Internet of Things solutions from SAP are now in one portfolio: SAP Leonardo. Find out why in six questions and six answers.
1. Why SAP Leonardo?
The name was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci: painter, sculptor, architect, anatomist, engineer, and philosopher. His IQ has been estimated at over 220 across various abilities. da Vinci, who died almost 500 years ago, imagined the submarine and the helicopter, designed a sewage system, and painted, among other works, the Mona Lisa. He was a prolific inventor in all sorts of fields.
IoT also needs a broad, interdisciplinary approach that brings together data from across a company to use in new applications and in new business models.
2. What is SAP Leonardo?
SAP Leonardo is the name of SAP’s portfolio of IoT solutions. It contains a range of the latest applications, such as SAP Asset Intelligence Network, SAP Predictive Maintenance, SAP Customer Activity Repository, and SAP Vehicle Insights, which call all be used for a business model based on the Internet of Things.
SAP Leonardo is designed to support the IoT strategy of potential customers and, because there is no one piece of software for IoT, to identify which combination of innovative applications best meets their needs. SAP’s jump-start program helps companies get started with IoT by teaming them up with SAP to complete a pilot project within three months.
3. What does the jump-start program do?
First, SAP’s jump-start program should allay some of the fears companies have about IoT. IoT is not an off-the-shelf product; rather, it is about the interplay between many different solutions, which can be deployed in six generic fields. They are: products, fixed assets, car fleets, infrastructure, markets, and people; each business model needs different software.
The purpose of the jump-start program is to identify which industry-specific outcomes IoT can realize and which software this will take. These outcomes are defined in a kickoff meeting with SAP consultants. Ideally, by the end of the next week an IoT prototype is in place. After three months, the first IoT pilot should be under way.
Under the program, SAP offers the software and service for a fixed price and for a fixed period so that the costs and the desired outcome are clearly defined.
4. How can companies can get the most out of SAP Leonardo?
We have identified the overarching topics: Connected Fleet for vehicles, Connected Infrastructure for smart grids, and Connected Markets for smart cities. Let us look at each one in turn:
- Connected products for a new perspective on product life cycles, sourcing, demand response, and digital supply networks, plus the design, manufacturing, and delivery of smart, connected products for all industries
- Connected assets for the monitoring and analysis of fixed assets, including manufacturing and maintenance processes, to cut costs and maximize an asset’s productive life
- Connected fleet for companies and public sector organizations that own assets such as vehicles, ships, airplanes, and any kind of moving product to improve the quality of services and make logistics more transparent
- Connected infrastructure for new, digital, operational intelligence in physical infrastructures such as power networks, pipelines, roads, sewer systems, and other major infrastructure, helps improve service, make operations more efficient, and have reliable compliance and risk mitigation
- Connected markets to support regions, cities, and rural areas in bringing about new, connected, services. For instance, information about the conditions in a city, a region, or of agricultural land. These are the first steps toward digital farming, smart harbors, and smart cities, for instance.
- Connected people for better services for them, at work or at home, such as smart homes. All this connects people and communities to give them the means to a better, personal, lifestyle.
5. Where is SAP Leonardo in SAP’s company structure?
As part of SAP’s €2 billion IoT investment program, it set up a global division for SAP Leonardo. This division drives IoT and business solutions for engineering, manufacturing, services and logistics. Tanja Rückert is responsible globally for SAP Leonardo, the development of the products, and their launch onto the market. SAP developers are primarily working on solutions for product life cycle, digital manufacturing, services, and the digital supply chain.
6. What are SAP Leonardo Centers?
SAP plans to build SAP Leonardo Centers in Berlin, Palo Alto, California, New York, Paris, Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, and Johannesburg, with more to follow. With the centers, SAP can be close to companies starting out on their IoT journey. IoT applications can be built, prototyped, and piloted at the centers, and companies can do this jointly with SAP through the SAP Leonardo jump-start program.
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