The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at an exponential rate and revolutionizing the way countless businesses and consumers function. That’s why SAP announced a forward-thinking plan to invest 2 billion Euros in cutting edge technologies by 2020.
By enhancing our IoT portfolio, SAP will enable its enterprise customers to leverage a myriad of capabilities, including connecting remote sensors and devices, and combining IoT data with big data services. What’s more, customers will be able to channel that IoT data back to their traditional business processes.
These new acquisitions stand as a strong compliment to SAP’s existing IoT components, applications and services that run on the powerful SAP Cloud Platform.
One of the most significant acquisitions SAP made last year was Plat.One, an enterprise grade IoT platform that’s both secure and highly scalable. The Plat.One code is the basis for SAP Cloud Platform IoT, due to be released in May 2017.
SAP Cloud Platform IoT not only builds on the previous versions but takes them to the next level by providing several new differentiating features including multitenancy, extensive protocol support and connection to the SAP ecosystem.
SAP Cloud Platform IoT provides fine-grained control over access to IoT data in a variety of ways. In the most basic of cases, IoT devices will be associated with a tenant, and users with access to that tenant gain visibility to these devices. In more advanced scenarios, there may also be different networks within the tenant.
While each device can only belong to one network, it is possible to grant users access to all devices within the tenant. Or, depending on the scenario, it is possible to grant access to certain devices within certain networks. Taking it even further, these devices might belong to a cluster within a network – and access could be granted to the cluster.
One way to think about this is to imagine a chain of coffee shops. While the maintenance department at headquarters maintains visibility and control over all the coffee machines at all the shops, each individual store manager only maintains access to machines at his or her cafe. A coffee machine repair person would only have access to the exact machine he or she may service. And so on.
A tremendous amount of protocols make up the backbone of IoT, and it is through these protocols that devices connect and communicate. There are millions of device manufacturers, and SAP Cloud Platform IoT covers a wide variety of industries and use cases. In addition to new protocols, legacy systems need to be enabled in the IoT world. So, it’s essential that our services support a diverse array of protocols.
SAP Cloud Platform IoT supports over 30 protocols, including MQTT, Zigbee, and CoAP. We will also provide an SDK to allow users to build their own plugin for any protocols not supported out of the box. This agile solution makes connecting devices to IoT Services on the SAP Cloud Platform a very manageable task.
Connection to SAP Ecosystem
When a single device connects to the SAP Cloud Platform IoT Services, it opens the door to the rest of the SAP universe. And with over 50 services available on the SAP Cloud Platform, the possibilities are endless. IoT data can also be linked to other SAP cloud solutions, such as SuccessFactors, Ariba, or Concur, and can also be integrated with your existing on premise business processes.
SAP Cloud Platform IoT plays a big role in SAP’s commitment to IoT innovation. This is an exciting time for the evolution of Internet of Things. Stay tuned for more announcements and more posts on the topic in the next few weeks.