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SAP is privileged to be recognized as a Leader in the 2019 IDC MarketScape for Industrial IoT Platforms in Manufacturing. We in SAP believes this is a confirmation that our IoT strategy and offering is as strong as ever.

Let’s look at some of the background and highlights of the report.

Perfect match: SAP Leonardo IoT and the Intelligent Enterprise

SAP believes that our IoT strategy focused on enabling the Intelligent Enterprise, puts SAP at the forefront of the global business market. We believe that this strategy is validated by the results of the IDC MarketScape for IIoT Platforms in Manufacturing, which evaluated SAP’s IoT offering, go-to-market, and business capabilities.

The IDC MarketScape identifies one of SAP’s strengths to be our commitment to IoT, citing that “IoT is a critical enabler for digital transformation within manufacturing.”

Furthermore, the IDC MarketScape recognizes SAP’s ability to embed IoT as a core strength. This follows announcements made recently at SAPPHIRE NOW (see announcement) and Hannover Messe.

What does Embed mean in the SAP context? It means out-of-the-box IoT LoB scenarios that unlock SAP’s Intelligent Enterprise with a compelling portfolio of business cases combining IoT data, business data and customer data (O-data+X-data enriched with IoT data!) By embedding IoT data into line of business solutions like S/4HANA and C4/HANA in an out-of-the-box scenario, SAP is enabling significant market disruption in the manufacturing space and beyond.

An example in manufacturing: consider an automatic production line. With SAP embedded IoT capabilities, manufacturers can gain insights on the product and usage patterns to improve operations and production. Automatic streaming rules create events and actions, such as issuing workorders or automating field service calls, ensuring a 24/7 business with optimized machine output as well as auto replenishment of vital materials. With seamless integration to SAP Leonardo IoT business services, you can centrally manage the lifecycle of custom policies and intelligence at scale and increase technician productivity and lower costs, enabling new business models.

Let us not forget two other key elements of SAP’s IoT strategy.

Specifically, we drive to Extend the existing SAP business processes and solutions. These include the IDC MarketScape’s listed primary strategic priorities of improving supply chain orchestration and factory performance, as well as delivering enhanced service offerings with improved new product introduction. SAP Leonardo IoT enables developers to extend the existing business processes by gaining information and insights from previously unconnected devices through capabilities such as IoT-enriched analytics and data access control. This allows you as a customer to unlock the Intelligent Enterprise with IoT-enabled use cases unique for your specific needs. SAP’s large ecosystem of implementation partners is a key enabler for this approach.

Finally, SAP enables solutions to Evolve. This is a key pillar in our strategy to allow customers to leverage IoT to create new innovative business models to impact your business’s top line. This is achieved by enabling application developers (partners and customers) to pursue open innovation.

To learn more about the report and to check out the report excerpt, check out the SAP's news byte: “SAP Named a Leader in IDC MarketScape for Industrial IoT Platforms in Manufacturin...

To learn more about how SAP Leonardo IoT help solve business problems check out my previous blog “Solving Business Problems with SAP Leonardo IoT and Edge.” and  to get more details about SAP Leonardo IoT and read customer success stories, visit our product page here