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Internet of Things: The next big thing after cloud, mobility and big data

Debarati Roy | Aug. 21, 2013
M2M could be as transformative as any innovation that has arrived since the dawn of the internet age, said Adaire Fox-Martin, SAP.

In the traditional mobile model, companies like Asian Paints India are gaining newfound business capabilities by implementing mobile platforms that allow sales personnel to connect, manage and analyze customer requirements in real time.

What is a projected time-line for IoT to start seeing mainstream adoption in India?

AF: Emerging technologies such as "machine to machine" could be as transformative as any innovation that has arrived since the dawn of the internet age. The decision makers tasked with keeping large corporations ahead of their competitors by staying up-to-date on the latest trends in technology hold a unique perspective, as they have a deep professional stake in knowing what the future holds for their businesses. It is encouraging to see that Indian IT decision makers (ITDMs) are excited about the opportunities M2M will bring as a crucial component for a business' future success.

According to a research note published in MarketsandMarkets, the total M2M market is expected to reach $85.96 billion by 2017 at a CAGR of 26.1 percent from 2012 to 2017. Forecasts by analysts promise anything from 12 billion to 50 billion devices connected by 2020, up from just 1billion in 2010.

We at SAP considerAsiaas the rapidly growing markets for M2M deployments and have outlined machine-to-machine (M2M) strategies for Indian telecom market. SAP's M2M activities are aimed at assisting telecom operators who work with enterprises in verticals such as automobile, retail, energy, healthcare and manufacturing.

What are a few technologies in which SAP plans to make a foray in the near future ( with respect to IoT)?

AF: At the core of M2M are three key elements: Mobility, Big Data and the Cloud. These are precisely the focus areas that we've designated as innovation factors at SAP. We have our MDM product, SAP Afaria, running on HANA (our BigData In-Memory Database), all in the Cloud. Supplementing this Mobility management, SAP HANA provides a big data infrastructure to handle large volumes of data that are streamed from "things" so as to make intelligent choice through the use of analytics.

Cloud computing is a major focus area for SAP in 2013 and a key driver for sustaining our growth momentum. It also plays an important role in boosting M2M communication. Until the advent and proliferation of the cloud, any new application requires a suitable back-end server infrastructure, often with little certainty about the potential scale of use or volume of data flow. But the spread of low-cost cloud computing vendors is helping to ease the rollout by providing flexible and scalable technology platforms to support them.

 

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