SAP SE today announced three new SAP solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), including the SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service solution, SAP Connected Logistics software and the SAP Manufacturing Execution application. The new SAP solutions for the IoT are envisioned to leverage SAP HANA Cloud Platform for application enablement and advanced capabilities such as in-memory computing, predictive analytics and complex event processing. As part of its continued commitment to enable innovation in this space, SAP has announced the addition of 500 incremental dedicated developers to support various IoT initiatives. The announcement was made at SAP TechEd && d-code, being held November 11–13 in Berlin.
“The Internet of Things will be the key enabler of industry scenarios and of innovations in the digital economy,” said Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Products & Innovation. “It is converging our digital and physical worlds, which will spur new products and services, and even change business models. The Internet of Things has the potential to dramatically improve responsiveness of businesses, reimagine customer experience and open up new opportunities and brand new business models such as move from sell-to-service based models. SAP customers that have already implemented Internet of Things solutions have seen considerable improvement in asset utilization and higher business process efficiency and helped address operational costs.”
SAP solutions for the IoT are powered by SAP HANA Cloud Platform, which is the core application development and enablement platform and provides the ability to generate real-time insights from sensor data and advanced capabilities such as in-memory computing, geo-spatial, telematics, predictive analytics and complex event processing. In addition, SAP HANA Cloud Platform offers open APIs that allow third-party providers to develop IoT applications.
SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service
Built on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service is planned to deliver deep unified insight by integrating operations and analytics on a single platform. To support innovation for continuous performance improvement, the solution is envisioned to help optimize the value of hard-won business and technical data as well as data from unstructured documents from various sources. The solution intends to help assess historic and sensor data to assist users in predicting a malfunction before it occurs to help prevent a negative impact on profits. Additionally, the SAP AR Service Technician mobile app empowers field technicians to complete work orders automatically generated by SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service in a hands-free environment using smart glass.
SAP Connected Logistics
Built on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP Connected Logistics is planned to allow logistics hub operators and others to monitor traffic toward and within a hub and facilitate communication between involved parties including those that do not have a direct business relationship. Furthermore, the software is planned to offer integration to backend transportation management systems, and lean dispatching capabilities for logistics service providers that do not have a sophisticated backend solution in place. SAP Connected Logistics customers can also use the recently announced AR warehouse picker mobile app that leverages wearable technology such as smart glass devices for a complete hands free operation, helping to eliminate the need for handheld scanners.
“For Hamburg Port Authority, the advantage is smooth traffic at the port and increased container turnover,” said Sascha Westermann, Operational IT Traffic Management, Hamburg Port Authority. “We want to use SAP HANA Cloud Platform at its full scope. What fascinates me most about the project is its power of innovation and the collaboration with strong partners. SAP helps Hamburg Port Authority run better.”
Connected Manufacturing from SAP
SAP Manufacturing Execution version 15.0 is envisioned to enable the Internet of Things for manufacturing operations. By integrating manufacturing results with real-time feeds into the SAP HANA platform, companies are expected to take advantage of the cloud for orchestrating and optimizing global operations — beyond a single production plant, use predictive analytics to drive cost efficiencies and achieve higher asset utilization. The new release includes support for SAP HANA, enhanced user experience, extended mobility and end-to-end enterprise integration for deeper manufacturing transparency. Leveraging SAP Manufacturing Execution with SAP HANA helps accelerate the promise of Industry 4.0 for innovative manufacturers.