How to Understand if Jabir’s SAP IoT is Really IoT?

Last Updated on March 13, 2021 by Shaun Snapp

Executive Summary

  • The Glossy Story of Jabil and IoT
  • Is Connecting to a Printer IoT?
  • What is the Definition of IoT Again?


SAP has been very aggressively pushing Leonardo. We have previously questioned whether SAP really has much IoT business in the article Why Leonardo Seems to Fake. Recently we found this supposed success story of IoT for the SAP customer Jabil. In this article, we review this case study.

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Jabil’s “SAP IoT”

The following video explains what Jabil did with SAP’s IoT solution/platform, etc..

This article has been removed from YouTube by SAP

Is Connecting to a Printer IoT?

The video tends to jump around to different topics and repeatedly uses the term digital transformation. However, the only part of the video that explains what was done is found in the following sentence.

Code for a 3d printed appliance can be transmitted in seconds across the world. Manufacturing can begin in minutes.

SAP has a long-term pattern of using terms inaccurately. Our observation is that every time SAP does this, it is a clue to a misrepresentation of some type. 

What is the Definition of IoT Again?

So now is probably a good time to discuss the definition of IoT.

The Internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data.[1][2][3] Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to inter-operate within the existing Internet infrastructure.

Computer-based printing, or specifically connecting a computer to a printer, preceded IoT by many decades. In fact, this is the first IoT case study we have ever read that came down to connecting a printer to a network. One might say this isn’t IoT at all.


It seems that the point of this video and case study is to obtain an IoT qualification without the viewer noticing that this is not IoT.