Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

SAP and T-Systems link cloud platforms

Steve Rogerson
April 4, 2019



German software company SAP and Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems have connected their cloud-based platforms for networked devices and sensors. This lets users seamlessly integrate IoT data into their SAP systems.
 
"We are now making it very easy for our customers," said Adel Al-Saleh, CEO of T-Systems at this week’s Hannover Messe. “Attach sensors and switch them on. In this way, the internet of things can be used for process automation The solution is immediately available.”
 
This started with a product made for logistics. The telematics module not only recognises the position of goods via GPS, but also their speed. It also provides data on shocks and temperature. Further devices will follow. These include an order button, for example, or a module that collects data on machines. And there will be a digital label for logistics in the future.
 
Components such as these collect data and transmit them encrypted to T-Systems' IoT platform. By linking their clouds, these data are now automatically transferred to SAP Leonardo IoT, SAP's IoT platform. This enables users to improve their processes with SAP systems such as SAP S/4Hana.
 
The IoT is an important component of Deutsche Telekom's strategy with a focus on the manufacturing industry and the logistics sector. By 2020, there are expected to be around 30 billion sensors worldwide. Around 40 per cent of all data will then come from machines and vehicles.