Exploring the IoT Services Offering within SAP HCP

  • by James Wood, Founder and Principal Consultant, Bowdark Consulting
  • December 7, 2015
Learn how the Internet of Things (IoT) Services offering within SAP HANA Cloud Platform (SAP HCP) allows users to rapidly develop IoT scenarios.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will:

  • Learn how the Internet of Things (IoT) Services offering with SAP HANA Cloud Platform (SAP HCP) can serve as the foundation for developing IoT scenarios of any kind
  • Gain an understanding of how companion services within SAP HCP make it easy to integrate IoT scenarios with SAP solutions – either in the cloud or on premise
Key Concept

SAP Internet of Things (IoT) Services as part of SAP HANA Cloud Platform (SAP HCP) provides companies with a holistic solution for building IoT solutions that integrate with their SAP landscape – both internally and in the cloud.

Though it’s emerged as one of the more trendy buzzwords in the IT space, the Internet of Things (IoT) is, in many ways, nothing really new. For many years, computer scientists have inherently known that it’s technically possible to connect various devices or sensors to a network and use the incoming data to create new business scenarios. Indeed, some organizations even went so far as to implement these kinds of solutions, though these isolated cases were highly specialized and usually proprietary in nature. In recent years, however, this trend has started to change. The two main driving factors behind this are:

  • The cost of these peripheral devices or sensors has dropped considerably.
  • As a byproduct of lower costs, the number of these devices (“things”) has proliferated to a point that a recent Gartner study suggests that there might be as many as 6.4 billion of these things by 2016.

With both these factors in play, there’s no denying that IoT is a real thing. Recognizing the inevitable, many IT organizations are now trying to figure out their IoT strategies. This is a difficult task for a variety of reasons – many of which extend beyond the normal IT purview.

Within the scope of this article, I focus my attention on developing a foundation for IoT development with SAP HCP and its IoT Services.

James Wood

James Wood is the founder and principal consultant of Bowdark Consulting, Inc., an SAP NetWeaver consulting and training organization. With more than 10 years of experience as a software engineer, James specializes in custom development in the areas of ABAP Objects, Java/J2EE, SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, and SAP NetWeaver Portal. Before starting Bowdark Consulting, Inc. in 2006, James was an SAP NetWeaver consultant for SAP America, Inc., and IBM Corporation, where he was involved in multiple SAP implementations. He holds a master’s degree in software engineering from Texas Tech University. He is also the author of Object-Oriented Programming with ABAP Objects (SAP PRESS, 2009), ABAP Cookbook (SAP PRESS, 2010), and SAP NetWeaver Process Integration: A Developer’s Guide (Bowdark Press, 2011). James is also a contributor to Advancing Your ABAP Skills, an anthology that holds a collection of articles recently published in SAP Professional Journal and BI Expert.

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