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Imagining the Internet of Good Things

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A new course offered on openSAP aims to give participants hands-on experience with the Internet of Things.

According to Bob Caswell, senior product manager of the Internet of Things (IoT) at SAP, more than 90 percent of the general public is unaware of IoT.

However, he’s hoping this number will decrease with the introduction and launch of Imagine IoT, a new course on the openSAP platform centered on harnessing IoT to improve everyday life.

“As a baseline, this course has no prerequisites. It’s meant to take you end-to-end through being completely naïve to coming out the other end being pretty well educated on what IoT is,” Caswell said, noting that participants in the class will be learning the fundamental technologies of IoT, including sensors, the cloud, and voice recognition.

Patterned after other openSAP courses, Imagine IoT is a three-week class open to students, employees, partners, customers, and whoever else is interested in learning more about IoT.  Students will also learn what SAP is doing in IoT in its mission to help businesses Run Simple. Additionally, Caswell said there will be a handful of guest speakers from outside of SAP talking to students about IoT, with presenters coming from Intel, XM Pro, and Singapore-based SAP partner Blue Ocean Systems.

“We just want to show that SAP isn’t doing this alone,” Caswell said. “We want to contribute to this new open standard of how things will be connected and how that will improve our lives.”

With such a large emphasis on using IoT to better lives, it may not come as a surprise that the course is adding some optimism into its curriculum.

“We’re also positioning it as, what we like to call the ‘Internet of Good Things.’ Part of the experience is not just thinking of how the Internet of Things can improve life for business, but for life in general,” Caswell said.

The mission of inspiring students to take what they learn out of the classroom and beyond business climaxes with a class-wide prototyping challenge at the end of the course’s three weeks.  Applying design thinking, course participants are invited to pick any scenario from their business or personal life, or relevant use-case that can be improved by an IoT-type experience or implementation. From there, students will put together mock ups of their proposed products and apps through SAP’s Build tool, which launched earlier this monthBuild allows users to collaboratively develop prototypes with respective project teams, engage with end-users for feedback, or use various Build prototype templates while getting a hands-on experience with the design process.

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