Menu
SAP hopes to help bring IoT to logistics and manufacturing

SAP hopes to help bring IoT to logistics and manufacturing

The next 18 months to two years will see a significant takeoff in the Internet of Things for businesses, SAP executive says

With a trio of products for maintenance, logistics and manufacturing, SAP is hoping to convince enterprises that it provides the best option for making the most of connected sensors.

Just like many other vendors, SAP has lofty ideas for what organizations adopting the first wave of IoT (Internet of Things) technologies can accomplish, in its case, using applications running on its cloud-based Hana platform.

"In my opinion, in the next 18 months to two years you'll see a significant takeoff," said David Parker, global vice president of SAP Big Data and Internet of Things.

SAP's goal with the Tuesday launches of the IoT-friendly Predictive Maintenance and Service, Manufacturing Execution and Connected Logistics is to make it easier for organizations by providing prepackaged software, according to Parker.

The Predictive Maintenance and Service package will help predict faults at manufacturing plants by looking at both historic data and real-time information from sensors, for example. For that to work, manufacturing equipment, in some cases down to a component level, has to be connected.

The package goes hand in hand with the Manufacturing Execution application, and what SAP calls connected manufacturing. The aim is to provide a bird's-eye view of all manufacturing resources and determine how to best optimize them.

Connected Logistics software will help keep track of everything that's happening in a warehouse, a port or other hubs. Efficiency can be improved by connecting boats coming into a port with departing trucks and the containers they transport, as well as with storage information.

Like any SAP system, hands-on work is still needed. But the new offerings are going to take enterprises 80 percent to 90 percent of the way, according to Parker. All three software packages are generally available, and more applications are on the way, he said

The impact of IoT will felt across all industries, according to Gartner. On Tuesday, the market research company said it expects 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from this year. Organizations have no choice but to pursue IoT, as they've done with the consumerization of IT, it said.

However, even if new IoT-focused applications from SAP and competitors like Oracle open the door for better analytics, enterprises need to tread lightly. Security is and will be a big challenge, and executives have to balance their desire to collect and analyze data with the risk of loss or misuse, according to Gartner.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags internetSAPInternet of Things

Featured

Slideshows

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

Partners are actively building out security practices and services to match, yet remain challenged by a lack of guidance in the market. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Sophos - assessed the making of an MSSP, outlining the blueprint for growth and how partners can differentiate in New Zealand.

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ
Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the inaugural Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months, with more than ​​50 organisations in the spotlight.​​​

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP has honoured its leading partners in New Zealand during 2018, following 12 months of growth through the local channel. Unveiled during the fourth running of the ceremony in Auckland, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of standout Kiwi partners.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments