1/20/2021 by Ragavendiran Kulothungan Shakila Posted in SAP

Man typingMachine Learning (ML) is a technology-focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) that equips computers to learn from and interpret data about how to perform tasks.

Machine learning uses advanced algorithms to learn from vast amounts of data. The more data the algorithms access, the more they learn about it.

But how? To analyze the available data and recognize patterns, computers are exposed to the data, adapt from the data, and learn from earlier computations. The pattern recognition includes the study and automation of data using various ML algorithms.

As machines are empowered to learn by themselves, they can make predictions and improve algorithms as well. For example, it helps to recognize spam, and almost all internet security and antivirus software use these techniques to filter out new threats.

With this growing experience, algorithms for Machine Learning enhance efficiency. Machine learning as a technology has reached great heights and is widely used in today’s world. 

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The Evolution of Machine Learning

Machine Learning has greatly evolved since its inception. Initially, it gained momentum because of its pattern recognition, but today Machine Learning can apply complicated mathematical calculations at a much faster rate, thus making it far more valuable. Most of the personalized recommendations we receive are all based on Machine learning.

For example, route suggestions in Google Maps, product recommendation on Amazon, video suggestions on Netflix, YouTube, Hulu - and that is just scratching the surface of its capabilities.

We are now in the era of Machine Learning where machines are left alone to solve problems by identifying patterns. Analyzing patterns and trends makes it easy to proactively prevent problems.

SAP, The ERP giant, started using Machine Learning capabilities in several of its products. SAP has developed various products with built-in ML functionalities for industries working with large amounts of data, such as health care, retail, oil & gas, financial services, government, transportation, life science, government, and so on.

With Machine learning, organizations can work efficiently and sustainably in the market, rising above competitors. Some of the SAP products that utilize Machine Learning algorithms are listed below:

  • SAP CoPilot
  • SAP Leonardo
  • SAP HANA Spatial Services
  • SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation
  • SAP Predictive Analysis



1. SAP CoPilot

As stated, SAP uses Machine Learning capabilities in several products. SAP adds smart functionality (such as ML) to its cloud-based resource planning (ERP) solution — S/4HANA Cloud — as it aims to help customers simplify processes and respond more quickly to the knowledge found in their core systems. Machine Learning allows end-users to focus on more strategic tasks.

SAP CoPilot, the digital assistant, and bot integration hub for the organization has a twofold objective: to provide business users with a fun, personalized experience, and smartly structured work data to boost results.

Machine talk is an effective way to communicate with machines and is a strong indicator that we're at an exciting and ever-changing stage in our lives, too. With SAP CoPilot, we can interact using natural language with business applications. This makes for a humanized, conversational experience with SAP applications such as SAP S/4HANA and SAP SuccessFactors (more to come later), as well as non-SAP applications.

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2. SAP Leonardo

SAP Leonardo is a digital innovation infrastructure integrating technology and services in a single smart network. It helps businesses confidently evolve and redefine their industry on a wide-scale level.

SAP Leonardo is a cloud-based application that offers a broad data repository for storing and retrieving structured data in in-memory databases such as SAP HANA. Implementation application services such as IoT, Machine Learning, Analytics, Big Data, Design Thinking, Blockchain, and Digital Intelligence makes it easy to integrate SAP Leonardo with any on-premise or cloud-based application.

As a cloud-based solution that includes massive CPUs / GPUs and provides state-of-the-art speed and reliability, it acts as a "pay-as-you-go" system, ensuring that all companies can now incorporate Machine Learning into their company without having to pay a hefty sum for new computer systems.

SAP Leonardo Machine Learning also comes with pre-trained routines that can be easily used by non-data scientists or adapted (re-trained) to suit a business case.


3. SAP HANA Spatial Services

SAP HANA Spatial Services is another service from SAP that offers location-based solutions. It helps in building spatial business applications with optimized spatial processing and easily integrates with Machine Learning.

SAP HANA spatial services offer fast innovation by integrating with existing geospatial systems and enterprise technologies.

SAP’s geographical enablement framework improves decision making with streamlined processing of spatial and operational business data.

SAP HANA spatial service provides a “ready-to-use” service to access harmonized geographical data and tailor business use cases.


4. SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) accelerates the digital transformation of business processes by automatically replicating routine activities that have no added value.

SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation is a complete automation suite where software robots are programmed to imitate humans by replacing manual clicks, reading text-intensive communications, or offering end-user process recommendations for definable and repeatable business processes.

SAP provides numerous Robotic Process Automation platforms, including desktop agents, cloud foundry, and desktop lab.

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5. SAP Predictive Analysis

The Machine Learning capabilities of SAP Predictive Analysis analyzes historical and external data to find patterns and behaviors.

By analyzing large amounts of operational machine data in correlation with business data, it provides new insights into the history and trends of products, machines, and systems.

The SAP Predictive Analysis and service solution helps to better predict, plan maintenance, and repair work to significantly reduce planned and unplanned downtime.

With SAP Predictive Analytics, business owners can extract trends, predict outcomes, and prepare for what’s to come. Expert Analytics helps to create predictive models to find hidden insights and relationships in results.

It enables the analysis of data using various visualization techniques and provides a variety of predictive algorithms to predict future business decisions.


The Future of SAP Machine Learning

Machine Learning allows for a more accurate analysis of patterns and trends, providing solutions that are more accurate, with less human involvement.

Machine Learning is reliable and trustworthy, essentially eliminating the possibility of human error. The discussion of the future of work and machines is a topic for another blog, and while we’re not implying that humans will be replaced, there will definitely be tasks that will be replaced with the rapid development of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence technologies.

Machine learning will continue to alleviate repetitive tasks and reduce the need for human involvement in those areas.

Machine Learning has already laid the foundation in many AI innovations and it will further widen its reach in all the applications that we use in day to day life.

The future of Machine Learning is expansive and exciting, and we’ve only scratched the surface.

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Ragav, a certified SAP Professional has more than 5 years of experience in SAP Basis module. He has technical expertise in SAP S/4HANA implementation and conversion, SAP HANA, SAP Fiori, Suite on HANA migration, and OS/DB Migration. In his career, he has worked in many challenging projects. His goal is to revolutionize the world by digitization with the latest SAP technologies that would change the way end-users use the SAP systems. Certifications: SAP Activate Project Manager, SAP S/4HANA Conversion and SAP System Upgrade, SAP HANA 2.0, SAP Fiori System Administration, OS / DB Migration for SAP NetWeaver 7.52
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