Enterprise software giant SAP SE launched three new SAP Leonardo Innovation Services to help businesses connect new technologies to use case scenarios with the goal of shortening time to value. These are mainly focused on leveraging network and IT tool for manufacturing but they also include streamlining the integration of 3D printing, which has been an SAP focus for the longer term.
Each of the new services allows customers to explore innovative technologies, business models and processes on their path toward digitalization before deciding on an SAP solution that best fits their needs. They can combine tools, technology and the expertise of business and IT professionals from SAP to kick-start an innovation journey customized to their needs. Customers have access to key experts, including designers, business transformation specialists, industry experts and technology consultants. An innovation coach serves as a guide and resource for using the tools.
“With the world becoming increasingly digital, businesses are at a crossroads,” said Michael Kleinemeier, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, SAP Digital Business Services, SAP. “SAP Leonardo Innovation Services provide customers with a safe way to experiment with new technologies and find the best fit for their business before making an investment in new technology.”
Customers can select editions based on their specific needs, for example:
- SAP Leonardo Innovation Services, express edition, provides a fast implementation of predefined business industry and line-of-business IoT accelerators, such as live asset tracking in consumer products or on-demand 3D printing of spare parts in manufacturing. With the express edition the customer can implement the solution and customize it to specific company needs in less than eight weeks, reducing the time to value.
- SAP Leonardo Innovation Services, open innovation edition, helps customers create a new solution for their specific business challenges, from concept to a clickable prototype, within nine weeks. The open innovation edition includes access to SAP Cloud Platform for innovation. It supports close collaboration through the Digital Design Zone site, an agile design process that ensures the customer is at the center of every stage of innovation.
- SAP Leonardo Innovation Services, enterprise edition, extends the scope of the open innovation edition to help customers create multiple solutions unique to their specific business in parallel. In addition to SAP Cloud Platform and Digital Design Zone, the enterprise edition provides empowerment sessions and access to the SAP Leonardo Innovation Services showroom.
Digital Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 with Intelligent Processing at the Edge
Using the container infrastructure of SAP Cloud Platform IoT services, SAP Leonardo IoT Edge is intended to seamlessly work with other line-of-business solutions such as SAP Digital Manufacturing Insights. Providing cloud-based, multitier analytics for full visibility into manufacturing on multiple levels, SAP Digital Manufacturing Insights is seamlessly and securely connected to the shop floor. This provides high-fidelity information overlaid with business data to enable effective decision making. Together, digital manufacturing and IoT solutions from SAP enable cohesive management of operations and effective Industry 4.0 strategies.
Underpinning all editions of SAP Leonardo Innovation Services is SAP Cloud Platform, the enterprise platform as a service with its comprehensive application development services and features. SAP Cloud Platform intelligently connects standard SAP business solutions with people and devices, helping customers achieve business agility. Users can create a truly integrated, optimized enterprise and accelerate digital transformation across the business – without having to maintain or invest in an on-premise infrastructure.