Zebra Technologies Announces Partnership With SAP

Contributor: Simon Barton
Posted: 03/23/2016
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Zebra Technologies Corporation, a global leader in solutions and services that provide real-time visibility into organisations' assets, people and transactions, recently announced that it has partnered with SAP to offer connectivity between Zebra's Zatar Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud Service and SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

The connectivity between the two cloud-based solutions was built by ThingTheNet GmbH, a partner of both companies in Germany, and the resulting connector is now available at store.sap.com.

The connector enables enterprise customers to integrate sensor data from IoT devices with the unique SAP® in-memory database and business applications to better manage physical assets linked to the IoT and obtain real-time operational intelligence. As a result, companies, particularly those in the healthcare, manufacturing, retail and transportation & logistics (T&L) industries, can accelerate the development of IoT products and applications.

Here are the key facts about the release:

-          Connectivity between the two solutions will allow companies to pair up heterogeneous devices and applications throughout the enterprise, facilitating device-to-cloud communication and business process automation.

-          The connectivity will also support enterprise customers in connecting physical assets and inventory with an intelligent digital dashboard so employees can remotely monitor and control the movement of assets according to strategic, real-time business decisions.

-          The offering gives developers a ready-to-use solution and set of integrated tools to create open-standard IoT applications to drive SAP line-of-business applications.

-          Zatar is the first standard-based and ARM mbed-enabled IoT Cloud Service that helps accelerate the adoption of IoT products.

-          Zebra and SAP channel partners can work together now on the IoT Solution Architecture for end-user customers leveraging Zatar and SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

This is what the enterprise leaders involved had to say:

Tom Bianculli, vice president, Enterprise Technology Office, Zebra Technologies

"Given the potential business value afforded by operational visibility, companies are racing to link assets and inventory to the IoT. By connecting Zatar to SAP HANA Cloud Platform, we are enabling companies to connect devices and sensors to the IoT in a way that can be utilized in real time and mined for data and insights. This helps organizations quickly roll out IoT deployments in a way that offers greater visibility and control."

Thorsten Leiduck, global vice president, ISV Ecosystem, SAP

"We are excited about our agreement to connect these two powerful platforms in what we expect to be a beneficial solution for companies venturing into the IoT. Enterprises in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, retail and T&L should be able to realize enormous value from harnessing sensor data and connected devices in the IoT, so long as they also have the insight and analytics to make informed business decisions."