The Internet of Things IoT Heroes show with Tom Raftery

Tom Raftery, VP and Global Internet of Things Evangelist for SAP, hosts the IoT Heroes Show where he discusses the latest trends in the Internet of Things, and Digital Transformation with industry experts to discern where the technologies are headed.
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Apr 19, 2017

I had a great chat today with SAP's Stephan Gatien. Stephan is General Manager of the Telecoms Business at SAP and I met him World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year where we talked about IoT and where telcos fit into the complex ecosystem that is the IoT.

I invited him to come on the show to expand on that conversation, and we discussed how telcos are hoping to move up the value stack, what that means for their partners, competitors, and customers, and how the future looks for all parties in this complex ecosystem

Mar 26, 2017

I had a great chat with Rick Bullotta today. Rick is an active mentor, advisor, and investor with startups in areas as diverse as the IoT, autonomous vehicles, AI, digital and additive manufacturing, and others. He is a frequent speaker and recognized expert on the internet of things and advanced manufacturing.

Rick was the co-founder and CTO of ThingWorx, the world’s first platform for creating connected applications to enable the ‘Internet of Things”. ThingWorx was acquired by PTC in December 2013.

Previously, Rick was CTO and co-founder of Lighthammer Software Development, where he identified and created a new market segment for “manufacturing intelligence and integration” software. Lighthammer was acquired by SAP in 2005.

He has held roles in plant operations, sales, product marketing, systems integration, and technology throughout his career, giving him a unique set of perspectives that help him guide and advise companies in these areas.

We had a wide-ranging discussion covering the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, smart homes, the shift from platforms to apps/solutions, security/privacy challenges, the skills gap in IoT, and where the Internet of Things will be 10 years from now.


This podcast is also available on YouTube

Mar 22, 2017

At SAP's internal event d-kom in Karlsruhe recently I met up with Julien Vayssiere, Global Head of SAP's d-shop program. The d-shop program is a combination workshop and peer-topeer learning environment where SAP employees can sit down and learn how to program Internet of Things devices.


Thousands of SAP employees have utilised this free program to upskill into the Internet of Things toolsets. 

Mar 16, 2017

I had a chat recently with Laurens Eckelboom, SAP's VP and Head of Business Development for Connected Vehicles. We had a great conversation about how the Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling a myriad of new services for vehicle owners. Everything from automated reservation of parking, to payment fulfillment, and expense management.


The video of this chat is on Youtube at 


You can find more about SAP's Vehicle Network at 

Mar 5, 2017

I had a chat recently with Joachim von Goetz and Ignatz Schatz who run the newly launched IoT accelerator in Berlin.

This is an accelerator specifically aimed at startups in the IoT space with a business to business (b2b) focus.

We talked about the thinking behind the accelerator, who it is aimed at, and how startups can benefit from it.

You can find more at the IoT Accelerator website and follow the Accelerator on Twitter @Iot_Accelerator .

The video of this interview is at 

Feb 26, 2017

I had a chat recently with V R Vijay Anand, head of the Internet of Things practice for Wipro Digital. We had a fascinating, wide-ranging conversation during which Vijay brought up real world examples of how the Internet of Things is helping to save lives, and change business models in verticals such as manufacturing, healthcare, and Energy and Natural Resources.


You can find out more about Vijay, and Wipro Digital on the Wipro Digital website


The video of this chat is on Youtube at

Feb 23, 2017

I will be presenting at the upcoming International SAP for Utilities event in Lisbon next month on the topic of the Internet of Things and Energy so against the backdrop of the digitisation of energy grids, cratering costs for renewables, and the surge in the global storage market, I wanted to chat with IDC Research Director Marcus Torchia to see what he made of the impact of the IoT on electricity grids.

You can find Marcus on the IDC website.

I have also uploaded this chat to youtube - you can check it out at 

Feb 19, 2017

At SAP's internal event d-kom in Karlsruhe recently I met up with Markus Richter who leads SAP's research and innovation into sports to discuss how IoT is changing sports.

We had a great conversation around the increasing digitisation of sports, how SAP is working with national teams to help them improve their performance, and how data will be the great new battlefront in securing the rights of games

Feb 12, 2017

I had a great chat recently with Rudi Held. Rudi is the Global Head of SAP's worldwide network of co-innovation labs. These are labs where startups, research institutes, partners and customers can come to co-innovate a product with SAP.

I brought him on the show to talk about the co-innovation labs, what was the thinking behind setting them up, who uses the labs, and what are some of the more interesting outcomes of the co-innovation projects.

Learn more about the labs here, and you can check out Rudi on LinkedIn


The video of this video is available on Youtube

Feb 5, 2017

I had a chat recently with John Bates, the CEO of PLAT.ONE, a company recently aquired by SAP.


PLAT.ONE is a company which helps connect diverse devices to the Internet of Things, manage compute locations (edge computingcentral, or hybrid) and sensor  data flows, so amongst other things, we discussed integration in our conversation - both of edge device data, and the integration of PLAT.ONE into SAP.


The video of this chat is on Youtube at


You can find John on Twitter at @DrJohnBates and PLAT.ONE is at

Jan 29, 2017

Bill Clee is the founder and CEO of UK company Asset Mapping, a company which does geoloaction and enterprise asset management for assets, be they indoors or out.

I reached out to him and asked him to come on the show, and he graciously accepted.


You can find Asset Mapping online at

And the video of this chat is on youtube at

Jan 22, 2017

SAP made a major announcement recently. It announced its new SAP Leonardo brand for its Internet of Things portfolio of software products. At the same time SAP also announced its new SAP Leonardo Jump-Start program - a program of software and services at a fixed price to help companies starting out on IoT projects, and SAP also announced a new SAP Leonardo event. to be held in July.


I blogged about the announcement but I also felt it would be great to have SAP EVP for the Internet of Things and Digital Assets, Dr Tanja Rueckert explain the announcement, the thinking behind it, and how it will benefit customers. She very graciously agreed to come on the show. Enjoy :)

Jan 17, 2017

In this show, I attended SAP's internal d-kom event in Karlsruhe where I caught up with Asset Intelligence Network Product Owner Pascal Rauprecht, and we had a chat about the Internet of Things, Enterprise Asset Management, and how SAP's Asset Intelligence Network can help organisations turn asset management from a cost centre into a profit centre.

Jan 8, 2017

Gary Barnett is Head of Enterprise Advisory for industry analyst firm Current Analysis, and is the CTO of IoT Startup AirSensa, an air quality monitoring platform based in the UK.

Given Gary's unique experience in both the IoT Enterprise, and IoT startup worlds, I thought he'd make a great guest for the show, and I wasn't wrong!


You can find Gary on Twitter as @Thinkovation and this podcast is also online as a Youtube video

Jan 1, 2017

Constellantion Research's industry analyst Andy Mulholland has a very strong technical background having been Group CTO for Cap Gemini before coming out to retirement to join Constellation to lead research into IoT.


We had a fascinating conversation around IoT, manufacturing, and the transition to the digital services economy.


You can find Andy's blog on the Constellation website, and he is also on Twitter as @CTOonTheBoard.

Dec 25, 2016

In this week's podcast I speak to Connected Cars expert Heino Kantimm. We had a wide-ranging discussion on how the Internet of Things, and autonomous vehicles is completely disrupting the transportation industry, and associated industries such as parking and insurance.

Dec 18, 2016

The Internet of Things, and more particularly the Industrial Internet of Things are complex spaces. Many pieces have to be connected to ensure a working system.

One tool which can help navigate the complexity is the SAP Enterprise Architect Explorer.

In this week's IoT Heroes show I interview Enterprise Architecture Explorer lead Juergen Jakowski and we talked about the genesis of the product, its purpose, and his vision for its future.

The video of this conversation is available at

Dec 11, 2016

I recently caught up with SAP's Nils Herzberg and we talked about the Industrial Internet of Things, why it is important to SAP, and SAP's customers.

Dec 4, 2016

Schneider Electric's John Tuccillo and GE's Greg Petroff are both members of the Industrial Internet Consortium's steering committee (John is the Chair of the committee), and I caught up with them recently at a joint meeting with the Platform Industry 4.0 event to talk about the Industrial Internet of Things

Nov 29, 2016

For the latest IoT Heroes show I recorded an interview with the CTO of smart city IoT  company Fybr Tech (, Mrinal Wadhwa (aka @mrinal). We had a very interesting, wide-ranging discussion about everything from IoT,  to smart cities, and even sewage!

Nov 23, 2016

At the recent IIC and Platform Industry 4.0 event I had the chance to have a fascinating discussion with Dr Richard Soley about the Industrial Internet Consortium, and the trends in the industrial Internet of Things.

The video of this interview is available on Youtube at

Nov 22, 2016

At the joint Industrial Internet Consortium and Platform Industrie 4.0 forum in Germany I caught up with Eclipse's Ian Skerrett to discuss the importance of Open Source and Standards for IoT


You can also check out the video version of this interview on Youtube at

Nov 22, 2016

The LNI 4.0 organisation is set up specifically to help SME's in Germany quickly get onto the IIoT. I was interested to find out more about the organisation, so I spoke to Anke Riechers from LNI 4.0

You can also check out the video of this interview at