SAP and Bosch team up to drive forward industrial IoT
SAP and Bosch team up to drive forward industrial IoT
SAP and Bosch team up to drive forward industrial IoT

SAP and Bosch team up to drive forward industrial IoT

SAP HANA platform to be used within Bosch’s IoT Cloud.

SAP has partnered with Bosch in a bid to speed up manufacturing and logistics processes using IoT, analytics and the cloud.

The partnership will see the SAP’s HANA in-memory database platform run within Bosch’s IoT Cloud.

The aim is to process large quantities of data for IoT applications in real-time. In addition, Bosch and SAP will work to combine their software and cloud expertise in the future. Bosch IoT microservices will be available on SAP HANA Cloud Platform as a way to connect different devices and components. This includes enabling secure and more efficient connectivity for vehicles, manufacturing machinery, or tools with various, and preferably, open platforms. The aim is always to offer customers new, smart services.

“In order to make even better use of the major potential that connected industry holds, international companies must cooperate more closely than before, and they must base that cooperation on open standards,” said Bosch CEO Dr Volkmar Denner.

Customer benefit

Bernd Leukert, member of the SAP executive board for products and innovation, added: “New solutions that offer a high degree of customer benefit will appear only when companies concentrate on their strengths and their core competencies while also pooling their respective strengths.”

The partnership will also be looking to bring standardisation by closely coordinating efforts with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and with the Germany-based Platform Industry 4.0. The aim is to institute a set of standardised conditions that will support the interoperability of machinery in the world of industry.

“Joint testbeds are a tried and trusted approach toward that aim, with partners working together to test the interplay of sensors, machinery, software, and cloud technology, and to derive standards from that,” Leukert said.

Both firms hope to use the combined technologies in sectors outside of manufacturing and logistics, such as automated and connected vehicles.

“Databases and platform technologies are fundamental building blocks for new solutions in the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. We would like to put these at the disposal of customers, partners, and users worldwide,” Leukert said.

Easy and low cost

Andrew Kinder, vice president of Industry & Solution Strategy at Infor, told Internet of Business that cloud provides the easiest and lowest cost means of collecting and storing data from millions of connected devices.

“Processing the data and applying the science required to drive value out of the data pool can be achieved in multiple ways including memory-resident computing and optimization techniques,” he said.

Setrag Khoshafian, vice president of BPM Technology at Pegasystems, told Internet of Business that a number of consortia, initiatives, references architectures, and standardisation efforts have arisen to address the wide spectrum of levels from the physical to reference architectures.

“Robust interoperability within and across industries as well as standardisation of protocols of IoT architecture stacks are necessary for successful IoT deployments. These industry organisations include AllSeen Alliance, Open Interconnect Consortium, Industrial Internet Consortium, and Industry 4.0,” he said.

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