The intelligence enterprise concept became SAP’s co-founder Hasso Platter’s topic of discussion during his keynote speech at the 2018 Sapphire conference recently held in Orlando, Florida. He and other leaders at the company including Robert Enslin, the cloud business group SAP’s president, asserted that intelligent enterprise is not a service that clients can simply order of a list of prices. On the contrary, it entails the way they want to express SAP’s objective to raise its critical offer of financial materials and applications resource planning into one that allows the digital transformation of organizations and companies.
For the last eight years, SAP has put Hana, its in-memory, columnar database, at the center of its provision to customers. That grew to S/4 Hana, which is the supplier’s enterprise resources planning (ERP) in February 2015 and this year’s C/4 Hana, an umbrella terminology that encompasses SAP’s customer relationship management (CRM) services and products.
Last year, SAP unveiled Leonardo, a digital toolbox, which comprises the supplier’s Internet of things activities, blockchain services, and machine learning efforts. During the Sapphire 2018 conference, SAP announced several products and partnerships intended to help businesses become extra intelligent with better capabilities from cutting-edge technologies like conversational AI, analytics, and blockchain.
The senior VP of machine learning at SAP, Markus Noga, said that the company’s strategy is aimed at its traditional abilities not only in enterprise software but also in taking an ethical approach. He also asserted that the journey had been an exciting roller-coaster ride with obligations. Noga also pinpointed two categories that SAP should do away with including the category of things they ought not to be doing, which do not align with their values. The other group comprises of things that are outside the supplier’s priority or capacity.
According to Noga, SAP’s unique strategy relating to machine learning is made by a guiding vision of the intelligent enterprise. He added that the supplier intends to make enterprise software both autonomous and self-driving, especially in areas where repetitive tasks are automated as well as where it is simpler for humans to consume since they communicate with it through natural language.
SAP Cloud Platform
During the Sapphire conference, SAP announced that its SAP Cloud Platform (SCP) is currently available on Microsoft Azure in conjunction with Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform. The supplier looks forward to releasing the SCP private edition on IBM Cloud in terms of a private cloud deployment. This service intended for customers in regulated industries like transport, healthcare, and banking as well as those involved in managing critical data.
Elements of Machine Learning
SAP unveiled various elements of the SAP ML product set at the Sapphire conference including:
SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation, which enables customers to create individual applications. It has five new services such as text classification, text recognition in images and object detection.
SAP Conversational AI, which helps companies in developing chatbots that can be incorporated with both non-SAP and SAP systems.
SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain as a service, which allows businesses to create and expand enterprise systems through blockchain technologies such as MultiChain.