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Is SAP Leonardo Right for Your Company?

Industry 4.0, SAP Leonardo

Is SAP Leonardo Right for Your Company?

NIMBL | Mar 01, 2019

Taking its name from history’s most brilliant innovators and inventors, SAP Leonardo aims to provide the same amount of innovation and excellence. So, what is SAP Leonardo all about?

First thing's first, it isn’t exactly “software” in the traditional sense. SAP Leonardo is a fully-equipped, constantly evolving digital innovation system which builds a bridge between SAP users and emerging technologies that change how organizations use data and develop applications. These technologies include Machine Learning, Big Data, Data Intelligence and Analytics, Internet of Things, and Blockchain. SAP Leonardo is also based on design thinking; a methodology that uses design sensibility in solutions to balance between what is both technologically feasible and viable within a business strategy. More than a “thing”, SAP Leonardo is an approach that gives you the keys to the kingdom of innovation.

Watching a presentation on SAP Leonardo can be both fascinating and overwhelming. One big question on the minds of many business leaders is “What can SAP Leonardo do for my company?”. The short answer is “a whole lot”. However, the real question you should be asking is “When is SAP Leonardo right for my company?”. The truth is that SAP Leonardo isn’t applicable for every business scenario; at least not yet. SAP Leonardo takes one client’s pain point and finds the common elements of that pain point across an industry. The elements of this methodology are then defined along with the technologies that can solve the problem. The solution is then packaged and made available to the rest of customers as an accelerator pack. In short, SAP Leonardo is a offering that creates packaged solutions for many different cases called Accelerator Packs. Let's explore some of those use cases where SAP Leonardo would be applicable and how this approach can improve your business:

SAP Partners and Users

Organizations that are already using SAP products such as SAP Cloud Platform or SAP S/4HANA are the ones most ready to integrate SAP Leonardo innovation into their business. In fact, they may already be using some features that are essential to SAP Leonardo, such as predictive analytics or big data. For example, a transportation logistics company that uses SAP S/4HANA Cloud as their ERP system and SAP Cloud Platform to run their business applications is a prime candidate to integrate SAP Leonardo’s Internet of Things capabilities to arm their freight trucks with sensors that can measure performance for fuel and tires. This can help them determine precisely when maintenance and refueling is needed and when paired that with SAP Cloud Platform’s Big Data Service to house and analyze recollected data over time, pair that with data on their routes, and get insights into how to make their trucks use fuel more efficiently.

This is simply an example to illustrate how SAP users can build an interconnected web of SAP products and services to find innovative solutions that create unique competitive advantages.

Industrial, Agro, and Chemical

In most businesses where scientists play a key role, SAP Leonardo’s design thinking methodology is used to create unique opportunities. Manufactural supply chains, factories, chemical processing plants, and agricultural farms are industries that can benefit from digital innovation. For example, an industrial wheat farm can use SAP Leonardo’s Industry Innovation kits to collect, analyze, and interpret data from their soil, crops, and harvests. They can then use capabilities such as Big Data and Machine Learning to find ways to reduce the amount of pesticides they use and use water more efficiently; design thinking applied methodology can additionally help them translate that into a consumer benefit.

Connected Goods

SAP Leonardo is great for Consumer Packaged Goods Companies that produce goods which need to be delivered to the consumers under specific conditions. With SAP Leonardo, these companies can monitor their product from factory to vending point, ensuring their products are always kept under the necessary conditions to ensure high-quality. Beverage companies that have their own refrigerators for products and vending points can use IoT technology to receive constant data from their fridges to guarantee a controlled temperature, make necessary adjustments, and ensure the refrigerator is always stocked with the right product.

Public Sector and Utilities

Public sector, Utilities, and other government organizations aren’t meant to produce revenue, but they can always find ways to be more efficient and reduce their costs for public benefit. Data quality is significantly improved across all assets in a utilities company through SAP Leonardo. Machine Learning and Big Data capabilities can help them accurately analyze data from gas pipes or electrical cables to help them reduce maintenance costs, rethink their established rules for problem-solving, and plan projects more efficiently. Improved resource management using predictive analytics can help city administrators prevent flooding, power outages, and structural hazards.

Limitless Possibilities in Entertainment Industry

While most people certainly enjoy the excitement of watching a game, as spectators we seldom think about the complexity of sports as a business. Sports franchises have a lot to think about: scouting, player health and performance, stadium conditions, merchandise, and public relations. But one factor that overflows in sports is statistics. SAP Leonardo’s accelerator pack for the Sports and Entertainment is designed for innovative data use in sports management; companies that provide services for sports clubs can also benefit. For example, a single game provides statistics on the players as well as the fans at the stadium. Sports clubs can use playing stats over several games or seasons to predict the future value of one of their star players, while also drawing parallels between fan engagement and that player’s performance. Insights drawn from historic data can influence the direction of a club’s marketing strategy as well as a major decision on the sale or purchase of a player.


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Written by NIMBL