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SAP’s Leonardo IoT Platform Incorporates Machine Learning, Analytics

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Enterprise software giant SAP is positioning its Leonardo Innovation Platform to be an Internet of Things (IoT) powerhouse on par with rivals like GE’s Predix, IBM’s Watson, and Siemens’ Mindsphere.

SAP’s Leonardo IoT platform is a collection of software and services that embrace technologies like big data, analytics, blockchain, and machine learning. Leonardo resides in the microservices layer and offers an open API. The company refers to Leonardo as a digital innovation system and markets it to customers as a way to evolve their business and take advantage of automation.

Leonardo will provide edge connectivity and will work with all types of connectivity protocols including cellular, WiFi, and even low-power options like Bluetooth.

“We don’t want customers to have separate platforms for mobile and IoT,” said Rakesh Gandhi, vice president of IoT at SAP. “This is where Leonardo comes in … at the service layer. A customer can develop apps, and we will deal with the backend processes.”

SAP already has several customers that use Leonardo, including Adidas, Stara, and HPE.

Leonardo will provide edge connectivity and will work with all types of connectivity protocols including cellular, WiFi and even low-power options like Bluetooth.

Farm equipment maker Caterpillar is leveraging Leonardo in its smart tractors. Leonardo also is being used by some farmers in digital farming deployments to help them better understand when to plant their crops based upon the soil composition.

The company already works with a number of enterprise customers across many different industries including life sciences, manufacturing, maintenance, and logistics.

Gandhi said that SAP is involved in the industrial IoT consortium and is working with it on creating standards to eliminate fragmentation. “We are helping to drive standards,” Gandhi said. “We have been working on this for three years.”

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