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The SAP IoT Story: First Came MWC, Then Hannover, Now SAPPHIRE!

Way back in February (where did the time go?), SAP announced SAP Leonardo IoT at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona. We unveiled our new flagship Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud solution that enables customers, partners and SAP Line of Business (LoB) applications to make business sense out of IoT data and turn sensor values into business outcomes. Since then, over 50 publications have written about it, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

What is SAP Leonardo IoT?

SAP is on a mission to help the the world run better and improve people’s lives, and IoT continues to be an integral part of that mission. SAP Leonardo IoT is an all-encompassing Industrial IoT solution designed for businesses to accelerate their digital transformation as part of their Intelligent Enterprise journey. The “Industrial” part is important because it means a focus on smart connected operations for creating products and services. An emphasis on integrated software capabilities is a must for businesses to be able to deliver better business outcomes from their connected things.

Thus, with SAP Leonardo IoT, customers can embed IoT directly into LoB solutions, extend existing business applications with IoT capabilities, and create brand new business models. Business processes can be extended from the cloud to the edge, enabling digital transformation while keeping a stable core.

What was new at the Hannover Fair?

Now fast forward to last week, and the story continues! SAP Leonardo IoT had quite the presence at Hannover Messe 2019, one of the world’s largest technology trade fairs held in Germany each year with hundreds of thousands of visitors. I had the pleasure of presenting our partnership with T-Systems – together with their CEO Adel Al-Saleh – as we discussed the power possible from linking clouds, sensors, and business systems for delivering better business outcomes.

In the meantime, the IoT team was busy showcasing an impressive demo on the show floor involving a chemical mixer using different raw ingredients (represented by valves with colorful light signals) to show how production based on “recipes” can be improved dramatically by SAP Leonardo IoT integrated with SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Machine Learning, SAP MII, SAP Plant Connectivity, and more.

When the right IoT solution is implemented and integrated like this, production anomalies can be detected in real time (quality goes up), real-time inventory level monitoring can trigger replenishment automatically (minimal stock outs), and the authenticity of every batch can be captured through a “Proof-of-State” history. Any one of those benefits can move the needle for business outcomes, but all together? Impressive! You can read all about it in detail here.

What’s happening at SAPPHIRE?

And this brings us back to the present day, just a few short weeks from SAPPHIRE where the IoT party will continue. Listen to customer journeys in various theatre sessions; in particular, our Best Run Theatre presentation: Unlocking the Intelligent Enterprise through the Internet of Things. We will continue updating the agenda so you’ll be up to speed on the latest IoT sessions available to you!

Look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

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