SAP announced a new tool today called the Leonardo IoT Bridge designed to help bridge the gap between data coming from sensors in the field and business systems operating inside a firm.

The manufacturing sector is in the middle of a massive shift where machines are being equipped with sensors that transmit torrents of data about their health, and the environment around them, over the internet.

SAP, the German company mostly known for developing large, complex ERP systemsand databases wants to apply what it’s learned processing large volumes of business data to connected sensors and the underlying systems.

To this end, the company announced a new platform in May called SAP Leonardo. According to SAP’s Nils Herzberg, who holds the title of SVP of Internet of Things at the company (a title I’m betting did not exist until recently), Leonardo is a cloud service that can help ingest, process and make sense of the hordes of IoT data.

The Leonardo IoT Bridge announced today at the first Leonardo Live customer event, is a digital command center that combines  SAP applications information and sensor data to help track operations information in real time.

According to a company blog post announcing the new tool, “A key feature of SAP Leonardo IoT Bridge is the ability to identify unexpected and unplanned events from IoT applications, present it contextually to the Operations users and provide them with decision support, including information on trade-offs against service level agreements, cost and other relevant factors,”

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