IoT SAP SE: What is SAP Leonardo?

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SAP Leonardo is an innovative internet of things portfolio. SAP sees in this portfolio tremendous opportunity to provide innovative solutions enabling companies not only to realize digital transformation[1] of existing end-2-end business processes, but also enable companies to develop new business models to run digitally.

The evolution of connectivity, big data, analytics and cloud technologies is enabling companies to intersect these operational and information technologies to make machines smarter and drive end-2-end digital transformation.

The customers are looking to leverage their DATA (known as big data) and develop responses and intelligent applications for line of business and industry specific end-2-end processes with the evolution of automation, data exchange in manufacturing (or the new term ‘industry 4.0’), and industrial internet of things.

The main components of the SAP Leonardo Portfolio are:

 

SAP Leonardo Diagram

 

1. SAP Leonardo Bridge

This component combines real-time information from connected things (products, assets, fleet, infrastructure, markets, and people) with business processes to turn extended supply chains into live supply chain environments.

 

2. SAP Leonardo Foundation

This component is called foundation because it offers the best in class of “business services” and “technology services” to enable users to rapidly build IoT applications making a copy of the “thing or device” (called “the digital twin”), reusable application services, and applying predictive algorithms to process a high velocity of data with the ability to stream analytics and run predictive scenarios.

 

3. SAP Leonardo Edge Computing[2]

This component allows to execute business processes “locally” on an edge device[3] (e.g. gateways). How? Through protocol conversion, data persistence, data analytics and local business process execution capabilities for smooth data ingestion to the platform.

 

4. Connected Products

This component enables end-2-end visibility to product centric operations and ability to optimize compliance visibility, service availability and inventory replenishment across networks (customer – companies – suppliers).

 

5. Connected Assets

This component tracks, monitors, analyzes and maintains all fixed assets (e.g. product, equipment, tools, etc.) across the network (customer – companies – suppliers). This will help to reduce costs and increase equipment uptime of the assets.

 

6. Connected Fleet 

In addition, it enables businesses and public service organizations owning moving assets to improve services and safety, visibility to logistics and service quality.

This component tracks, monitors, analyzes and maintains all moving assets (e.g. vehicles, robots, forklifts, etc.) wherever they are in the network (customer – companies – suppliers).

 

7. Connected Infrastructure 

This component delivers new forms of digital operational intelligence to transform physical-infrastructure systems and business applications (e.g. building, home, energy plants, logistic yards, etc.).

 In addition, enables improved services, efficient operations, and compliance & risk mitigation.

 

8. Connected Markets

This component promotes the development of local markets, cities, urban and rural environments with new products, services, data, businesses and business models through ‘predicting’ the challenges of tomorrow to transform them into opportunities today.

In addition, it enables new production and business models of local relevance; and with the right timing for customer and marketing insights; digital agribusiness, smart ports and smart cities.

 

9. Connected People

This component has the ambitious goal of improving the lives, work and health of people; connecting people and communities, with one objective in mind, that these interactions will provide better lifestyle experiences, and opportunities for organizations to evolve into new business models.

 

SAP Cloud Platform / SAP Hana Platform

SAP Cloud platform is the key strategic ‘platform-as-a-service-infrastructure’ that provides the framework for the entire portfolio. This platform has additional service capabilities such as: machine learning, analytics, big data, security, user experience, user management, backed integration, and APIs.

SAP Hana is the strategic platform that supports the entire SAP Leonardo Portfolio either in the cloud or on premise.

 

 

Conclusions

The vision of the SAP Leonardo portfolio is to help run a business live (24x7x52), ‘connecting’ every ‘thing’ [part] of the business (people, products, assets, customers, vendors…) to create an intelligent enterprise using IoT.

The ultimate goal of SAP Leonardo is to use the different components of the portfolio to enable:

  • New Business Processes
  • New Business Models
  • New Work environments

 

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[1] Digital transformation is the change associated with the application of digital technology in all aspects of human society.

[2] Edge computing refers to data processing power at the edge of a network instead of holding that processing power in a cloud or a central data warehouse

[3] An edge device is a device which provides an entry point into enterprise or service provider core networks. Examples include routers, routing switches, integrated access devices (IADs), multiplexers, and a variety of metropolitan area network (MAN) and wide area network (WAN) access devices.

 

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