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What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Internet of Things definition: The vast network of devices connected to
the Internet, including smart phones and tablets and almost anything with a sensor on it – cars, machines in production plants, jet engines, oil drills, wearable devices, and more. These “things” collect and exchange data.
IoT – and the machine-to-machine (M2M) technology behind it – are bringing a kind of “super visibility” to nearly every industry. Imagine utilities and telcos that can predict and prevent service outages, airlines that can remotely monitor and optimise plane performance, and healthcare organisations that can base treatment on real-time genome analysis. The business possibilities are endless.  

10 Days of IoT showcase

Discover how diverse organisations are using SAP to make the Internet of Things more meaningful. Our 10 Days of IoT series shares their inspiring stories and news from around the world.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

The IIoT, or the Industrial Internet, is driving unprecedented insights and efficiencies in the manufacturing industry. Machine learning, M2M communication, sensor data, and automation technologies work together to create autonomous smart machines and connected factories.

What is the Internet of Everything (IoE)?

The Internet of Everything adds intelligent connections between things and devices, people, processes, and data. IoE systems make sensor data more meaningful and have a secure, usable infrastructure that lets actionable information be shared across the business ecosystem.

Six things you need to know when building an IoT strategy

Along with unique new opportunities come new challenges. Here are some of the essential capabilities you’ll need to meet them head on – and to maximise the possibilities the IoT presents.
IoT Security
As companies collect data beyond traditional IT boundaries, IoT security measures will be critical. Some key considerations include being able to secure and monitor devices, encrypt sensitive data, and build risk mitigation into systems.
Streaming Data
IoT applications accumulate more data than traditional batch processing can manage. Having capabilities for streaming data continually is key to reliably feeding real-time business processes and extracting timely insights.
IoT Platform
An IoT platform makes it possible to develop, deploy, and manage IoT and M2M applications. Automate processes and network connections, store and manage sensor data, connect and control your devices, and analyse your data.
IoT Applications
“Next generation” IoT applications must be able to capture, collect, interpret, and act on vast amounts of information – detecting connectivity gaps, handling interruptions, and meeting specific business and industry requirements.
IoT Cloud
IoT cloud solutions provide affordable access to high-speed data networks – to significantly extend the reach and usability of your IoT applications. They can also offer data storage, processing, analysis, and remote device management.
IoT Data
IoT data management technologies ensure that you can collect the right data at the right time, even when connectivity is interrupted. Rely on in-memory systems to process massive data volumes generated by thousands of devices.

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Putting Industry 4.0 to work for you

Industry 4.0 is a sophisticated blueprint for digitizing manufacturing operations – and the adoption journey can be complex. To make it easier, we’ve introduced three packages that leverage our expertise and breadth of manufacturing and IoT solutions.

Making (human) sense of sensors

All change begins with the ability to measure. With increasingly sophisticated sensors – soon to number in the trillions – we’ll be able to expand perception and measurement far beyond our natural human senses. But how much new sensor data do we need?

Managing IoT: The CIO’s greatest feat

The Internet of Things can deliver unprecedented process efficiency – and save a large organisation hundreds of millions of dollars a year. So who should lead the development of IoT and M2M technology within your organisation? Likely the CIO. Here’s why.  

Get started with SAP IoT solutions

To fully leverage the Internet of Things, enterprises will need to connect things to business processes. Discover the outcomes achieved by forward-looking companies already using SAP’s IoT solutions to run live - and find out how to get started

IoT: A tale of four industries

In this IDC whitepaper, learn how IoT is transforming four industries – becoming the Internet of Everything (IoE) in healthcare and revolutionising consumer products, discrete manufacturing, and retail.

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Finding Value in IoT Data

81% of business executives believe that successful adoption of industrial IoT is critical to their company’s future success, but only 25% have a clear IIoT strategy. Here’s how we can help you connect the dots.

Connecting All Things Unconnected

Connecting products, assets, and the supply chain can help businesses run live. Explore this theme in more detail across four key industries: retail, consumer products, discrete manufacturing, and healthcare.

Connected Car Data Worth $1.5 Trillion

We spend a lot of time in our cars, and connected cars will generate enormous volumes of data. Who owns this data? Who gets to analyse it? How can it be monetized? Experts weigh in.

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