Describing the Intelligent Enterprise


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  • Describe the Intelligent Enterprise

The Intelligent Enterprise

SAP Intelligent Asset Management (IAM)

SAP Intelligent Asset Management (IAM) is an integral part of SAP Intelligent Enterprise.

Within SAP Intelligent Asset Management, SAP's network of digital twins synchronizes the virtual, physical, conditional, and commercial definitions of assets and products in real time to accelerate innovation, optimize operating performance conditions, predict service requirements, improve diagnostics, and enhance decision making.

The network of digital twins enables a collaborative end-to-end digital transformation from design to manufacturing through operations, maintenance and service to end of life.

This facilitates:

  • the sharing of digital twin data across all departments.
  • engagement with suppliers, customers, and service providers throughout the lifecycle.
  • new product and service business models.

SAP Intelligent Asset Management supports full digital representation of connected assets along their lifecycle delivering an embedded, collaborative, and real-time set of next generation processes and systems.

There is a tight integration between the cloud-based, the on-premise, and the mobile parts of the portfolio which allows customers the flexibly to set up their business processes.

Traditionally, SAP S/4HANA Asset Management as well as SAP ERP Asset Management are part of the digital core and form the System of Record. This means that these systems collect operational data such as notifications, orders and measurement documents which are produced during the various standard business processes.

In contrast, the cloud-based solutions of SAP Intelligent Asset Management establishes new types of collaboration between asset owners/operators, manufacturers, and service providers and delivers new functionality which moves away from the traditional model of reactive maintenance towards a model of predictive and prescriptive maintenance. Therefore, these solutions are called the System of Innovation.

Both worlds are closely integrated, enabling the customer to always use the latest information for asset models provided by manufacturers, as well as reducing the risk of asset failure by using methods such as risk assessments, optimized maintenance strategies or machine learning to monitor machine health and predict failures.

SAP Intelligent Asset Management consists of a set of cloud-based solutions and is based on SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) - formerly known as: SAP Cloud Platform.

SAP BTP is an enterprise platform as a service that provides comprehensive application development services and capabilities, which lets you build, extend, and integrate business applications in the cloud. SAP BTP is SAP's innovative cloud development and deployment platform. It is supported by multiple cloud infrastructure providers and enables innovative technologies such as the Internet of Things, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data, thereby enabling you to achieve business agility and accelerate digital transformation across your business. SAP BTP facilitates secure integration with on-premise systems that are running software from SAP and other vendors.

SAP BTP is available in many regions around the globe. You can choose between data centers hosted by SAP and those run by our partner Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers: Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Alibaba Cloud, and Google Cloud Platform. Get an overview on the availability of SAP BTP services according to region, infrastructure provider, and release status.

Each region represents the location of a data center, the physical location (for example, Europe, US East) where applications, data, or services are hosted.

SAP Intelligent Asset Management applications are connected to SAP IoT (Internet of Things) which enables the tracking of physical sensors.

Also, Mobile Applications such as SAP Service and Asset Manager can be connected to SAP Intelligent Asset Management.


With SAP S/4HANA, SAP delivers a new product, which is completely based on the in-memory platform SAP HANA. SAP S/4HANA is not an upgrade of the existing Business Suite; it is a new product for which the components have been reprogrammed successively. A radically simplified data model, as well as a new UI technology (SAPUI5 / SAP Fiori) are the most prominent characteristics of SAP S/4HANA.

SAP S/4HANA consists of the following areas:

  • Enterprise Management

  • Asset Management

  • Finance

  • Human Resources

  • Manufacturing

  • R&D and Engineering

  • Sales

  • Sourcing and Procurement

  • Supply Chain

  • Marketing

  • Service

Highlights for SAP S/4HANA

  • Successively renewed coding of all SAP applications based on SAP HANA

  • Radically simplified data model (redundant tables and indices removed)

  • SAP Fiori as new User Experience

  • Substantially reduced data footprint

What is SAP HANA?

SAP HANA is a database, an appliance, and a platform.

First of all, SAP HANA is a hybrid in-memory database, which combines row-based, column-based, and object-based database technology. SAP HANA can use the parallel processing functions of modern multi-core CPU architectures. SAP applications can use the advantages of current hardware technology, by using this architecture.

Furthermore, SAP HANA is a flexible, data-source-agnostic appliance (an appliance is a combination of hardware and software), which provides the possibility for customers to analyze large amounts of data of SAP and non-SAP systems in real time. The requirement to materialize transformations is therefore no longer necessary. SAP HANA appliance software is a combination of hardware and software, which integrates a number of SAP components, including the SAP HANA database and various data replication systems.

SAP HANA is also an application framework, and a development environment — with the possibility to develop native SAP HANA applications. SAP HANA is the platform for all cloud-based SAP applications, and for the latest SAP product S/4HANA.

The functionality of SAP HANA is as follows:

  • Optimized data storage for column-based storage.

  • Optimized data compression is, therefore, possible.

  • Partitioning and distribution on various processor cores.

  • Shifting of data-intensive calculations, from application to database.

  • Processing of geo-specific data/geo-specific data types are supported.

  • Text analysis and full text search is supported.

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