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Complete digital interconnection through IOT is the way forward for global businesses – But be wary

Leveraging a connected platform definitely comes with its set of challenges. The key is to identify risks at the outset.

The Internet of Things is a decades old concept. While it has largely been in use operationally, such as in manufacturing plants’ shop floors, today it is seeing an increasing need in businesses, even to the extent of policy and process adaptation. Thanks to the parallel evolution of Industry 4.0 and the increasing use of the industrial Internet, businesses are keen to harness

Big Data and intelligent applications for business and industry-specific processes.

SAP believes its Artificial Intelligence powered IOT platform, SAP Leonardo, will make this happen.

A revolutionary platform and a Renaissance hero.

Leonardo Da Vinci – Designer, Inventor, Mathematician, Scientist, Engineer – in other words – a true polymath. What better name can SAP give to its latest IOT platform?

Launched in January 2017, this comprehensive Enterprise Resource Planning software bridges business processes with ubiquitous IoT devices. The purpose is to turn ‘data’ to ‘actionable outcomes’ by literally taking millions of unstructured data from across connected devices, analyzing data and trends, visualizing outcomes and then inducing the right action.

Imagine this…

You run a manufacturing unit that produces fastners for the automobile industry. Typically, the production process would involve the use of many different kinds of tools. Each tool, in course of its usage, would generate valuable data, such as units of electricity used, machinery wear and tear, and so on. Leveraging SAP Leonardo, these raw data then help generate valuable alerts, such as for replacements, maintenance, and so on. Today, it takes many labor intensive man-hours to monitor and maintain complex machinery. SAP believes that with its IOT platform, not only would operational processes be integrated and simplified, but would directly impact businesses in a positive way.

SAP Leonardo: From ‘things’ to ‘outcomes’

During SAP’s 2017 Sapphire event in Orlando, Florida, Dr Hasso Plattner (cofounder & chairman of the SAP supervisory board) called this unique platform a “box around a set of tools to build a system which then, with machine learning algorithms, finds insights which we can attach to transactions” within an SAP environment.

SAP Leonardo leverages a wide variety of technologies and concepts – from Machine learning to Blockchain and from Big Data to the Internet of Things covering all in between: Data Intelligence, Analytics and even Design Thinking – for one single purpose: Digital Transformation.

Keeping a wary eye

The benefits accrued in using a platform such as SAP Leonardo is definitely transformational. However, leveraging a connected platform definitely comes with its set of challenges. The key is to identify risks at the outset. One probable challenge is in real-time monitoring of machine-to-machine data exchange. Operating based on established protocols system to system communication, which is so essential in the IOT scheme of things, often gets overlooked. The backdoor is left unmonitored.

HALOCORE® Data Stream Intelligence: The backdoor sentinel

HALOCORE® Data Stream Intelligence (DSI) provides monitoring and classification of different types of data streams (RFC, IDOC, Webservice) between SAP systems and the connected satellite systems.

It extends HALOCORE® capabilities to scan ‘machine-to-machine’ communications and SAP background data flows. Enterprises gain insights into ‘invisible’ SAP application activities and, thus, significantly reduce their IT security risk.

For more information on HALOCORE®, visit the website.


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