CeBIT 2016: SAP partners with Vodafone on IoT, HANA Vora generally available

This week at CeBIT 2016, held in Hannover, Germany, SAP SE revealed the Internet of Things (IoT) foundation bundle for SAP HANA, featuring device connectivity management capability from Vodafone.

The inclusion is the product of an agreement between SAP and Vodafone, to collaborate on customer projects in all markets they jointly serve. According to a statement by SAP, the collaboration aims to “allow enterprises to connect and manage devices using Vodafone’s IoT connectivity platform and to collect and move data from the devices into the SAP HANA platform to support predictive maintenance as well as other use cases.

The new IoT foundation for SAP HANA integrates device connectivity management from Vodafone to help aggregate data from SIM-based IoT devices’ status, usage, rate plans and billing, providing an integrated dashboard enabling SAP customers to easily manage global IoT deployments.

By combining device connectivity management capabilities from Vodafone with IoT applications, the IoT foundation for SAP HANA can help simplify the process of acquiring and managing regional and/or global wireless services that interoperate with SAP solutions for the IoT.

Vodafone Internet of Things director Erik Brenneis said: “The success of the IoT market is going to be built on partnerships. Working with SAP and bringing our joint expertise to customers will enable them to benefit from the IoT quickly and easily.”

At the CeBIT event, SAP also announced the general availability of SAP HANA Vora – an in-memory query engine providing contextual analytics across all data stored in Hadoop, enterprise systems and other distributed data sources.

To facilitate distributed data processing across enterprise and Hadoop data, SAP has contributed part of the code for SAP HANA Vora to the Apache Spark open source ecosystem.

US-based CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric will become one of the first organisations to implement SAP HANA Vora alongside the SAP HANA platform, to bring together its highly distributed enterprise data framework.

“Our initial analysis proved that SAP HANA paired with SAP HANA Vora is the right solution for us moving forward operationally, while allowing for innovation around our Internet of Things and predictive analytics initiatives,” said Gary Hayes, CIO and SVP of CenterPoint Energy. “With the help of SAP, we are transforming to a ‘live’ digital enterprise to better serve customers.”

A recent report from Forrester, ‘The Forrester Wave: Big Data Hadoop Distributions, Q1 2016’, stated that on average, between 60 per cent and 73 per cent of all data within an enterprise currently goes unused for business intelligence and analytics.

According to SAP, HANA Vora aims to address key big data challenges by providing data correlation for making precise contextual decisions, simplified management of big data, and online analytical processing (OLAP) modelling capabilities on Hadoop data. It is targeted at customers in industries such as financial services, telecommunications, utilities, healthcare and manufacturing.

“As organisations begin their journey toward becoming smarter digital enterprises, the natural starting point and enabler is their core in-memory technology platform,” said Greg McStravick, general manager and global head of platform GTM, SAP.

“With SAP HANA and SAP HANA Vora, customers can turn massive amounts of Big Data into business context. We are pleased to work with companies like CenterPoint Energy who value the customer service enhancements that a single, end-to-end digital enterprise platform linking corporate data, social sentiment and other data such as weather patterns can provide.”

Big data players such as Cloudera, Databricks, Hortonworks and MapR Technologies are among SAP’s existing partners who plan to support SAP HANA Vora.

“With more customers running Spark in production than any other Hadoop vendor, Cloudera is well positioned to support SAP HANA Vora users who are looking to extract analytical insights that can only be derived by looking across operational data and big data. We believe [SAP] HANA Vora will enable SAP customers to execute Big Data workloads more easily and at a far faster rate than ever before,” said Tim Stevens, vice president of business and corporate development, Cloudera.