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SAP and VMware collaborate on IoT management

Steve Rogerson
October 12, 2017
German software company SAP and California-based cloud infrastructure firm VMware are collaborating to create an integrated service that supports the implementation and management of IoT use cases across devices, infrastructure, edge, cloud and application domains.
The goal is to enable fast deployment, scalability and on-schedule execution of IoT projects.
"VMware and SAP have a long and rich history of working together to empower our mutual customers to transform their businesses with solutions that help to innovate, simplify and move towards a software-defined enterprise architecture," said Mimi Spier, vice president at VMware. "Today, we extend that relationship with our collaboration to apply our know-how to helping customers successfully deploy and operate their IoT solutions spanning infrastructure to applications and analytics."
In a 2016 study by IDG Research Services, 47 per cent of companies considered technological expertise as an important factor when selecting an IoT vendor. This is important, because enterprises spend a lot of time in vendor selection and integration while implementing IoT use cases.
An enterprise IoT-ready architecture consists of an infrastructure plane and application plane. The infrastructure layer refers to the IoT infrastructure itself along with the capabilities to manage and secure it, whereas the application plane analyses insight-rich data from connected things to drive business decisions and processes.
VMware specialises in infrastructure and device management software. With its family of VMware Pulse IoT offerings, it will offer enterprises a consistent infrastructure plane for all their IoT projects and management to onboard, configure and monitor things securely on an on-going basis along with support for on-premises capabilities.
The recently announced VMware Pulse IoT Canter can help simplify IoT complexity by managing all things as one, improve the reliability and security of IoT infrastructure through accurate and real-time visibility of thing health, and help accelerate the RoI of IoT use cases by streamlining how IoT projects are deployed and scaled. It is expected to be available before the end of the year.
SAP is known for business and enterprise applications and analytics. SAP Leonardo IoT products are built on the firm’s cloud platform, and connect people, processes and things. Leonardo is a digital innovation system that helps companies transform systems that manage workflows or processes into systems of intelligence by integrating technologies such as IoT, artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics to bridge the gap between operations and information technology.
Through their collaboration and testing, VMware and SAP plan to offer mutual customers:
·       Enterprise IT approved: Both VMware and SAP have an understanding of how to help organisations recognise real gains from IoT technology.
·       OT-IT integration: SAP provides real-time visibility by converging time-series device data with business transactional data, while VMware will enable IT to have visibility and control of the IoT use case from the infrastructure operational point of view.
·       Holistic analytics: With access to both operational and business analytics, enterprises will be better able to harness the wealth of information unearthed from their IoT deployments as well as view and track the health of the IoT infrastructure itself.
·       Shorter time to value: Both companies are working together to develop a pre-integrated, pre-tested service that aims to enable quick deployments while providing the necessary security and management capabilities for IoT architecture across gateways, micro data centres and the cloud to help speed up time to value.

"Companies win when they can make intelligent real-time decisions at the edge; SAP Leonardo supports that bold innovation," said Nils Herzberg, senior vice president for SAP. "As customers start to implement, one obstacle to realising that vision is tackling infrastructure lifecycle and management outside of the traditional data centre. By working with VMware, we are helping mutual customers to create innovative gains while supporting a reliable, maintainable and secure IT platform."
With 2016 revenue of $7.09bn, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.