IoT Cloud So­lu­tions Pro­vide En­ter­prises Af­ford­able Ac­cess to High- Speed Data Net­works

In a con­ver­sa­tion with Dataquest, Srikanth Gopalakr­ish­nan, Vice Pres­i­dent – IoT Dig­i­tal Con­nected As­sets, SAP Labs In­dia, talks about IoT trans­for­ma­tion, how en­ter­prises take con­trol of IoT and how SAP is man­ag­ing the ex­plo­sion of data from IoT. Ex­cerpts:

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—SRIKANTH GOPALAKR­ISH­NAN, Vice Pres­i­dent – IoT Dig­i­tal Con­nected As­sets, SAP Labs In­dia

How is IoT trans­form­ing in­dus­tries? Or­ga­ni­za­tions are no longer new to the con­cept of In­ter­net of Things, it is now about how they can best ap­ply it to drive real busi­ness value. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent white pa­per from IHS, 75.4 bn de­vices will con­nected by 2025. This makes it ap­par­ent that ev­ery or­ga­ni­za­tion across in­dus­tries will, if not al­ready, be us­ing this tech­nol­ogy to in­crease their op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency, de­rive busi­ness in­sights and to gain bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity and con­trol over their as­sets. Fur­ther­more, IoT can bring change to each in­dus­try as it trans­forms busi­ness mod­els and cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ences, po­ten­tially cre­at­ing new rev­enue streams. IoT has al­ready made its pres­ence felt in each in­dus­try, be it health­care or man­u­fac­tur­ing, IT or re­tail.

The im­por­tant part of a con­nected ecosys­tem of ma­chines is that we now have data that has the po­ten­tial to trans­form busi­ness pro­cesses within or­ga­ni­za­tions. Con­cepts like the “Lot size of one”, which changes mass man­u­fac­tur­ing to some­thing more spe­cial­ized based on cus­tom­ized or­ders is al­ready tak­ing the in­dus­try by storm.

How does an en­ter­prise take con­trol of IoT?

The ex­plo­sion of data that en­ter­prises re­ceive through sen­sors can be over­whelm­ing to many. Con­nect­ing thou­sands of de­vices in­tro­duces new chal­lenges to en­ter­prises work­ing on tra­di­tional op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ments. Or­ga­ni­za­tions need to scale and de­code the com­plex data com­ing their way, the first step of tak­ing con­trol of this is to sim­plify the de­vice man­age­ment. Hav­ing a cen­tral­ized IT in­fras­truc­ture plat­form with au­to­mated con­fig­u­ra­tion and man­age­ment will pro­vide en­ter­prises fo­cused data. Se­cu­rity is crit­i­cal be­cause the data we re­ceive from sen­sors is di­rectly linked to the phys­i­cal ma­chines and this can be mis­used. Peo­ple have the ten­dency to hoard in­for­ma­tion but the key is to be smart about data. Not all data col­lected from ma­chines has to be pushed to the cloud for pro­cess­ing. We are en­ter­ing an age of edge in­tel­li­gence. Most of the data is pro­cessed through edge servers for lo­cal pro­cess­ing and only the rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion is passed to the cloud. This is crit­i­cal to man­age the cost of heav­ing data to the cloud. Hence, hy­brid pro­cess­ing of data will be­come the norm.

How is IoT cloud shap­ing up in the in­dus­try?

Or­ga­ni­za­tions are in­creas­ingly lever­ag­ing cloud based IoT plat­forms by build­ing and de­ploy­ing ap­pli­ca­tions on it. IoT cloud so­lu­tions pro­vide en­ter­prises af­ford­able ac­cess to high-speed data net­works which en­ables them to sig­nif­i­cantly ex­tend the reach and us­abil­ity of the IoT ap­pli­ca­tions. Th­ese so­lu­tions are en­abling en­ter­prises to man­age their as­sets in real-time, au­to­mate pro­cesses at the core and con­nect to any de­vice or ap­pli­ca­tion at the edge of your net­work. Or­ga­ni­za­tions across in­dus­tries are look­ing at cre­at­ing next-gen­er­a­tion, ma­chine-to-ma­chine and IoT ap­pli­ca­tions on the IoT cloud plat­form.

For ex­am­ple, the SAP HANA Cloud Plat­form for IoT al­lows in­te­grat­ing the cloud plat­form with an­a­lyt­i­cal

ap­pli­ca­tions. Busi­nesses can con­sol­i­date data from sen­sors and other busi­ness sys­tems, ac­cess the in­for­ma­tion on al­most ev­ery mo­bile de­vice, and de­liver data sets in a se­cure, pro­tected way. All of this – with an open de­sign for third-party de­vel­op­ments and ex­ten­si­bil­ity – is now avail­able in the cloud so that they can get up and run­ning quickly with the low­est pos­si­ble up­front in­vest­ment.

How SAP is man­ag­ing the ex­plo­sion of data from IoT?

En­ter­prises are con­stantly look­ing for so­lu­tions to man­age the ex­plo­sion of data that comes their way and SAP Cloud Plat­form aims at achiev­ing this for our cus­tomers. The process of man­ag­ing data be­gins with en­ter­prises ap­ply­ing the uni­ver­sal­ity of the cloud through cer­ti­fied and se­cure data cen­ters and the power of in-mem­ory com­put­ing via SAP HANA for in­gest­ing, man­ag­ing, and an­a­lyz­ing Big Data from IoT so­lu­tions. SAP HANA’s ad­vanced en­gines and busi­ness li­braries such as pre­dic­tive, plan­ning, geospa­tial, graph, text search, text an­a­lyt­ics en­ables faster anal­y­sis of Big Data. SAP lever­ages open stan­dard based tech­nolo­gies with se­cure con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions to con­nect mul­ti­ple IoT de­vices to a sin­gle IoT hub in the cloud. Ad­di­tion­ally, en­ter­prises can also store and for­ward the data syn­chro­niza­tion via SAP SQL Any­where and SAP Mo­biLink ser­vice. Data in­ges­tion and pipe­line man­age­ment is be­ing done with SAP Vora and Data Hub.

Can you please throw some light on IoE (In­ter­net of Ev­ery­thing)? How does it help the en­ter­prises?

The In­ter­net of Ev­ery­thing con­sists of the in­tel­li­gent con­nec­tions between things and de­vices, peo­ple, pro­cesses, and data. IoE sys­tems make sen­sor data more mean­ing­ful and have a se­cure, us­able in­fras­truc­ture that lets ac­tion­able in­for­ma­tion be shared across the busi­ness ecosys­tem. In the era of IoT, com­mu­ni­ca­tions hap­pen over com­put­ers and ma­chines, IoE makes net­worked con­nec­tions more rel­e­vant and valu­able, con­vert­ing in­for­ma­tion into ac­tions that cre­ate new ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The In­ter­net of Ev­ery­thing has been a term that en­cap­su­lates the co-work­ing of peo­ple, pro­cesses and ma­chines. To give you an ex­am­ple, in the near fu­ture we will have fash­ion de­sign­ers put up their de­signs on a cloud mar­ket­place. Buy­ers will be able to choose a de­sign and pre­ferred gar­ment, the sys­tem will then help in get­ting this 3D printed at the near­est 3D prin­ter sta­tion. This is the true mean­ing of ev­ery­thing from peo­ple to process to phys­i­cal prod­ucts be­ing con­nected in real time.

Who all are your cus­tomers?

SAP has a wide range of cus­tomers span­ning mul­ti­ple do­mains like dig­i­tal sup­ply chain, man­u­fac­tur­ing and as­set man­age­ment. We have cus­tomers from Oil and Gas, Util­i­ties, FMCG, Health­care, Dis­crete and Process man­u­fac­tur­ing who are part of our strong dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion story. We work with the likes of Kaeser Kom­pres­soren, Cater­pil­lar, BASF to name a few.

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