Thursday, May 31, 2012

M2M and Enterprise Mobility - The Convergence

It is my opinion that all enterprise mobility vendors need an M2M (machine to machine) strategy.  SAP now sponsors an M2M initiative, and all other mobility vendors are going to need a good story as to how machine data (the Internet of Things) can feed data into back office solutions like SAP through their mobile middleware.  Remember, a lot of M2M data comes in through assets and vehicle GPS tracking systems.  These are mobile objects, automatically sending data back to a server.

The world is no longer about people driving long distances, pulling out a clipboard and paper, and writing down data in a rain storm.  Small wireless chips do the monitoring for us.  These M2M or embedded wireless devices measure and monitor and message the data to our servers.

Today's assets, facilities, security systems and plant equipment can be configured to use embedded wireless chips to report all kinds of things to us.  This information can automatically trigger service tickets that are dispatched to service technicians and updates are then sent to enterprise asset management systems.

It is predicted that by 2025 there will be 50 billion wireless embedded chips sending our systems messages.  How are we to utilize this data?  How can we use this data to provide "situational awareness?"  These are the questions we all should be pondering.

Here is one example of a vendor working to connect M2M to SAP's solutions.  ILS Technology provides ready-to-use cloud based platforms to implement and manage M2M (machine to machine) and embedded wireless devices that connect to SAP.  ILS Technology simplifies deployments and offers unparalleled security to protect company and customer data and to ensure regulatory compliance.

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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.