Software AG Cumulocity: 'Three Steps' To The Internet Of Things

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Software AG is engineering a set of expanding Internet of Things competencies.

Digitization, rather like life, is difficult. Whether we describe digitization with the already over-used term digital transformation or not, the push to migrate our old and existing (third industrial revolution) business systems upwards into Industry 4.0 with cloud computing, mobile devices, data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) all coalescing to create the Internet of Things (IoT)… is difficult.

Bernd Gross is senior VP of IoT & cloud at German technologyhaus Software AG. Given his company’s previously already vocal track record in IoT technologies -- and the fact that Gross heads up Software AG’s Cumulocity division (a firm Software AG entered into partnership with in March 2017 and then subsequently acquired in March 2018), he may have a valid position to offer an opinion on how to get make IoT advancements work in any type of business scenario.

“There is a tsunami of new devices and IoT ‘things’ coming to the fore because the cost of connecting those devices is so much lower today. But over 50% of IoT projects fail… and one of the major reasons for this is that projects try to run before they can walk in terms of assessing connectivity factors and the total scope of the technology engineering involved,” said Gross.

Gross suggests that IoT success is only possible (or at least most likely) through a software platform driven approach (he would say that, his firm sells an IoT platform), so what does this actually mean?

A service wrapper for IoT

Cumulocity enables Software AG customers to build what could be called a ‘service wrapper’ around each of their IoT enabled products -- and this means that they themselves can deliver new services to their own customers. Those 'wrapped' services could be anything from a printer that knows it is running out of ink to a piece of IT hardware that knows it isn't being used properly... all the way through to a bus that knows its engine is producing the wrong kind of emissions. That information emanating from those IoT device services can then be fed into business dashboards. Those dashboards could be (and Gross uses an actual real world example) a graphical screen showing the performance status of a collection of industrial compressors. In the background, Cumulocity allows companies to apply a layer of business logic to the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) being tracked by the dashboard – and all that functionality is available to software developers through open programming Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

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Software AG

Software AG is engineering a set of expanding Internet of Things competencies.

Digitization, rather like life, is difficult. Whether we describe digitization with the already over-used term digital transformation or not, the push to migrate our old and existing (third industrial revolution) business systems upwards into Industry 4.0 with cloud computing, mobile devices, data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) all coalescing to create the Internet of Things (IoT)… is difficult.

Bernd Gross is senior VP of IoT & cloud at German technologyhaus Software AG. Given his company’s previously already vocal track record in IoT technologies -- and the fact that Gross heads up Software AG’s Cumulocity division (a firm Software AG entered into partnership with in March 2017 and then subsequently acquired in March 2018), he may have a valid position to offer an opinion on how to get make IoT advancements work in any type of business scenario.

“There is a tsunami of new devices and IoT ‘things’ coming to the fore because the cost of connecting those devices is so much lower today. But over 50% of IoT projects fail… and one of the major reasons for this is that projects try to run before they can walk in terms of assessing connectivity factors and the total scope of the technology engineering involved,” said Gross.

Gross suggests that IoT success is only possible (or at least most likely) through a software platform driven approach (he would say that, his firm sells an IoT platform), so what does this actually mean?

A service wrapper for IoT

Cumulocity enables Software AG customers to build what could be called a ‘service wrapper’ around each of their IoT enabled products -- and this means that they themselves can deliver new services to their own customers. Those 'wrapped' services could be anything from a printer that knows it is running out of ink to a piece of IT hardware that knows it isn't being used properly... all the way through to a bus that knows its engine is producing the wrong kind of emissions. That information emanating from those IoT device services can then be fed into business dashboards. Those dashboards could be (and Gross uses an actual real world example) a graphical screen showing the performance status of a collection of industrial compressors. In the background, Cumulocity allows companies to apply a layer of business logic to the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) being tracked by the dashboard – and all that functionality is available to software developers through open programming Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

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