Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

SAP announces new IoT features, alliance with Microsoft

William Payne
February 28, 2019

German industrial software developer SAP has unveiled a range of IoT capabilities for its digital business process platform Leonardo. The announcement, made at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, follows the company's acquisition of data analytics firm Qualtrics. SAP also announced a range of integrations between Leonardo's IoT functions and Microsoft's Azure IoT Hub.

According to a statement put out by 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 says Leonardo IoT will allow customers to combine IoT data with business process data to enable IoT-embedded business applications. Included in these integrations between IoT data and SAP's range of business and ERP enterprise software systems are S/4HANA, C/4HANA suite, the SuccessFactors suite, Ariba, and the SAP Digital Supply Chain portfolio.

In addition to unveiling IoT capabilities for its business process platform, SAP has also announced a new collaboration with Microsoft to integrate IoT data onto Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. SAP says that the collaboration offers its customers the possibility of using Microsoft Azure IoT Hub as a connectivity and device management layer for IoT telemetry data, which is relayed to the Leonardo IoT platform.

A new feature, SAP Leonardo IoT Edge, will 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 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."

"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."