What is SAP Leonardo Technologies – A quick introduction to the Intelligent Enterprise of the future
Named after the Italian polymath, Leonardo da Vinci, SAP Leonardo was launched in 2017 to rival vendors like IBM Watson and Microsoft Azure in the digital transformation space. SAP Leonardo functions as the brand name for a set of emerging technologies – Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, Data Intelligence, Analytics, and the Internet of Things all built on top of the open Platform-as-a-Service, SAP Cloud Platform.
|Visibility – By collecting and connecting siloed information, customers discover the ability to recognize unseen patterns||Through process automation free-up employee time to do more meaningful work|
|Focus – Direct scarce resources to areas where you can achieve maximum impact by simulating the impact of potential options||Provide great customer experiences by proactively responding to end-customer needs|
|Agility – Respond faster to industry changes and shift business processes geared to achieving the right customer outcomes||Generate new business models by monetizing data-driven capabilities and applying core competencies in new ways|
How can an organization consume SAP Leonardo Technologies?
There are three ways through which an organization can consider adoption of SAP Leonardo technologies:
- Emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, Data Intelligence, Analytics, and the Internet of Things are directly embedded through the entire SAP portfolio of solutions from S/4HANA, C/4HANA, SuccessFactors, Ariba etc.
- Utilize industry innovation kits – In Sapphire 2018, SAP released 23 Leonardo-based industry kits for various use cases across retail, manufacturing, manufacturing, automotive and life sciences.
- The third option is through open innovation where customers can invite SAP on-site or visit a global design center for SAP Leonardo design thinking sessions. This is to identify the use cases customers want to bring Leonardo into and develop a prototype with SAP Build tool.
How can business transform into an Intelligent Enterprise?
SAP brings its experience of over 46 years and across 25 industries to identify common elements of a problem across different industries, devise a methodology and technologies used to solve that problem, package it and present them as accelerators to customers. Pat Bakey, President of SAP Industries has described Leonardo as “our way of packaging innovation”.
To deliver on SAP’s vision of an intelligent enterprise that runs on generating intelligent insights, there are three components: Intelligent Suite, Digital Platform and Intelligent Technologies.
Intelligent suite – SAP offers clients a set of intelligent applications that enables a business to automate its day-to-day activities. This creates opportunities for better interaction with customers, suppliers, and employees.
Digital Platform – Through the SAP Cloud Platform and HANA Data Management Suite, data can be collected and connected and also pave way for integration and extension of processes within the intelligent suite.
Intelligent Technologies – Here, all the emerging technologies under SAP Leonardo enters the picture. SAP Leonardo supports the intelligent enterprise with intelligent technologies to drive better outcomes. In short, it functions as a virtual cycle. Business actions executed with the intelligent suite generate data with which intelligence is built which in turn can be embedded in business processes. All the data from business processes is combined with external data in the digital platform where intelligent technologies can be applied to garner much better insights. New insights can again be embedded back to the intelligent suite for process automation and improved decision-making.