ORLANDO: SAP is moving deeper into the Internet of Things (IoT) arena by revealing HANA Cloud Platform for the IoT, and broadening its partnerships with Intel and Siemens.
HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) for the IoT has been released to enable business users to create a cloud that supports the deployment and management of data and hardware on large networks of internet-connected devices.
Built on SAP's existing technology, HCP for the IoT enables users to connect the core of their company to devices on the edge of their business, and allows for predictive analytics, telematics and geo-location to be carried out on the data travelling across an IoT network.
HCP for the IoT can be deployed on a business's private cloud or used by companies to operate a cloud for supporting the IoT devices of their customers.
SAP said the cloud platform provides a rapid and cost-effective way for companies to set up IoT networks and use the data harvested to create new revenue streams and drive operational efficiency.
Bernd Leukert, a member of SAP's executive board, unveiled HCP for the IoT and highlighted how it could be used with connected cars, connected logistics, smart vending, anti-collision systems, smart cities and predictive maintenance.
"We get the possibilities of taking the data streams from these products and store them, process them in real time, adding the richness of the HANA Cloud Platform itself with the predictive [analytics] capabilities," he said.
"It comes with a direct connection into your existing business, which is key to success; you need to close the loop from inside millions of sensors into your operational business up to the boardroom."
SAP will be providing access to its SQL Anywhere suite, which allows for lightweight databases to be embedded within devices, so that IoT applications can be used at the edge of a connected device network using HCP for the IoT.
The second stage of SAP's IoT push is its partnerships with two major technology companies working in the IoT area.
Intel inside SAP
Intel is providing SAP with access to its blueprint for creating interoperable IoT products and services, which will be used in conjunction with SAP's HANA platform in order to accelerate complete IoT network deployments.
SAP said the first step of this partnership is a proof of concept to integrate Intel's IoT Gateway with SAP's cloud.
Intel has already touted its own use of the IoT, revealing earlier this year how it is using sensors within its manufacturing plants to spot if parts are about to fail, helping reduce downtime and stoppages.
Siemens selects SAP
The tie-up between the two tech giants involved Siemens choosing SAP's HCP as the foundations for Siemens' Cloud for Industry (pictured above), which gives customers an open cloud platform for analysing large sets of industrial data gleaned from IoT networks to find ways to boost production.
The next steps of the partnership will see Siemens create an open IT ecosystem based on HCP for manufacturers and developers to create applications built within the cloud for industrial and customer use.
SAP's push into the IoT comes as no surprise given it has already touted the HANA Cloud platform as the core to exploiting IoT and big data.
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