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SAP joins Vodafone on Internet of Things platform

23/03/2016 by Sharon Shahzad


One of the world’s leaders in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, SAP, has revealed that it is to work with Vodafone on an Internet of Things (IoT) platform. The model has been created as a way for customers to get quicker returns on their IoT investments, and uses SAP’s HANA foundation bundle and Vodafone’s device connectivity management capabilities. By integrating the two, the firms hope they will offer customers greater efficiency and simpler operations.

Under the latest agreement, Vodafone and SAP will work together in all of the markets that they jointly service. It means that enterprises should be able to connect and manage devices far more easily utilising Vodafone’s IoT platform whilst moving, collecting and using information from SAP HANA. The integration will receive technical certification from SAP’s IoT foundation.

SAP has done a huge amount of work over the past few years with their SAP HANA system, and the IoT foundation was developed to integrate the device connectivity management offered by Vodafone. This integration means that data can be aggregated from SIM-based devices’ usage, billing, rate plans and status. It also provides a global dashboard that SAP customers can use to easily control and organise their IoT deployments across the globe. One of the huge benefits of combining SAP HANA’s IoT foundation with Vodafone’s connectivity management capabilities is that the process of both managing and acquiring global and regional wireless services can be simplified.

SAP head of IoT GTM Nayaki Nayyar said: “SAP is building a strong ecosystem of key partners in the IoT space. Working with companies like Vodafone, we are able to provide a seamless and feature-rich way for our customers to get the most out of their IoT data – from insight to outcome.”

Meanwhile, Vodafone IOT director Erik Brenneis explained: “The success of the IoT market is going to be built on partnerships. Working with SAP and bringing our joint expertise to customers will enable them to benefit from the IoT quickly and easily.”

The partnership is an important one, particularly because the companies are leaders in their respective fields. Whilst SAP is one of the world’s largest ERP solution providers, Vodafone has operations across 26 countries, making it one of the biggest telecommunications firms on the planet. The latest venture should allow more simplified and easy connectivity for both companies’ clients around the globe, helping to push IoT applications even further.

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