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Information collection 'allowing for innovation'

New innovations based on internet of things coming to the fore, says SAP CTO

Information collection 'allowing for innovation'
Khan: If you have a runtime platform that's conducive to these types of solutions, it's much easier to innovate

The intelligent collection of information in the Middle East is allowing for new types of innovation that leverage Internet of Things (IoT)-like technologies, according to Irfan Khan, CTO at SAP.

Speaking to ITP.net at this week's Internet of Things Expo (IoTX) in Dubai, Khan said that organisations in the Middle East are now viewing next-gen technological trends like the IoT as drivers for competitive advantage. He added that SAP has already seen some verticals innovating with these emerging technologies.

"Take, for example, horse racing. This is the capital of the world in terms of horse racing, and lots of innovation goes on in this region, in terms of the health of the horses, the way of looking at investments in the right type of culture to drive innovation around solutions that can be helpful for that industry," he said.

"All the way through to property, and speculating in terms of where big developments should happen, and what types of developments should happen. All of this is possible now because people are embracing the technology and the infrastructure that is being laid is really much more conducive to that happening."

In terms of SAP's participation at IoTX, Khan said that the vendor was looking to establish its credentials as a platform provider for innovations that utilise IoT technologies. He said that, with the vendor's HANA in-memory computing platform, businesses could glean greater value from connected sensors and the information that they return back to the business.

"By doing end-to-end processing on big data, it entitles us to be able to do IoT-type solutions because we manage the entire end-to-end lifecycle of the data," he explained.

"The big investment that we've really made over the last six years is establishing a world-class innovation platform, it's an in-memory computing platform called HANA. That really gives us the foundations of being able to build these solutions. The idea really is that, if you have a runtime platform that's conducive to these types of solutions, it's much easier to innovate."

Khan added that, from what he had so far seen, "innovation is rife" across the Middle East, and that SAP would work hand-in-hand with organisations to create more innovation.

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