I was walking through the grocery store the other day and couldn’t help but purchase a bottle of wine called DaVinci Chianti. Perhaps it’s an occupational hazard, being a part of the team responsible for SAP Leonardo — SAP’s Internet of Things (IoT) innovation portfolio of products — but I’m prone to buy and explore any product that shares our namesake. In this case: red wine.
Interestingly, wine with the name Leonardo Da Vinci means that it comes from a cooperative of over 200 individual growers that are located in a particular region in Tuscany. I love the picture painted here: so much individuality combined with a certain requirement of commonality. And so it goes with SAP Leonardo, a diverse-yet-connected portfolio of IoT innovations from SAP, including solutions that fall under the following categories: Connected Products, Connected Assets, Connected Fleet, Connected Infrastructure, Connected Markets, and Connected People.
One such SAP Leonardo solution is SAP Connected Goods, a cloud-based solution designed to maximize the value of mass market devices (such as coolers, coffee makers, or power tools) through remote monitoring, management, and control. Take, for example, the thousands of industrial coffee makers that are installed across businesses all over the world. Imagine you are responsible for managing and servicing these coffee makers to make sure they always have the right beans, milk, and parts while also operating optimally at the right temperature.
Rather than deal with downtimes and manual check-ins involved with keeping track of each machine manually offline, what if all these coffee machines were connected? Your first inclination might be just to think of the efficiency associated with having access to some basic information in real-time. But then, consider the possibilities if data is aggregated and visualized across thousands of devices and then integrated with existing back-end systems and business processes. All of a sudden, more sophisticated insights become apparent and new business opportunities emerge (as Elvira Wallis, senior vice president of IoT at SAP, described in a recent interview).
If some of this isn’t quite making sense, that’s ok, the power of IoT is often difficult to describe in words. That’s why SAP will be hosting a number of events this year to demo and visualize exactly how this works. One such event, the SAPinsider event IoT2017, is happening in Orlando, Florida March 6-8. If you have the chance to join in, I will be there hosting two sessions and will include demos of SAP Connected Goods use cases (follow the links below for more details):
And don’t worry, SAP Leonardo and SAP Connected Goods have many more use cases that involve much more than just my favorite drinks. In fact, that’s why I like to think of SAP Leonardo as a nice smooth and bold red wine. Bold in that IoT covers so much, and SAP has committed heavily across tons of verticals with SAP Leonardo. And smooth because SAP Connected Goods is an example of an SAP Leonardo product that you can implement and configure in a matter of weeks to get started very quickly with the value that can come as a result of the Internet of Things.
So grab a glass, and let’s drink to that!