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What is SAP Leonardo? Everything you need to know about SAP’s Leonardo platform

SAP relaunched its Leonardo platform as a “digital innovation system” in June 2017 at its Sapphire conference in Orlando, marking a shift from what was once considered an IoT platform.

“It’s about taking a business problem, which is specific to one customer, find the elements of that problem which are common across the industry, then defining the elements of a methodology, the technologies used to solve that problem and package those up and make them available as an accelerator for the next customers”.

Mala Anand, who is now President of Leonardo, had said on stage in 2017 that: “Leonardo is about the business, we start with a business problem, we apply our design thinking methodologies to define the desired solution and apply rapid prototyping to prove how we can make the solution a reality quickly.

“This cloud-based application optimises fleet operations by bringing sensor data together with business data to provide a global view of fleet performance for strategic decision making, and a detailed view of each vehicle for real-time operations management,” the vendor says.

Then at the more bespoke level customers can either invite SAP on site or visit a global design centre (the first five are in New York, Paris, Bangalore, Sao Leopoldo and Singapore, with seven more to be added soon, in: Silicon Valley, Berlin, Moscow, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo) for a day of 'design thinking' sessions meant to identify the key use cases customers want to bring Leonardo to, and ending with a working prototype using SAP's Build tool.

Early solutions from the initiative include scenarios for connected shelves and inventories for retailers, derailment prevention for railway operators, and cold chain logistics for pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and medical device industries.

Read next: How BASF prototyped an email categorising bot with SAP Leonardo The problem BASF wanted to solve was the way incoming customer request emails were routed, saving employees time forwarding misrouted emails to the right people in the organisation.

I am not aware of any company on the planet that can offer that connectivity and that comprehensiveness.” Read next: Best cloud IoT platforms So Leonardo sounds like it will be competing with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform or IBM Watson, in that customers can pick and choose which cloud-based technology it wants to leverage to solve a business problem.

Everything will come at a predefined price and our engagement is time-bound, so every customer has an accelerated time-to-value.” Read next: SAP responds to Diageo indirect licensing case with “modern pricing” approach Anand has also said that the more packaged solutions will come at 'a fixed price within a fixed time period”.

When asked what this pricing will look like now that SAP has released its first batch of industry innovation kits Anand said: “We worked really hard on this because we had a lot of feedback from several customers wanting to consume these pre-integrated capabilities it is really important for us to simplify the licensing model, the contract and the pricing, so that is a key differentiator for us as well.” “So it is one contract, one single price and very easy to transact and make it the right subscription model,” she added.

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