YaaS: Powering the Post-Purchase IoT Experience

Our partners at SAP’s Hybris have been hard at work developing YaaS, a new cloud platform. Isobar had a unique opportunity to leverage YaaS during a recent hackathon, where we used the opportunity to explore the “Post-Purchase Experience.”

 

YaaS is a platform based on the microservices paradigm that allows anyone to publish services in a marketplace that can be consumed by anyone building their own experiences or other services. SAP then provides metering and discovery services (with billing in the plans). Think of it as an app store for RESTful services.

The YaaS platform is currently in a private beta stage to which Isobar has had access since early January. During the hackathon, we conceived of an internet-of-things (IoT) application that allows products to have a digital life beyond the point of purchase.

Planning Slide Hackathon

To achieve this goal we built the NodeJS powered microservice atop YaaS. We also created a mobile app that leverages Near Field Communication (NFC) to retrieve product information that includes a) the date of production, b) a stamp of authority, c) the warranty information, and, if applicable, d) previous owner. We can easily scale our solution across varying product categories.

IoT Screen Grabs

Perhaps the most important aspect of our solution is that is provides luxury brands a mechanism to sell experiences beyond the point of sale. The experience we conceived of gives users another way of engaging with brands in meaningful ways.

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