SAP is booming in industry

Internet of Things (IoT)

SAP plans to invest two billion euros in the development of its portfolio for the Internet of Things (IoT) over the next five years. The aim is to help your own customers, collect data from a wide variety of devices and sensors, evaluate them and use the information obtained from the analyzes to advance your own business. To this end, the software engineers from Baden want to bundle their IoT efforts under the name "SAP IoT". In addition to product development, this also includes the associated marketing and sales activities as well as units for support, co-innovation and the development of an ecosystem with partners and startups.

There is a billion-dollar business in the Internet of Things

"With billions of networked devices, we have the opportunity to reshape society and the economy," stated SAP CEO Bill McDermott. In the same breath, the US head of SAP refers to his own expertise and the SAP HANA platform as a fundamental data hub for the Internet of Things. The software company apparently senses good business in this environment. The Walldorf-based company estimate the global market volume for IoT to be around 250 billion euros by 2020.

With the help of SAP IoT, user companies should be able to capture large amounts of data that arise every day in different locations, business departments and teams and to link it to core business applications such as S / 4HANA. According to SAP, the platform contains solutions that connect employees, customers, partners, things and the entire physical environment of a company with one another. The insights gained in this way in real time could flow directly into the business processes. This enables those responsible to recognize new business opportunities more quickly, to trim their own processes for more efficiency and to continuously adapt the business model, processes, products and services to the constantly changing environment.

SAP puts together preconfigured IoT packages

SAP has also presented specific Industry 4.0 packages. The "Jumpstart Package" contains basic functions to link various sources of information in your own company and to keep an eye on the efficiency of the processes. The "Accelerator Package" also includes additional tools to better plan and monitor production processes, as well as analysis and maintenance functions for production systems. According to SAP, both packages are available immediately.

The "Advanced Package" is to follow as an Industry 4.0 solution in the coming year. This includes further functions to better control production processes. In addition, tools for machine learning, predictive analytics and quality assurance should be included. In addition to these three packages, the software manufacturer is planning further IoT packages, for example for authorities as well as energy and agriculture.

Acquisitions are intended to accelerate IoT initiatives

To accelerate the development of its own IoT portfolio, SAP is also relying on acquisitions. This is how the German software company PLAT.ONE swallows. The software provider founded in northern Italy offers a platform on which users can also develop and operate complex IoT solutions. This includes, for example, functions to connect a wide variety of devices with one another, to control and monitor the life cycle of the devices as well as for the security of IoT networks and the development of corresponding applications. How much money the Walldorfers put on the table for the IoT specialist was not disclosed.

In addition, SAP recently acquired the Norwegian provider Fedem Technology. The Norwegians specialize in collecting and evaluating sensor data from industrial plants in order to build digital avatars on this basis, for example. This would enable users to ensure more efficient operation of their systems and better plan and process the associated maintenance, for example with the help of predictive maintenance. Tanja Rückert, Executive Vice President IoT & Customer Innovation at SAP, reports on a manufacturer of wind turbines that can be virtually maintained as a digital avatar.

The solutions from PLAT.ONE and Fedem Technology are to be integrated into SAP's IoT portfolio, announced SAP manager Rückert. The manager also held out the prospect of further targeted acquisitions in order to expand her own IoT portfolio.

  1. 2016
    At the Sapphire customer conference in May, SAP announced a cooperation with Microsoft. Both manufacturers want to support SAP's in-memory platform HANA on Microsoft's Azure cloud infrastructure in the future. Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella said: "Together with SAP we are creating a new level of integration within our products."
  2. 2016
    SAP and Apple want to jointly develop native business iOS apps for iPhone and iPad. Experts are critical of SAP's commitment to a mobile platform and complain about a lack of openness. User representatives reacted with surprise and asked for clarification on what the new mobile strategy means.
  3. 2015
    In the summer, SAP CEO Bill McDermott had an accident at his father's birthday party. He falls on the stairs with a glass and loses an eye after an operation. In the fall, the American manager reports back as fully operational again.
  4. 2015
    In February, SAP presented S / 4HANA, a new generation of its business software and thus the successor to the Business Suite. SAP is redefining the concept of enterprise resource planning for the 21st century, said SAP boss Bill McDermott, who praised the new development. For the majority of companies, the product is likely to remain in the future, countered the DSAG user association. The priorities of many customers would be more on classic projects around the ERP system.
  5. 2014
    SAP technical director Vishal Sikka is leaving his post in May and will become CEO of Infosys. SAP has been looking for a successor to Sikka for a long time, and in November finally brings long-time Microsoft manager Quentin Clark for this post.
  6. 2012
    With the acquisition of the American cloud computing provider SuccessFactors, the Walldorf-based company is continuing its path into the cloud business - after competitor Oracle had recently taken over RightNow. At 2.4 billion euros, the purchase price was more than half the current market value. With the SuccessFactors solution, cloud services are primarily offered in the human resources environment. In addition, SAP grabs the world's second largest cloud provider for retail networks Ariba for 3.3 billion euros.
  7. 2011
    In 2011, the form was forgotten, the Walldorfers achieve the best results in their history. The innovation strategy is working, even if there were occasional doubts as to whether SAP would not sprint away from its customers: In 2011, the first customers implemented the in-memory platform HANA, and more and more customers are using the mobile solutions that arose from the Sybase deal.
  8. 2010
    The bang: Hasso Plattner turns things around with the supervisory board. The hapless Léo pharmacist, who previously offended many customers with the increase in maintenance fees, has to leave. The new dual leadership consisting of Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe promises users closer proximity to the customer again. CTO Vishal Sikka becomes a board member and SAP acquires Sybase, a provider of information management and mobile data usage, for approximately $ 5.8 billion.
  9. 2008
    With the increase of the maintenance fees from 17 to 22 percent and the modalities of the "enterprise support", which bring a lot of effort for the users, SAP annoyed its customers massively. Despite intensive discussions at the DSAG congress, SAP is sticking to its line. Léo Apotheker is now the second spokesman for the board of directors alongside Kagermann. At the end of the year, SAP bowed to customer resistance.
  10. 2008
    The largest takeover in the company's history: In 2008, SAP bought the business intelligence specialist Business Objects for 4.8 billion euros, thereby disregarding its previous strategy of growing on its own. The integration with your own SAP BI range is complex and will take several years. The 44,000 BO customers are to help increase the number of customers to 100,000 by 2010.
  11. 2007
    For many years, SAP has been developing the SaaS ERP solution Business byDesign for smaller companies. According to "Wirtschaftswoche", around three billion euros were sunk in the creation process. Despite the work of 3,000 developers, the software is years too late. Although innovative, the solution is difficult in the German market. In 2013 byDesign will be transferred to the cloud portfolio.
  12. 2006
    With "Duet", SAP and Microsoft bring a joint software onto the market with which MS Office can be easily integrated into SAP business processes. In 2006, the availability of the new SAP ERP software, which is based on the SOA principle (Service Oriented Architecture), was announced.
  13. 2003
    Farewell to the last SAP veteran: Hasso Plattner retires from the management board and joins the supervisory board, Henning Kagermann becomes the sole management board spokesman. SAP presents the integration platform NetWeaver, which is to be the basis for future products. The number of employees is now 30,000.
  14. 2002
    The ERP manufacturer no longer wants to leave the previously neglected field of SMEs to competition. At CeBIT 2002, SAP is presenting Business One, an ERP solution for small to medium-sized companies with around five to 150 employees. But it is not easy for the people of Walldorf in this market segment. The reputation of the people of Walldorf to build mainly complex and expensive solutions for corporations is too strong.
  15. 1999
    The new economy is booming and e-commerce is finding its way into SAP: Plattner announces the new strategy of mySAP.com. The software is intended to link online trading solutions with ERP applications based on web technology. In the previous year, the Walldorf-based company had increased its team by half, and now 20,000 employees work at SAP. Because customers should pay more when switching, there is headwind for a long time, after all, the Internet interfaces are also offered as part of R / 3 maintenance. Meanwhile, the headquarters has grown.
  16. 1997
    The SAP users organize themselves in the German-speaking SAP User Group e.V. (DSAG) in order to better represent their interests together. According to the articles of association, the aim of the association is the "partnership-based coordination of interests and cooperation between SAP software users and SAP for the purpose of expanding and improving SAP software products".
  17. 1997
    The ERP manufacturer is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and Chancellor Helmut Kohl comes to congratulate him, who will be replaced by Gerhard Schröder the following year. The turnover is over six billion marks, the business result for the first time over the billion mark. More than two thirds are generated abroad. SAP has almost 13,000 employees and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
  18. 1995
    In 1995, the ERP provider tried for the first time to plow the medium-sized market in cooperation with system houses. It would take a few more years before more medium-sized companies wanted to get involved with the complex software. With almost 7,000 employees, SAP generates sales of 2.7 billion marks, more than twice as much as two years earlier. Rudolf Scharping, at that time still the SPD party chairman, comes to visit.
  19. 1993
    Shake hands between armorer and gates. SAP signs a cooperation agreement with Microsoft to port the R / 3 system to Windows NT. SAP is also buying shares in the document management provider IXOS. For the first time, the people of Walldorf exceeded the billion mark in sales.
  20. 1992
    R / 3 has been delivered since 1992. The Walldorf-based company had designed the software for the AS / 400 from IBM, after performance problems they turned to Unix workstations with an Oracle database based on the client-server principle. International business is growing: in 1992, SAP earned almost half of what it earned in Germany abroad. The total turnover amounts to 831 million marks. 3157 employees now work for SAP.
  21. 1991
    This year, Henning Kagermann (right in the picture), who has been responsible for the cost accounting and project controlling development areas since 1982, is promoted to the board.
  22. 1990
    SAP is taking over 50 percent of the software company Steeb and the software company CAS completely in order to strengthen the SME business. The wall fell and the people of Walldorf founded SRS in Dresden together with Siemens Nixdorf and Robotron. The Berlin office opens and SAP holds its first annual press conference.
  23. 1988
    SAP goes public: Hasso Plattner on the first day of trading in SAP shares.
  24. 1987
    The first groundbreaking: Dietmar Hopp started building the SAP headquarters in Walldorf in 1987.
  25. 1983
    In 1983 the company had 125 employees and generated 41 million marks a year. After the general ledger, SAP also addresses the issue of production planning and control. RM-PPS is installed for the first time at the customer Heraeus in Hanau. The year before, the founders of SAP (from left: Dietmar Hopp, Hans-Werner Hector, Hasso Plattner, Klaus Tschira) celebrated their tenth anniversary.
  26. 1979
    SAP dealt with the database and dialog control system from IBM: That was the trigger for the redesign of the software and the foundation for SAP R / 2. Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) emerged from real-time systems in the 1970s. This is what workplaces at SAP looked like in the early 1980s.
  27. 1976
    The software should enable payroll accounting and bookkeeping via mainframe computers. Instead of using punch cards, the data was entered on the screen - this was called Realtime and the “R” remained part of the name of the solutions for decades. Because the software was not only developed for one company for the first time, but could also be used more universally, SAP is considered a co-inventor of the standard software approach. But football was not neglected either: the computer team with Hasso Plattner and Dietmar Hopp on the field.
  28. 1972
    In 1972 the five former IBM employees Claus Wellenreuther, Hans-Werner Hector, Klaus Tschira, Dietmar Hopp and Hasso Plattner founded the company "SAP System Analysis and Program Development". You want to create a standard application software for real-time processing that can be used for different companies and that replaces punch cards.

In addition, SAP wants IoT worldwide