Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

SAP launches IoT cloud platform and collaborates with Intel and Siemens

Steve Rogerson
May 13, 2015
SAP has launched the Hana cloud platform for the IoT, expanding its portfolio of IoT products to help users connect the core of their business to the edge of the network, gain operational efficiencies and drive the creation of new revenue models, products and services. The announcement was made at last week’s Sapphire Now conference in Florida.
The German company continues to broaden its reach by collaborating with Siemens and Intel to make it easier for users to adopt and manage IoT products and services. These collaborations add to a partner ecosystem SAP has developed including recent announcements with Jasper, Accenture and T-Systems. Additionally, customers including Tennant are gaining business value from leveraging Hana to implement IoT.
“SAP is helping customers reimagine their business with the most comprehensive portfolio of internet of things solutions from core business operations to the edge of the network,” said Steve Lucas, president for platforms at SAP. “With the launch of SAP Hana cloud platform for the internet of things, our customers and partners now have the ability to connect anything to any app or business process in their company and business network. This will achieve operational excellence and deliver new customer experiences, products and services.”
The platform provides the infrastructure to let businesses securely tap into a network of millions of connected devices. Building on its existing data and application services, which include predictive analytics, telematics, geo-location and more, the recently launched IoT services from SAP plan to enable the device cloud for faster delivery of IoT business value – device management, IoT messaging and IoT application enablement including data modelling.
IoT services from SAP plan to support cost-efficient and quick development, deployment and operation. Private cloud deployments intend to enable SAP users to run their own device cloud or to operate a device cloud for their customers. To make it easy for customers to deploy IoT applications at the edge, SAP will include for a limited time free and unlimited access to the SAP SQL Anywhere suite — lightweight embeddable databases for remote devices for use with the Hana cloud platform.
SAP offers a portfolio of IoT applications such as the SAP Connected Assets, including the cloud edition of SAP Predictive Maintenance & Service and SAP Connected Logistics software, among others that leverage the IoT platform.
Siemens has chosen Hana to build the Siemens Cloud for Industry as an open cloud platform for analysing large datasets in the industry. It is intended to simplify industrial customers’ ability to create additional value from the IoT to help boost their own production as well as product and service offerings. Siemens plans to create an open IT ecosystem for OEMs and application developers based on the Hana cloud platform,
“The SAP and Siemens relationship is expected to help enable the internet of things and Industry 4.0 for industrial customers,” said Peter Weckesser, CEO for customer service at Siemens. “The introduction of the new Siemens Cloud for Industry powered by SAP Hana aims to provide a significant contribution towards the digitalisation of the production space. Powerful services for analysing data from industry are an important part of our digital enterprise strategy.”
SAP and Intel are collaborating to simplify, secure and scale the IoT for the enterprise. Intel provides a blueprint for industry-leading, interoperable IoT products. SAP is taking the complementary Hana platform with the Intel blueprint to simplify IoT end-to-end deployments for enterprises. The first step in the collaboration is a joint proof of concept to integrate the Intel IoT Gateway with the SAP cloud.
Tennant, a manufacturer of indoor and outdoor environmental cleaning products, wanted to provide its customers better information on machine asset usage, location tracking and maintenance history. Tennant uses Hana to deliver to customers both real-time machine data from its fleet of cleaning equipment and ERP data from its core business processes. The goal is to help worldwide customers manage fleets of machine assets communicating in real time.
“Using SAP Hana, Tennant is able to differentiate its solutions and remain competitive in the cleaning equipment business,” said Paul Wellman, CIO for Tennant. “Now our customers can measure usage across their fleet to drive operational consistency, track machines to better manage assets and leverage this business intelligence to achieve significant cost savings.”