When Oracle announced updates to its Java Embedded stack last week, it marked not only big news for the company, but also for the embedded market in general.
On the surface, the updates of the Oracle Java Embedded Suite 7.0 include Java runtime with a reduced footprint that preserves full compliance with the Java SE 7 specification; secure, structured data storage and modern SQL support; configuration options to enable deployment-specific tuning and performance optimizations; among many other features. In all, Java Embedded speaks the language of M2M, providing what Oracle calls a complete “device to datacenter” platform that can help streamline solution implementation.
In essence it will integrate all the components necessary to make it easy to deploy M2M applications and to assemble the data into an aggregator and then communicate back to the enterprise.
The release points to developing devices for such market as healthcare and smart energy, but the opportunities should not be limited. In fact, when discussing the markets for which Oracle sees potential for this release the conversation went into many different directions with many disparate examples. And to me, that is always encouraging because it says speaks volumes about where companies see potential for M2M, i.e., everywhere.
But if you look beyond the product announcement, the deeper move into the embedded space by Oracle shows just how prevalent M2M is becoming at the enterprise level. This is where the whole idea of putting the term “connected” at the enterprise level begins to take shape. Today we have the debate focused on whether or not your CIO or CTO, for example, should be spearheading connected initiatives within the company. In other words, who is championing M2M at your company?
Many times it simply involves getting these folks to take notice. And while they may not be as familiar with the traditional M2M tech providers, they are overly familiar with a company like Oracle and the role its technology plays within the enterprise. That is not to say that they shouldn’t be familiar with the traditional M2M tech providers, because these companies will certainly play a critical role in helping them to make the M2M connection.
As Gregg Garrett writes in his latest Connected World column, “The building blocks of the ‘connected economy’ are more than likely already being considered inside of your firm. They are at the heart of the modern day CIO’s agenda. The thing is many top IT leaders are treating each of these building blocks as separate initiatives and not as an integrated and transformational program leading to a connected platform. CIOs need to simply reposition so much of what they already have underway, and many corporations will find they are able to accelerate their connected reality.” For note, this article will be available in our Nov/Dec issue, which will be live on Zinio October 5.
It’s all about the evolving role of connected devices into an enterprise strategy. In speaking with Oracle about its announcement they told us M2M is all about creating new opportunities. This is certainly true in the literal sense regarding the release, as the embedded stack can help with making the direct connection from the field to the enterprise. But perhaps one of those new opportunities is to also help the term “connected” pull up a chair at the executive table. It’s all a process, but I like the progression I am seeing.