TechEd: Customers and partners link up in SAP blockchain initiative

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Companies including Capgemini, Deloitte, GrainCorp, HCL Technologies, HERE Technologies, Moog Inc, Natura Cosmeticos, NetApp and PeerNova, will collaborate with SAP on the company’s blockchain co-innovation initiative.

SAP plans to make the digital ledger system an integrated part of Internet of Things (IoT), manufacturing and digital supply chain solutions, and will work with customers and partners to validate use cases and business models for blockchain usage.

The SAP Leonardo Blockchain Co-Innovation program will explore applications including registering events to blockchain from product inception and design to manufacturing and logistics phases for product track and trace. The program also addresses parts serialisation and order validation for inventory management, as well as product providence and authenticity. The vendor is also exploring digital supply chain scenarios which would enable different suppliers to submit offers directly to blockchain to improve effectiveness across their business networks.

“In the digital economy, an iterative, fast-paced approach in close collaboration with our customers and partners is imperative,” said Dr Juergen Mueller, chief innovation officer, SAP. “With the blockchain service as part of the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system we are enabling an open collaboration around distributed business processes in peer-to-peer networks.”

SAP has also opened registrations for the SAP Leonardo Blockchain Early Access program, allow participants to get their hands on standard SAP products enhanced and augmented with blockchain functionality. Customers and partners can register until early Q1 2018, with more information available at SAP’s blockchain website.

With this program, SAP is particularly targeting industries such as automotive, aerospace and defence, discrete manufacturing and utilities.

“At Moog, we can see that distributed ledger technology will be a key enabler for more digital, connected and leaner workflows within the industrial, medical and aerospace businesses,” said George Small, chief technology officer, Moog Inc.

“We believe that shared, distributed legers are all about collaboration and openness. Our collaboration with SAP will accelerate the development of distributed ledger tools and infrastructure needed to realize our vision of the future.”

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