Leonardo Joins the Battle of the Brainiacs

SAP’s new brand for its IoT portfolio, SAP Leonardo, like IBM Watson and SalesForce Einstein, evokes intelligence.  That is entirely appropriate, because arguably it is advanced analytics that is driving so much interest/payoff in IoT, especially in the industrial segment.  Whether it’s artificial intelligence, machine learning, or cognitive computing, this technology, combined with live data feeds from operations, massive data stores, and external, often unstructured, data sources, will remake manufacturing and the industrial ecosystem.

Of course, a name is not enough, no matter how brilliant.  But SAP already has a substantial IoT portfolio, and SAP’s introduction of a Jump-Start Enablement Program for SAP Leonardo begins to deliver on the recently announced planned investment of 2 billion euros over 5 years.

With SAP Leonardo, companies can connect “things” to interact directly with business processes. As a result, business processes will become transparent, real time, and proactive, enabling people to operate and manage on a new level with augmented intelligence and autonomous systems.

To help customers realize this opportunity, SAP will introduce SAP Leonardo labs around the globe. Here, customers can collaborate with SAP development and consulting experts to start their innovation journeys based on the SAP Leonardo innovation portfolio. SAP Leonardo labs will open in Palo Alto (USA), Shanghai (China), São Leopoldo (Brazil), Johannesburg (South Africa), as well as Berlin and Munich (Germany).

Within the SAP Leonardo labs, SAP will also introduce the SAP Leonardo jump-start program, a pre-packaged, consultative offering to help customers prioritize innovation opportunities and deliver competitive advantage with an Internet of Things-enabled digital transformation. SAP Leonardo combines a technology foundation with a set of packaged solutions across lines of business and industry use cases.

The technology foundation enables SAP and its customers and partners to build Internet of Things solutions of a consistent framework:

SAP Cloud Platform is the key strategic platform-as-a-service infrastructure that provides the framework for SAP Leonardo. Additionally, SAP Cloud Platform provides end-to-end micro services for machine learning, analytics, Big Data, security, user experience, user management, and backend integration application program interfaces.

SAP Leonardo includes best-of-breed business services that enable users to rapidly build Internet of Things applications, allowing them to develop digital twins, create reusable application services, and apply predictive algorithms. These core technical services offer opportunities for users to process a high velocity of data, with the ability to stream analytics and run predictive scenarios. This is all delivered on the next-generation SAP Cloud Platform, which is connected to millions of devices

SAP Leonardo for Edge Computing ingests data regardless of connectivity, latency, or device protocol concerns, all while delivering intelligent edge applications.

SAP Leonardo Bridge combines real-time information from connected things with business processes to turn extended supply chains into live supply chain environments.

SAP Leonardo packaged solutions include connected products, assets, infrastructures, vehicle fleets, markets, and people:

Connected products enable end-to-end visibility into product-centric operations and offers the ability to optimize compliance visibility and service availability.

Connected assets link production systems and assets with manufacturing and maintenance business processes to reduce operational and maintenance costs and increase asset uptime.

Connected fleets track, monitor, analyze, and maintain all moving assets, wherever they are in the network.

Connected infrastructures deliver new forms of digital operational intelligence to transform physical-infrastructure systems to improve service, drive economic growth, and allow for more efficient and cost-effective operations, infrastructure compliance, and risk mitigation.

Connected markets foster local markets, cities, and urban and rural areas to optimize the utilization of natural resources and assets; reduce emissions, congestion, and energy usage; and improve the environment.

Connected people enables improved lives, work, and health by linking people and communities and providing better lifestyle experiences and opportunities for organizations to evolve into new business models.

In my view, SAP’s planned €2 billion investment, its recent acquisitions (PLAT.ONE, Fedem), the Jump-Start Program, and SAP Leonardo Innovation Portfolio clearly signal SAP’s intention to aggressively compete in this emerging space.

Do you have a suggestion for the next ‘braniac’ product name?  Let me know!