SAP officially announced its completed acquisition of Altiscale, which provides a high-performance, scalable Big Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) solution that uniquely includes full operational services. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Altiscale has been named a leading provider of BDaaS by Forrester Research. Altiscale will operate as a focused and integrated BDaaS offering from SAP to help accelerate and operationalize Big Data deployment in the enterprise.
There are many use cases for Altiscale in the following areas and industries:
- IoT. Uses include manufacturing, utilities, transportation, smart cities, and more.
- Financial services. Applications include fraud detection, cybersecurity, and achieving a 360-degree customer view.
- Media. Examples include advertising optimization and recommendation engines.
- Ad tech and marketing analytics. Uses include multi-channel analytics and advertising attribution.
- Pharmaceutical: Drug research, market segmentation, and supply chain optimization are all examples.
- Telecommunications. Altiscale can be used to optimize billing and facilitate churn analysis.
SAP IoT: From Information to Insights, Action and Live Business
While business and public sector entities have unprecedented access to more information and real-time feeds, they still have difficulty tying it all together across operating locations, business units and functional teams. SAP IoT aims to make sense of Big Data from the multitude of things through IoT solutions that apply machine learning and integrate with the core business applications of SAP S/4HANA. SAP IoT includes solutions connecting people, partners, things and the physical environment, enabling organizations to extend and enrich business processes with real-time, live intelligence so that they can see where opportunities exist, achieve new operational efficiencies, and reimagine business models, products and services to deliver more immediate customer and stakeholder value. SAP IoT seeks to enable connected business and connected society, addressing urban and rural areas and spanning agribusiness, infrastructure and energy, health, defense, manufacturing, consumer and transportation industries.
Innovation in New Solutions: Industry 4.0 Solution Packages
SAP is introducing Industry 4.0 packages that feature SAP’s IoT solutions to enable customers’ digital business strategies.
- The Jumpstart Package is designed to initiate operational and business system connectivity as a foundation to monitor equipment effectiveness and provide insight into shop floor operations.
- The Accelerator Package also has this functionality, and adds an automated, paperless, manufacturing execution and control environment by providing manufacturing planning and execution, performance analytics and advanced plant maintenance.
The Jumpstart and Accelerator Packages are available immediately. Both packages are complimented with the SAP Distributed Manufacturing solution for additive manufacturing 3D printing services. SAP plans to introduce the third Industry 4.0 solution package, the “advanced” package, at a later date to provide advanced manufacturing insight and controls, machine learning functionality and predictive analysis for quality and maintenance operations. SAP also plans IoT package solutions to address the unique digital operations for Cities, Agriculture, and Energy industries.
Innovation in the IoT Technology Stack: PLAT.ONE, Fedem
SAP has acquired PLAT.ONE, an enterprise-grade IoT provider that simplifies the process of creating, deploying and managing complex IoT solutions. Founded in northern Italy, PLAT.ONE provides expertise and technology to accelerate the availability of key IoT capabilities in SAP HANA Cloud Platform, such as advanced lifecycle management for IoT devices, broad device connectivity, strong IoT edge capabilities that work seamlessly with a cloud back end, end-to-end role-based security and rapid development tools for IoT applications.
SAP has also recently acquired Fedem Technology, a Norwegian company specializing in advanced engineering analysis and building software for multibody dynamic simulation and lifetime calculation of structures and mechanical systems under the influence of complex loads. With this acquisition SAP plans to build an end-to-end IoT solution in which a digital avatar continuously represents the state of operating assets through feeds from sensors, replacing the need for physical inspection with a “digital inspection.” Additionally, the solution is intended to consider complex forces in play and detect both instantaneous consequences of one-off events and long-term health effects of cyclic loads, making possible accurate monitoring of maintenance requirements and remaining-life prediction for assets.
SAP IoT Labs: Enabling Global IoT Transformation Across the Globe
SAP plans to establish locations around the world to collaborate on Industry 4.0 and the IoT with customers, partners and startups. SAP IoT labs are intended as lighthouse locations and primary access points for IoT research, development, proof-of-concept modeling and incubation, with IoT showcases, thought leadership, expertise and infrastructure for strategy and product co-innovation. SAP plans to increase investment in consulting and knowledge transfers with dedicated innovation adoption consulting and IoT universities at the sites. Planned locations include Berlin, Johannesburg, Munich, Palo Alto, São Leopoldo and Shanghai, with SAP and partner experts in areas of specific IoT focus native to each region, such as Industry 4.0, logistics, cities and digital farming. The labs are intended to provide customers with access to co-innovation resources including design thinking experts and workshops, and interactive demos of IoT-related technology including autonomous systems (such as drones and robotics), IoT security, machine learning and 3D printing.
The SAP IoT Promise in Real Life: Trenitalia and SAP Event
SAP’s IoT announcement comes on the eve of an IoT customer showcase event, where SAP will join with executives from Trenitalia, Italy’s largest train company, to display technology innovations and the way predictive maintenance technologies are currently transforming the modern transportation industry. Follow @SAP_IoT and #SAPIoT to join key parts of the event live via Periscope on September 29.
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