Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

SAP and T-Systems to roll-out connected logistics platform globally

Steve Rogerson
March 18, 2015
SAP and T-Systems plan to make their connected logistics work at Hamburg Port Authority a global offering. The OEM agreement covers SAP’s connected logistics software and the connected car system from T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. This formed the basis of the Smartport logistics network in Hamburg.
Using the system, companies, partners and customers are supplied with traffic information and services relating to the port using mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones. The objective was to optimise traffic and logistics processes to handle large volumes of goods in the port.
Germany-based SAP and T-Systems are now jointly offering Smartport logistics globally. With Smartport logistics, the companies have created an IT platform combined with mobile apps.
“Today, the logistics industry is frequently faced with the challenge of having to optimise flows of goods in a limited area,” said Horst Leonberger, head of the connected car business unit of Deutsche Telekom. “With Smartport logistics, we enable our customers to manage their flows of goods in real time and therefore make optimum use of the limited space.”
The offering is not only directed at ports but also at other logistics hubs such as airports, parcel distribution centres and production sites. Both companies are committed to work to extend the cooperation for cloud services in the domain of telematics services and real-time information for logistics.
 “The internet of things is at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution – Industry 4.0 – where smart businesses use information and communications technologies to digitise their processes and help reap huge benefits in the form of improving quality, driving lower costs and promoting increased efficiency,” said Nils Herzberg, senior vice-president at SAP. “The internet of things has the potential to dramatically simplify processes, reimagine customer experience and open up brand-new business models.”
• SAP and California-based Jasper are collaborating to help enterprises simplify the process of deploying and managing IoT services on a global scale. The Jasper Control Center platform, which automates the lifecycle of IoT services, is being integrated with the SAP Hana platform, creating business value for customers and partners by analysing service subscription and usage data. Enterprises are also expected to benefit from the SAP Fiori user experience (UX), which offers a simple, personalised and responsive UX for SAP software.
“Jasper has helped over 1600 enterprises across more than 20 industries around the world transform from product businesses to service businesses,” said Jahangir Mohammed, founder and CEO of Jasper. “We believe having the Jasper platform integrated with SAP Hana will increase business value by providing actionable insights into big data and shortening the time to market for IoT services. We are delighted to collaborate with SAP to work to bring these new capabilities to enterprise customers globally.”
Michael Lynch, global IoT co-lead at SAP, added: “SAP helps simplify the internet of things for business to better drive innovation. The collaboration with Jasper is planned to allow us to remove friction from the existing complexity of deploying IoT solutions. With SAP solutions for the IoT, we help our customers introduce new service-based business models that can help drive a competitive advantage.”