Toccacelli & Associates

SAP Canada

October 28, 2013 - SAP Customers Unlock the Power of Intelligent Things

Co-Innovation Project With the University of Guelph to Increase Efficiency and Save Money by Harnessing Data Collected Through Connected Devices

If you are unable to view the video, please click here

BARCELONA, Spain — Oct. 30, 2013 — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced a new co-innovation projects as part of its commitment to making the “Internet of Things” a real, repeatable and scalable business opportunity for enterprise customers. The company is collaborating with the University of Guelph on a research project designed to demonstrate how use of sensors for data collection increases energy efficiency benefits of green roofs while reducing maintenance and costs for building owners. The announcement was made at the Internet of Things World Forum, being held from October 29–31 in Barcelona, Spain.

For many businesses, the next wave of competitive advantage will come from the ability to derive intelligence from sensor-generated data, and to deliver resulting insights to the right hands at the right time with the right context. SAP believes companies require end-to-end “Systems of Things” comprised of machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity, cloud enablement, device management, Big Data management, complex event processing, predictive analytics and apps.

“The emerging ubiquity of intelligent devices in both consumer and industrial settings is changing the landscape of what is possible,” said Steve Lucas, president, Platform Solutions, SAP AG. “Not only does it open up instant visibility to what is happening at the edges of operations, organizations can combine Big Data with predictive analytics to create real-time insight when and where it is needed. Business leaders who can harness the power of the ‘Internet of Things’ to transform organizational operations and create new avenues for growth and profits will lead in the marketplace. SAP is only company that has all the enterprise class building blocks for ‘Systems of Things.’”

Co-Innovation for Sustainability
SAP has joined forces with researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada to develop a sensor-driven system that will help optimize the performance of green roofs in order to maximize gains in energy efficiency and rainwater management and minimize the time and expense of maintenance. The joint team has built two green roofs as part of an ongoing collaboration that aims to install several hundred-thousand square feet of sensor-based green roofing on a variety of building types.

Data such as moisture content, run-off composition, fire detection, temperature and light levels is expected to be collected to provide real-time monitoring, which will enable building managers to check the status of roof performance without climbing up to the roof. Building managers and home owners will be able to access the information through the Web or mobile applications and will even be able to monitor and control their roofs remotely.

About the Internet of Things World Forum
The Internet of Things World Forum will take place October 29-31, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The event will bring together global leaders, professionals and innovators representing markets such as manufacturing, transportation, oil and gas, utilities, healthcare, sports and entertainment, government, education and retail. More information on the Internet of Things World Forum is available at


While I served as Chief Communications Officer for EDS, James led the Communications and Marketing team at EDS Canada. For a time he was also seconded to develop a Communications & Marketing team at EDS Asia Pacific, and hire a local leader. In both cases, James was able to develop a key partnership role with the business leaders, and was always one of the members of my team I could count on to push the envelope … cause just enough disruption to move his team and business unit forward. He demonstrated great skill as a communicator, and a deft touch as a manager and a leader. If the opportunity arose, I would hire him again in a heartbeat.

Tom Mattia
VP, Marketing and Communications at EDS

Awards & Achievements

Algonquin CollegeMarch 14, 2013 - Algonquin Public Relations Program Announces Inaugural Executive-In-Residence

Canadian public relations societyJanuary 26, 2011 James Toccacelli, APR, was named to the Canadian public relations society’s college of fellows.

Philip A. Novikoff Memorial AwardJune 21, 2005 - James Toccacelli, APR, of EDS Canada received the Philip A. Novikoff Memorial Award.

Golden Jubilee MedalCommemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee.