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Innovation Day, a daylong event that was held on December 9 at SAP Labs Bangalore was an opportunity for all to  come together, network and share our learnings and experience on technology topics, trends and in-house innovations. Innovation has been and will always be the key ingredient of SAP strategy and this was a step towards facilitating each of us to be enablers of the future, and instill innovation into our everyday lives and learning.

“The LEARN session” indulged various speakers who imparted their knowledge about the trending topics. “The SHARE session” was about various Demo Pods set up by SAP Employees based on various SAP technologies.

To start with The LEARN session, Mr. Prakash Bagri, Founder and Principal, PRB and Professor from IIM, was the first speaker. His main mphasis was on Business-to-Business scenarios. Also, he took many examples of B2C scenarios where in, the customers deserved a simple way of accessing the products. Quoting the example of first iPhone release, which turned out to be the innovation of the year he explained how
trend of Smartphones followed the release and now we have better devices which the customer wants. The product design is focused on Customer Experience nowadays, he added. He truly enlightened the importance of the user experience of every product. He quoted more examples on innovation, where the customer wants products which can solve even the simplest of problems.

Then the charge for next session was taken up by Ms. Shalini Kapoor, Chief Architect, IBM India Software Labs presented topics on IoT(Internet of Things). To enable easier services for IoT devices, IBM has developed an Open Cloud Architecture known as Bluemix. IBM Bluemix is an open-standard, cloud-based platform for building, managing, and running apps of all types, such as web, mobile, big data, and smart devices. The services that enable the utilization of the invention of new IoT products and services have capabilities that include Java, mobile back-end development, and application monitoring, as well as features from ecosystem partners and open source—all provided as-a-service in the cloud..  The Internet of Things requires an integrated fabric of devices, data, connections, processes, and people and Bluemix allows the developers to use the API provided by IBM and the cloud service to develop their own apps and products. The protocol used for the services is MQTT. MQTT is a machine-to-machine (M2M)/”Internet of Things” connectivity protocol,  designed as an extremely lightweight publish/subscribe messaging transport useful for connections with remote locations where a small code footprint is required. Another topic she introduced was about Informix, which is an intelligent RDBMS from IBM.

The session post lunch headed by Mr. S Natarajan from Intel, discussed about Wearable Devices. He emphasized about the tremendous opportunities that the rising market of wearable devices offers. And for wearable devices to be most valuable to the consumer, it needs to embrace Internet of Things opportunities, transform big data into super data that not only culls, but also interprets information to deliver insights creating a simplified user experience and an easier means to achieve goals. Intel IQ Software Kits are a set of software and features that enable a
number of different functions on wearable devices developed using Intel technology. These software kits will package together the related
algorithms, device software, software for smartphone apps, and cloud software for device management and analytics capabilities. These software kits are designed to help customers, including fashion, sports and lifestyle companies, incorporate advanced functionality into their wearable designs, help speed time-to market, and ultimately provide people with a product experience that offers greater utility and value.

The last session of the day was taken by Arvind Tiwary, founder, SangEnnovate. He spoke on smart cities and Connected devices. It was a very interactive session in which people participated with enthusiasm. With increasing urbanization and the load on rural land, the government has now realized the need for cities that can cope with the challenges of urban living and also be magnets for investment.

Smart City is a city where information technology is the principal infrastructure and the basis for providing essential services to residents. There are many technological platforms involved, including automated sensor networks and data centers. It is now likely to become a reality as the
‘smart cities’ movement unfolds in India.

In 2008, IBM began to work on a ‘Smart Cities’ concept as part of its Smarter Planet initiative. By the beginning of 2009, the concept had captivated the imagination of various nations across the globe. Through the examples of various Countries like South Korea, UAE and China, he told us about the evolution of normal cities into ‘Smart Cities’. Today, a number of excellent precedents exist that India can emulate, such as those in Vienna, Aarhus, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Cairo, Lyon, Manchester, Malaga, Malta, etc.

Being a scholar such events help in making us aware of various technologies in the market. It keeps them in-line with various business
strategies and the opportunities available in the market. It also helps to build networking with various other organizations in addition to the ones that they are part of. The enthusiasm from the scholar community combined with the technical expertise from the industry experts can form a great bundle for any challenge.

– Akshay Ramesh & Pawan Kumar

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