Most organizations know today that there is some business value to be derived from investing in an Internet of Things (IoT) project. The challenge is that not many of them have a lot of IoT expertise on hand. That makes investing in a IoT project without knowing the real costs and expected benefits a risky endeavor.
SAP this week moved to reduce that risk by launching a program intended to help organizations jumpstart an IoT project. It is based on the SAP Leonardo portfolio of IoT products and services that SAP has developed, and Hans Thalbauer, general manager for extended supply chain solutions and IoT at SAP, says the goal is to get organizations down the IoT path faster via a three-month engagement based on a fixed promotional price encompassing both SAP products and services. The products covered include SAP Connected Goods, SAP Vehicle Insights, SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service and SAP Asset Intelligence Network.
In general, Thalbauer says many organizations often don’t appreciate the scope of an IoT project and the effect it can have on its business. An IoT project not only involves connecting devices to the internet, it also profoundly alters processes in a way that almost inevitably requires people to acquire new skills and expertise.
“Organizations really need to figure out the business strategy,” says Thalbauer.
Thalbauer says the jumpstart program for SAP Leonardo is designed to make it simpler to implement a proof-of-concept (PoC) of an IoT project to make it simpler to comprehend the effect that project might have on the business once it is implemented at scale.
IoT projects are some of the most exciting and frightening projects any organization can embark on. From attaching sensors to endpoints to building massive Big Data analytics applications, there is almost no part of an IT environment that an IoT project doesn’t wind up touching in some way. Naturally, if all goes as planned, that IoT project can transform the business. However, it is possible that IoT project might be the IT equivalent of a money pit. The challenge facing IT organizations is to find a way to make sure they get the opportunity to take a good long IoT look before making the actual leap.