Internet of Things

Understanding the Complex Intersection Between Industrial IoT and SAP

The Internet of Things is one of the most perplexing developments in modern history. I recall reading speculation about it over 20 years ago, although the term itself had not been coined yet. For the past five years, it has finally come to life. The number of IoT devices grew by 30 percent between 2015 and 2016. According to a report by Gartner, over 8.4 billion devices were connected to …

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SAP Leonardo Internet of Things: Business Outcomes in a Connected World

Note: This is an extract from the SAP Leonardo IoT whitepaper From the Internet of Things to Digital Transformation The Internet of Things (IoT) is often mentioned as a key enabler of digital transformation. The notion of embedding sensors in machines with connectivity to transmit data has evolved over the past decades. More recently, the cost of sensors and power consumption have dropped, while connectivity has grown ubiquitous and Internet protocols …

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IoT or Die: How Manufacturers Rethink Their Operations

Manufacturing is one of the most progressive niches when it comes to optimizing processes, cutting costs and introducing new technologies. Decades ago, the most significant cost-saving opportunity was labor. That’s why so many manufacturers moved their factories to China and took advantage of cheap labor costs and the inviting policies of the Chinese government. However, that’s no longer the reality. China’s average wage is slowly rising, and there’s a limit …

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IoT of Inequality: How NOT to Deal with the Topic of Digitalization

Once a shepherd had two horses. One was strong and fast, another one was slow and weak. The shepherd instead of looking after the weak one and trying to make him fit, he preferred riding the healthy one and taking him almost everywhere. He also fed him better which in long-term led the healthy horse to become heavy and feel lethargic all the time. Later the healthy one became sick …

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IoT and the advent of distributed ERP

We have seen technology evolve from centralized computing in the mainframe era of the 70s to decentralized computing in the client-server era of the 80s/90s and are currently witnessing a movement back to the concept of centralization with the advent of cloud computing. While we’re yet to see full adoption of the cloud, I believe we’re already beginning to move towards decentralization yet again albeit in conjunction with cloud. There …

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How to Secure IoT

Generally speaking, an IoT device is an object connected to the Internet. These things are ubiquitous nowadays. Wi-Fi routers, smart TVs, smart locks and online-accessible fridges are all examples of IoT devices that are literally all around us. IoT security challenges The Internet of Things started getting out of hand in 2016. The notorious Mirai botnet was used to launch one of the most powerful DDoS attacks to date. This …

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5 ways to overcome IoT security challenges

The promise, benefits, and value of the Internet of Things have been documented extensively, but with it also comes a whole host of concerns about IoT security. There have been a number of widely publicized IoT attacks that can easily leave the impression that the Internet of Things is deeply insecure. What is often not mentioned is that many of these attacks originated in failures to implement even the most …

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IoT or Die: How Manufacturers Rethink Their Operations

Manufacturing is one of the most progressive niches when it comes to optimizing processes, cutting costs and introducing new technologies. Decades ago, the most significant cost-saving opportunity was labor. That’s why so many manufacturers moved their factories to China and took advantage of cheap labor costs and the inviting policies of the Chinese government. However, that’s no longer the reality. China’s average wage is slowly rising, and there’s a limit …

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SAP Leonardo Internet of Things: Business Outcomes in a Connected World

Note: This is an extract from the SAP Leonardo IoT whitepaper From the Internet of Things to Digital Transformation The Internet of Things (IoT) is often mentioned as a key enabler of digital transformation. The notion of embedding sensors in machines with connectivity to transmit data has evolved over the past decades. More recently, the cost of sensors and power consumption have dropped, while connectivity has grown ubiquitous and Internet protocols …

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