SAP unveils Leonardo IoT to drive DX for industry 4.0

Enterprise application software company SAP unveiled its SAP Leonardo Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities at the Mobile World Congress 2010 along with the announcement of its cloud-to-cloud interoperability with Microsoft Azure IoT Hub.

By embedding IoT into line-of-business (LoB) solutions, SAP Leonardo IoT will help customers scale up their businesses that leads to better customer experience and increase revenue. The solution is designed to enhance business applications with IoT technology and give organizations the choice of coming up with new business models “based on the new data the IoT solutions generate.”

“SAP delivers valuable insight and drives business results by embedding IoT data into business processes,” said Elvira Wallis, senior vice president and global head of IoT at SAP. “With the launch of SAP Leonardo IoT, SAP solidifies its commitment to the IoT, and in particular Industrial IoT. The combination of IoT and our depth and breadth of high-value industry and application expertise helps customers gain greater business value and a stronger competitive advantage.”

SAP Leonardo IoT will use data-driven intelligence and operational context from consumers, machines, partners, products, and supply chains. The software company enumerated the three paths to innovation that customers can choose to tread:

  • Combining IoT data with business process data to enable IoT-embedded business applications and accelerate adoption to give customers the ability to innovate quickly from within business applications – including SAP S/4HANA, the SAP C/4HANA suite, SAP SuccessFactors solutions, SAP Ariba solutions and the SAP Digital Supply Chain portfolio
  • Extending existing SAP IoT applications for better business value
  • Building new intelligent IoT solutions using SAP Leonardo IoT to create unique and differentiated offerings

“Aristoteles, Kaiserwetter’s data-as-a-service platform, uses the power of SAP Leonardo IoT to enable our customers to maximize the technical and financial performance of renewable energies and other infrastructure portfolios,” said Hanno Schoklitsch, CEO, Kaiserwetter. “By helping our customers to minimize their investment risks and to increase transparency, we foster investments in sustainability and make a game-changing contribution to global climate protection.”

Microsoft Azure IoT Hub

The interoperability will use Microsoft Azure IoT Hub “the connectivity and device management layer for IoT telemetry data, which is seamlessly relayed to SAP Leonardo IoT.”

SAP Leonardo IoT Edge aims to give customers the option to extend support for their business processes locally on top of Microsoft Azure IoT Edge runtime. Essential business function (EBF) modules based on SAP Leonardo IoT Edge are also planned to run in containers on Microsoft Azure IoT Edge, reducing customers dependency on latency, bandwidth, and connectivity.

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