles, Kaiserwetter’s data-as-a-service platform, uses the power of SAP Leonardo IoT to enable our customers to maximize the technical and financial performance of renewable energies and other infrastructure portfolios,” said Hanno Schoklitsch, CEO, Kaiserwetter. “By helping our customers to minimize their investment risks and to increase transparency, we foster investments in sustainability and make a game-changing contribution to global climate protection.”
Interoperability of SAP Leonardo IoT and Microsoft Azure IoT Hub
The new collaboration plans to offer customers the possibility of using Microsoft Azure IoT Hub as the connectivity and device management layer for IoT telemetry data, which is seamlessly relayed to SAP Leonardo IoT.
In addition, SAP Leonardo IoT Edge aims to give customers the option to extend support for their business processes locally on top of Microsoft Azure IoT Edge runtime. Essential business function (EBF) modules based on SAP Leonardo IoT Edge are also planned to run in containers on Microsoft Azure IoT Edge, reducing customers dependency on latency, bandwidth and connectivity.
SAP is committed to working with its ecosystem to help companies exceed their own customers’ expectations and maintain a competitive edge. SAP plans to offer the same interoperability with other partners in the future. For more information on the partnership, read Microsoft’s blog.