I recently blogged about how consumer-related internet of things (IoT) products get all the buzz, while the real change is actually happening at the industrial level for profound business transformation. So I wasn’t surprised to learn that IoT is among the Hot Topics headlining the eye-opening agenda at SAP TechEd 2016 in Las Vegas September 19-23. To find out more, I talked with Shawn Reynolds, VP IoT Marketing at SAP, who explained why it’s time for IoT to advance from physically connecting billions of things to delivering business value.
“Collecting raw data is just the beginning of the IoT challenge,” said Reynolds. “Now developers have to move from things to value and outcomes. To do that, you need to add operational context followed by business context. At Tech Ed this year, we’ll explore the full range of technical challenges, including using IoT to ultimately impact a business process that drives results and revenue. Attendees will learn everything from running a pilot to connecting your enterprise to entire IoT business networks for asset, logistics, or vehicle networks.”
According to Reynolds, there’s no doubt among developers that IoT is among the biggest change agents to reshape technology innovation across industries since the internet. What technologists need now are specific next steps to begin exploring the possibilities.
“Everyone knows IoT should be able to help their business but they don’t know where to start or what the potential applications are,” he said. “We are addressing that angst by providing developers with the skills to use SAP’s comprehensive portfolio for connecting and processing at the edge, transforming business processes, and having some pre-built applications in domain areas specific to their industry. And it’s not limited to integrating IoT for an application. You can integrate your company into an IoT business network like one of SAP’s. For example, SAP S/4 HANA simplifies and contextualizes business processes, and IoT extends and enriches those processes to the real world.”
Here’s a tiny sampling of the numerous sessions developers can attend at SAP TechEd that will cover everything from large industrial networks, to sensors connected with cellphone-like SIM chips.
- Using SAP Plant Connectivity to Connect to Industry 4.0-Capable Devices: Configure and use SAP Plant Connectivity and the SAP HANA Cloud Platform to send machinery sensor data to backend systems like SAP HANA Cloud Platform, IoT services, or SAP MII.
- Applying Machine Learning to Real-Time Streaming Analytics: The predictive analysis library delivered with SAP HANA offers machine-learning algorithms for real-time processing in SAP HANA smart data streaming. Learn how the Hoeffding decision tree algorithm can be used to predict future events. Use the DenStream clustering algorithm to dynamically learn the normal state of a system
- IoT Solution Architecture and Best Practices from SAP: Learn how to ingest and store large amount of IoT times series data needed for data science; how to create business insight and trigger actions; how to ensure end-to-end security from sensors to the cloud; and how to best integrate business with machine data.
- Recommended Practices for Security in Industrial IoT Scenarios: Clear, practical recommendations and examples of how to build security into the design of your IoT landscape, and what you can do to protect your device infrastructure from attackers.
Researchers call IoT the biggest opportunity to transform business since B2B integration began. To be clear, there’s nothing new about industrial M2M connectivity. What’s different today is the cheaper, faster, pervasiveness of real-time data from more places that’s poised to revolutionize every industry. That said, one of the few certainties in these early days of IoT is that everyone is trying to figure it out. SAP TechEd is the best place for developers to ask questions, network with experts and peers, find out SAP’s road maps, watch and build demos, and obtain specific answers to get started using IoT for business results.