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Geospatial Bringing New Insight, New Meaning, New Data to the C Suite – Matthew Zenus, SAP

Technology is touching everything now. Sensors are integrated in to all our devices. All these devices are producing data, and spatial information can be unlocked to produce incredible insight. The themes we see driving this are: faster decision making by leaders, better consumer experience and more accurate predictions.

The solutions available now provide comprehensive functionality. Consumers of geospatial information ask about technological possibilities, and the response typically confirms that the right combination of solutions makes it possible today. With the right combination of data and tools, use cases that will redefine the geospatial industry are already possible.
At SAP, we are working closely with our customers to understand what business enablement is important to them. We are leveraging internal development and external partnerships to provide a comprehensive solution to the challenges and opportunities that our customers face now and in the future. In addition, SAP has a visionary approach to produce solutions, which make our customers more competitive and agile in their decision-making processes. We look forward to developing a technology platform, which can unify systems and data sources, provide governance, and remove the limitation created by silos of data.

Integration is necessary

The geospatial industry is providing new insight, new meaning and new data to the C suite. It is helping them to make better decisions than ever before. SAP is currently leveraging partnerships and internal development teams to quickly respond to customer needs. As the business software organization that processes the majority of the world’s financial transactions, SAP is in a unique position to create just in time functionality that is innovative.

A digital copy of the ever-changing world is becoming the source for new decision-making and geolocation intelligence. SAP customers that are embracing the next wave of geospatial functionality are clearly achieving next level competitive positions. They use additional insight to pull ahead and define next generation best practices. The top global companies trust SAP for guidance to navigate a technology avalanche.

Future lies in AI and machine learning

AI and machine learning have the potential to change industries. For instance, HANA spatial services is a geospatial processing technology that leverages Machine Learning to produce insight directly related to business or industry models.

There is a lot of opportunity in the processing of spatial imagery, coming from satellites, drones, even stationary cameras. Machine Learning can be used to identify objects and detect anomalies in these images. Combined with artificial intelligence, thousands of decisions and predictions can be made from images taken at different points of time.
SAP is a provider of many cutting-edge technologies that enhance current geospatial solutions. 0-20% of its development time is focused on enabling innovation and research projects to extend geospatial functionality. Some examples of our focus topics are Geo-ML, Graph-ML, Advanced Analytics, Drones, and multi-dimensional data analysis as well as scaling, partition and compression.

The next big thing for the geospatial industry is to use the technologies more effectively for achieving sustainable development. Earth observation technologies, which can provide automatic analysis of the changing environments can be pivotal for sustainable living. Smarter farming, agribusiness practices, and production of food sources as well as environmental impacts of industrial production can all be viewed real time, using such technologies. HANA spatial services is a solution that can provide insight on this topic today. It can be used to analyze changes on the earth and thus minimize impact.

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