SAP has always looked to expand the feature set and capabilities of its modules/tools. SAP Leonardo is one such tool that would receive integrations in blockchain technologies, machine learning, big data, and Internet of Things (IoT). As a result, Leonardo would be able to apply the newly acquired skills to existing SAP applications, such as HANA.
Internet of Things
IoT isn’t one product. Also called Web Semantics, Web of Things, Smarter Planet, etc. the space is an indistinct, ill-defined area that could refer to several products and use cases across multiple industries. For instance, a hospital and mining company could benefit equally from predictive maintenance. However, the implementations and issues are totally different.
To implement Internet of Things successfully, a coordinated technology and transformation strategy for business process is required. Most companies who’ve bought different Web Semantics components like hubs, sensors, and platforms did not identify the problems they intend to solve prior to the purchase.
Things get rolling only when a company identifies its problems and likely business outcomes. The following are some basic things needed to arrive at a Web of Things solution:
- The vision needs connecting new and current equipment with sensors. Generally, firms stall at this point where connectivity options and proper devices have to be defined.
- Similar to mobile device management, Smarter Planet device management helps with testing, monitoring, troubleshooting connected devices, and updating software.
- Web Semantics generates hordes of fresh data varying in frequency and volume type. Connecting and amassing sensor information is futile if you do not possess the solutions needed to manage, assess and generate meaningful discernment from all this information.
- Companies require a security strategy extending from Web of Things devices via the application layer. Multiple software solutions would be needed for this. In certain cases, endpoint Smarter Planet equipment cannot run security and companies would, as a result, require an edge gateway as security intermediary.
- Once Web of Things has been collected and analysed, the data must be added to a firm’s current record systems to generate fresh opportunities and insights for action.
SAP Wants to Simplify Smarter Planet Operations with Leonardo
As clearly aforementioned, a mix and coordination of technology and business decisions is needed for Web Semantics solutions to provide market differentiation and value. On the technology side, vendors are striving hard to offer more complete Web of Things solutions to reduce the implementation woes of customers.
Leonardo, according to SAP, is a digital innovation platform. The ‘Leonardo’ name was chosen to create images of a multi-disciplinary setup that could help its patrons attain Web Semantics success. SAP’s Leonardo is replete with products, which clearly indicates how increasingly complex it is becoming to design a Web of Things solution.
The SAP Leonardo platform runs atop the SAP Cloud. Leonardo’s power lies in integrating several disparate tools for creating a Web Semantics solution, which supports 50 to 85 percent of a firm’s requirements. Unlike the majority of solutions, it has a wide range – from sensor to application. Moreover, Leonardo is not a product SKU – it is a set representing individual SAP products that can merge with other solutions.
With SAP Leonardo, companies still cannot skip defining critical components to choose the correct Leonardo elements for the task. Everything said and done, the SAP Leonardo suite clearly bespeaks IoT solutions’ maturity.
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