Melitta is recognized globally as an integrated partner for coffee-drinking pleasure in the catering market and provides coffee-preparation equipment to customers in catering, the hotel industry, collective catering, offices, service stations, bakeries, convenience stores, cafés, and coffee shops. To future-proof its business and to tap new business areas, Melitta decided to approach NTT DATA Business Solutions. The company was looking for a digital solution that could bring together the Internet of Things, data management, and big data and benefit from digitization and develop new business models with the new technology. The solution: The integration of an IoT platform into a SAP landscape that enables different access for different players.
Coffee Machine 2.0, Thanks to the Internet of Things
Melitta’s coffee machines were IoT capable even before the project got underway, transmitting telemetry data from 30,000 coffee machines in use around the world. In addition to special aromatic coffees, the machines use IoT modules to supply a wealth of individual data, including information on their status, maintenance, current coffee consumption, and the number of drinks prepared. The results are transmitted to a central platform in real time, where they are analyzed and monitored.
This information has previously been collected by manufacturers of coffee machines to aid service-level improvements, including regular maintenance. The data are also recorded in databases and the SAP system – a time-consuming and often highly imprecise procedure, which can quickly yield inaccuracies and transfer errors, in addition to lacking flexibility and clarity – as an example, maintenance plans and contracts are stored in different applications.
To simplify the system and make it more agile and efficient, as well as facilitate new business models, the NTT DATA Business Solutions team developed a SAP integration solution into which all IoT-capable machines could be integrated. As a result, the new IoT platform acts as a basis for digital business models.
Our experts started by disassembling the original, central, monolithic, and proprietary IoT platform into a microservice-supported system and integrated it into the SAP ecosystem. It was a mammoth project lasting two years.
The new solution, the IoT hub from Melitta Professional, now forms the basis for all digital services and products and for the data-driven business model. It is the central hub for telemetry-based data and applications. The system enables different views of machine data for different players. For example, Melitta INSIGHTS is a web-based customer portal that gives operating companies information about machine performance and data. The new technical environment also facilitates other digital services and applications, which, in addition to maintenance, optimization, and management, also enable the development of new business models and increase economic revenue.