How the Internet of Things and Smart Services Will Change Society

Join this free openSAP course and learn how the Internet of Things will forever change our personal and professional lives. By 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices communicating through the Internet. Devices can range from connected coffee makers, cars, or sensors on cattle to connected machines in a production plant.

This course was retired in October 2022.

Self-paced since May 6, 2015
Language: English

Course information

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This course was retired in October 2022.

Course Summary

The Internet of Things will forever change our personal and professional lives. By 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices communicating through the Internet. Devices can range from connected coffee makers, cars, or sensors on cattle to connected machines in a production plant. These devices provide data that offers new insights, and as they talk to each other, they develop their own intelligence and can advise customers about optimal ways to put them to use. This will revolutionize consumer habits and the way we do business.

For this openSAP course, we have invited two of the leading experts in the field, Henning Kagermann and Bernd Leukert. They will share their views on the Internet of Things, how it will change society and transform businesses, as well as discuss which enabling technologies are instrumental for making use of the Internet of Things, and the challenges and opportunities that lie before us.

This course is aimed at anyone interested in learning about the Internet of Things. You don’t need to have any technical knowledge as everything is explained easily and informally.

After completing the course, you will be able to explain key terms and trends around the Internet of Things. You will have an understanding of the potential and value of the Internet of Things and Smart Services, and you will understand the opportunities and benefits for society, companies, and consumers.

This is a special edition openSAP course; your total learning time will be just two to three hours. The course is broken down into eight units consisting of one video per unit, with self-tests for you to complete after each section. Your results will not be saved; they are just for your personal use. At the end of the course, there is a course assignment. If you complete the course assignment successfully, you will receive a record of achievement.

The online discussion forum will be available for you to collaborate with other learners and SAP experts. The forum will be monitored from March 25 to May 5. After this time, you can still access the course content, but you will not be able to reply to or create new discussions within the forum. You do not need to complete the course in one sitting. Feel free to dip in whenever you have a few minutes to spare and complete the next unit to learn about how the Internet of Things will change our lives.

Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: March 25, 2015, 09:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: The course is open for 6 weeks
  • Effort: 2-3 hours in total
  • Course assignment: You can take the course assignment at any time whilst the course is open.
  • Course closure: May 5, 2015
  • Course language: English
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Target Audience

Anyone interested in the Internet of Things; no technical SAP background required

Course Content

Part 1: Societal Perspective (Interview with Henning Kagermann):

  • Unit 1: Key Trends and Terms – the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0
  • Unit 2: Smart Services
  • Unit 3: Effects on Society
  • Unit 4: Challenges and Opportunities for Society

Part 2: Business Perspective (Interview with Bernd Leukert):

  • Unit 5: Key Trends and Terms – Digital Transformation and Business
  • Unit 6: Smart Software for Smart Services
  • Unit 7: Enabling Technologies
  • Unit 8: Challenges and Opportunities for Business

Course assignment

Development Systems

No development systems required.

About the Speakers

Henning Kagermann

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Henning Kagermann holds a post-doctoral thesis in physics. The former CEO of SAP AG has been President of acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering since 2009. The acatech Academy, which receives funding from central and regional government, provides independent, science-based advice in the public interest to policymakers and civil society. It advocates sustainable growth through innovation.

Mr Kagermann was appointed Chairman of the German National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE) when it was established in 2010. Since then, he has chaired the Platform’s Steering Committee together with the respective State Secretaries of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.

As spokesperson of the Communication Promoters Group of the Industry-Science Research Alliance and chair of the Steering Committee of the Innovation Dialogue between the German government and the scientific and business communities, Henning Kagermann plays a key role in the promotion of strategic initiatives such as Industry 4.0 and web-based service innovations.

Bernd Leukert

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Bernd Leukert is a member of the Executive Board and the Global Managing Board of SAP SE with global responsibility for development and delivery of all products across SAP’s product portfolio. This includes the entire technological foundation of all of SAP’s products as well as any application development for the lines of business. In addition, Bernd heads strategic innovation initiatives at SAP, driving the development of new growth opportunities for SAP together with the Go-to-Market organization. He is also responsible for leading the design and end-user experience for SAP.


Charlotte Otter

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Charlotte Otter is a Senior Director of Executive Communications at SAP. She has extensive experience managing strategic and executive communications across multiple industries. A former journalist, she believes that storytelling can be a powerful tool to drive business results. South African by birth, Charlotte has lived and worked in South Africa, the UK and in Germany. She is the author of the crime novel, Balthasar’s Gift, and is currently writing a second novel.

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    The course explores the societal and the business perspective of the Internet of Things. It covers key terms and trends, effects, and challenges and opportunities, and provides examples.
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Course End
May 06, 2015
Course Start
Mar 25, 2015

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.