AWS and SAP: IoT interoperability solution


SAP has recently announced a new collaboration with Amazon Web Services that makes it simpler and cheaper to create Internet of Things solutions using the AWS IoT platform with all the flexibility and data integration offered by SAP applications and AWS. There are two new interoperability options. Keep reading to know more about this collaboration.

Cloud to Cloud

The first is cloud-to-cloud. This integrates SAP on AWS and is generally available now. This allows you to build Leonardo solutions that are connected to backend solutions such as SAP S/4 HANA with a simple button press. SAP Leonardo models are synchronised with AWS device registration to connect to SAP business processes.

Customers will not need to write any code. Data is retrieved by the AWS platform, aggregated and then posted to SAP Leonardo.

Edge to Edge

This option will be available soon and it enables SAP business processes to locally execute with Greengrass. SAP Leonardo Edge-based EBF modules will run within a Greengrass environment. This reduces lag and optimises connectivity and bandwidth.

While cloud-to-cloud combines SAP on AWS cloud solutions, the cloud is increasingly being brought to the edge by customers. They wish to measure and act upon data locally while controlling everything from the cloud. This helps businesses that have poor internet connections but still require fast local processing speeds. AWS Greengrass ensures that local connections are not lost and AWS Core aggregates and processes data from various facilities.

Joint customers can use the AWS Internet of Things to control SAP solutions. So, a company could use Greengrass to collect data externally before using EBF modules from SAP to process solutions locally.

Better connectivity and strong ecosystems

Businesses are always looking for new ways to achieve greater process efficiency while reducing operating costs and meeting compliance requirements. This, in turn, leads to the development of new business models that utilise access to real-time data. This access to data provides business owners with valuable insights that allow them to make meaningful decisions within a rapid timeframe.

However, without sufficient context, data quickly becomes little better than meaningless noise. As data is collected from an ever-increasing number of sensors, the problem becomes larger and larger. Previously, customers were forced to come up with their own custom solutions that could provide that correct business context to all of this data. Doing so was always costly and difficult.

AWS and SAP can now enable joint customers to create and deploy IoT solutions at a large scale without worrying about dealing with the custom integrations and other complex problems that occur between solutions. For example, the AWS IoT allows a company operating production lines to place, hold and manage sensors in as many locations as they wish.

Data is collected from all of these sensors and streamed to SAP Leonardo which applies the correct rules and context to the data in order to determine how it should be utilised in determining maintenance requirements and identifying potential areas for optimisation.

As you can see, SAP and AWS are providing customers and business with more capabilities and solutions to manage data from SAP systems on AWS cloud. Integration is key for innovation and competitiveness. Best of all, this new solution adapts to bussiness demands in order to fully meet process optimization.


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