SAP seeks to speed analytics with AI technology

18 May, 2017, 09:23 | Author: Jonathon Greene
  • CEO Bill Mc Dermott at the 2017 SAP Sapphire Now conference in Orlando.                Image Hope Reese  TechRepublic

Symmetry, a certified SAP Hosting, Cloud and SAP HANA Operations provider, has certified and deployed Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Synergy, the world's first platform architected for Composable Infrastructure a new category of infrastructure that accelerates application delivery in both traditional and new IT environments.

If done right, with the machine-learning piece, Leukert said, Leonardo will drive a great deal of automation.

"Your companies are actually now in the midst of re-inventing their business models", McDermott said during his keynote of the need for a system like Leonardo.

SAP has added machine learning to its Leonardo IoT software suite to help businesses handle data gathered from smart devices more intelligently.

The vendor said it would "continue to invest into its own infrastructure and expand its global data centre footprint" but that its intention for its PaaS was to offer a "free choice" of the underlying infrastructure, whether that be SAP or non-SAP owned. These types of integrations also make it easier for SAP customers to run hybrid cloud setups, which an terrible lot of older IT organizations are choosing rather than migrate wholesale to the public cloud. But he said those platforms operate in silos whereas Leonardo has connections to SAP applications, giving it the ability to draw on application data and execute through operational applications. It will be supported by SAP Leonardo Centers that will soon open in New York, Paris, Sao Paulo and Sao Leopoldo, and Bangalore. The new SAP Cloud Platform cockpit includes multilanguage runtime environments, including Java, Node.js and SAP HANA extended application services, advanced model.

Also new is the SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service for building applications and application extensions using distributed ledger technology. It's doing that by embedding SAP Predictive Analytics' machine learning capabilities in S/4Hana. It can also be used to forecast cross-sells and upsells and loyalty, as well as to choose the actions that are most likely to improve customer experience.

The consulting arm of Big Four firm Deloitte has begun a partnership with SAP America to develop digital offerings powered by SAP Leonardo.

Part of SAP's announcements today included its expansion of its SAP Leonardo system, which brings together software capabilities in machine learning, the Internet of Things, Big Data, analytics and blockchain on SAP Cloud Platform.

Virtustream, an SAP partner, is participating at SAPPHIRE NOW® and ASUG Annual Conference being held May 16-18 in Orlando, Florida in booth #438. The SAP and Google strategic co-innovation partnership announced in March now includes additional certification of SAP technology and applications on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

As it has with other platform offerings, the company is taking steps to build a broader ecosystem around Leonardo, faster, by opening up APIs and other connectors to make it easier for partners and other developers to build custom applications, integrations, and other add-ons that will work with the core functionality of Leonardo.

"It's a very cool partnership", said Diane Green, senior vice president of Google Cloud, who joined Bernd Leukert, a member of the executive board of SAP SE, Products, and Innovation, onstage during his keynote.

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