Wednesday Jul 20, 2016

Internet of Things and Big Data - Better Together

What is your plan to leverage IoT data within your BigData initiatives? Learn more about the convergence of IoT, BigData and the Cloud and how this convergence is already driving better business outcomes. Check out the latest BigData blog

Be sure to also download the latest whitepaper!

Saturday Jul 02, 2016

Injecting IoT into Big Data Analytics

The Internet of Things, or IoT, presents many opportunities for retailers and consumer goods organizations to drive business improvement. Among these is the use of data from sensors, devices and products to improve Big Data Analytics. Consider the following scenarios:

Consumer Products Brand

A household products company offers an internet connected button in the consumer’s home to place a replenishment order manually, which is delivered same day. Or, the product itself features smart packaging that “knows” when it’s nearly depleted and triggers the re-order autonomously. Demand is better understood among these customers and predictable such that fulfillment is streamlined and anticipated. As a consequence of all this, high frequency customers are isolated, a personal relationship is developed, and they are targeted for testing new products and acting as champions in new product rollouts.

Appliance Manufacturer

An appliance company’s product sends usage information back to the company to identify potential quality issues and collect feature utilization to aid product development. The appliance also now acts as a conduit for developing a relationship with the customer. Thus marketers can propose new ways to use the product to improve satisfaction and referral, or recommend the purchase of complementary appliances. In a commercial context, freezers and other storage or display machines that ensure product quality or safety, require maintenance, or have the capacity to measure inventory, present similar opportunities when the customer is a business (retailer) rather than a consumer.

Omnichannel Retailer

A retailer employs beacons in its stores which trigger personalized offers to customers on their smartphones. Or even better, the offers also reflect product availability, which is tracked from the shelf, to the storage room, to the distribution center, and reflects inventory across physical and online stores. As a result, regardless of commerce channel, digital promotional offers reflect actual availability to avoid out of stock situations for high demand promotions, winning the customer’s business and ensuring a satisfying shopping experience leading to greater loyalty. This same capability could also offer supplier brands the opportunity to bid on real time mobile promotional opportunities to avoid excess inventory.

These are three scenarios playing out today in progressive adopters of Big Data Analytics who recognize the potential of “data in motion,” or the type of streaming data often associated with IoT. Big Data Analytics is fundamentally about generating new insights on data in many formats from many sources.

Data created by sensors, devices and products, in combination with many other sources, is invaluable in the above three scenarios to inform decisions related to:

  • Demand Forecasting

  • Product Launches

  • Research and Development

  • Customer Satisfaction and Advocacy

  • Cross or Upsell

  • Personalized Offers

  • On Shelf Availability

These are all analytical use cases which can be executed absent IoT data, but are greatly improved with IoT data. This is today simplified with the Oracle IoT Cloud Service, which works in conjunction with Oracle’s Big Data Cloud capabilities to realize a variety of high value use cases.

The ability to ingest and manage data from IoT and numerous other sources within and outside a company is essential to powering many Big Data use cases. To better understand this, check out Gartner and Forrester coverage of the Big Data platform markets.

Companies are struggling to increase the scale of the use cases they can explore with Big Data. So simplifying the acquisition and management of data, as well as the data science process itself, is critical. These are all attributes of the Oracle Big Data Cloud value proposition, which is further enhanced by the ability to seamlessly incorporate IoT data in many use cases via Oracle IoT Cloud Service.

Gib Bassett, Retail and Consumer Goods Industry Principal

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Thursday Jun 23, 2016

Reducing the Time to Value for Internet of Things Deployments (IDC)

According to IDC, the IoT value proposition is driven by the ability to translate vast quantities of sensor-based information into action — the faster, the better. IoT solutions that make it easier to securely connect devices, analyze real-time and historical data, and integrate to back-end applications represent an attractive option for companies seeking to hit the ground running and accelerate time to value.

This new whitepaper from IDC and Oracle is focused on comprehensive, IoT solutions and on best practices in manufacturing, transportation and logistics. Also discussed is how the next wave of big data from connected devices is already helping to transform these business segments as they seek to differentiate.

http://bit.ly/28PQ8Cp


Wednesday May 04, 2016

Maximizing IoT value

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the biggest sources of new data capital. In this blog, Paul Sonderegger, Oracle’s Big Data Strategist, explains how big data capabilities can help maximize its value http://ora.cl/52v

Wednesday Apr 13, 2016

Oracle IoT Cloud Service helps GEMÜ Group drive safety & quality

GEMÜ Group is a leading manufacturer of valves & products for the process industry. The Oracle IoT Cloud Service adds real-time & historic data insights to existing applications & processes, enabling GEMÜ Group to deliver exceptional product quality & safety and immediate business value from IoT.

Watch this video to see how GEMÜ Group used the Oracle Cloud Platform to improve their business.

Wednesday Jan 27, 2016

Join Oracle at Mobile World Congress 2016, Barcelona

Mobile World Congress, event is held in Barcelona, February 22-25, 2016, and brings together more than 94,000 key decision-makers from companies worldwide. Oracle will once again have a significant presence at MWC2016 to showcase dozens of products & services including several of our latest cloud technologies at the Oracle booth, Hall 3B20.

Our 2016 solution demos include the latest products and services for Enterprise Mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud service solutions.

For Mobility, learn how Oracle simplifies enterprise mobility with a comprehensive solution that includes a secure and scalable platform to help transform your business for the digital age —from turnkey mobile apps to custom integrations for on-premises and cloud environments.

For IoT, discover how the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service enables businesses to drive value from device data through analytics and event processing and generate actions through integration with enterprise applications & processes.

If you plan to attend the event, please be sure to stop by Hall 3B20. To organize a booth tour or to arrange a meeting with Oracle executives please contact your local Oracle sales representative or reach out to us via Twitter. @OracleMobile, @OracleIoT

Wednesday Jan 06, 2016

Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service Now Available

The Oracle IoT Cloud Service is a secure and scalable platform to help organizations quickly build and deploy IoT applications. This new offering allows customers to gain new data-driven insights and drive actions from IoT by connecting, analyzing and integrating device data into business processes and applications like remote equipment monitoring and asset tracking.

Check out the latest details about our latest cloud service. http://bit.ly/iot_cloud_fmw

Monday Nov 16, 2015

Oracle Partner Webcast: Oracle IoT Cloud Service- Weds Nov 18

Oracle Partner Webcast: Oracle IoT Cloud Service - Driving value in the connected world

Join this session to understand Oracle IoT Strategy and a phased approach to ROI with the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service, making IoT implementation straightforward, simple and effective. In this session, you will learn how the feature set will help you to quickly build IoT applications, connect and manage devices, configure and monitor security policies, manage and analyze massive amounts of data and integrate with your business processes and applications. You will also see examples of out-of-the-box integration with other Oracle Cloud services and applications, showing the unique value through end-to-end integration that Oracle provides. You will get to hear from an Oracle partner and their approach to deliver asset tracking & predictive maintenance solution for transportation industry using Oracle IoT Cloud Service.

Speakers: Harish Gaur (Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle Internet of Things), Simon Nicholson (Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle Internet of Things) and Raj Paul, Vice President of Automotive and Emerging Technologies at Lochbridge Register here!

Tuesday Aug 18, 2015

Internet of Things Scavenger Hunt

I was recently talking with brilliant folks over in the AppsLab and learned about the scavenger hunt they ran in coordination with the Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) at Kscope15, held recently in Florida.


The scavenger hunt, being IoT focused and incorporating mobile and wearable technologies, peaked my interest as it drew parallels from where this is happening right on the ground (literally at Kscope15) to where it is, and will be happening soon, with Oracle Cloud product and services.

The work flow of the hunt was straight forward:

  1. Register on site at the event or online (perhaps from your personal IoT enabled device/mobile phone)
  2. Get your smart badge, complete with a NFC (Near Field Communication) sticker attached
  3. Install the Kscope15 Scavenger Hunt app, including smartwatch apps, from the appropriate app store
  4. Find a task in the list in the mobile app you just installed
  5. Complete a task, many by having your NFC sticker (once provisioned) scanned by NFC readers hosted on Raspberry Pis using Java 8.
  6. Tweet with the appropriate hashtags from the account you used to register for bonus points
But behind the work flow of the hunt was a great deal of work leveraging a wide set of technologies: APEX, Java, React, Node.js, REST, PL/SQL, Android, Raspberry Pi, NFC, REST and Twilio servers and more (for full details on how the scavenger hunt was implemented, read Noel Portugal's write up here).

Several elements of the scavenger hunt stuck with me, that I've bubbled up as follow:

The Approachable Nature of the Internet of Things

IoT Enabled Device Cost and Availability - Most readers of this blog are well aware of the ever widening array of IoT enabled devices available, so these next statements surely won't come as earthshaking news, they will provide a very current example. Anyway, to bring the point across: While I didn't ask the price, knowing typical shoestring show budgets and given the fact that every attendee had one placed on their badge, the cost of the NFC (Near Field Communication) stickers used in the scavenger hunt appeals to even my frugal nature. They can quickly be found and ordered online from any number of shopping sites and be delivered right to your door within two days or so. And that's just one of a growing myriad of affordable types of end devices and sensors that are readily available. Temperature, humidity, light, sound, and so on. Plus the ridiculously affordable Raspberry Pi can be used as a gateway device and/or to host various sensors and more (check out Mark Heckler's blog series involving these topics as he moves the management of his own renewable energy embedded systems into the Cloud).

Low Barriers to Entry into the IoT and Cloud

Virtually every step in the creation of the scavenger hunt that was done on premises, barring the physical requirements such as attaching the NFC smart sensor to the Raspberry Pi, is or soon will be something that can be accomplished in the Oracle Cloud. And, from above, Mark Heckler is creating another prime example of what just one man can do with Oracle Cloud and IoT technologies and IoT enabled devices that could eventually be leveraged into real world solutions providing value even at low scale.

The Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service is coming soon. Node.js Cloud Service is coming soon. Developer Cloud Service, Java Cloud Service, Oracle Database Cloud Service (complete with Oracle Application Express (APEX) as used in the scavenger hunt) and Integration Cloud Service are among the many that are generally available and thriving.

In a very short period of time the convergence of Oracle Cloud Products and Services along with the Internet of Things as a whole will be, to harken back to a previous tag line, 'complete'. Full ALM in the Cloud; deployment in the Cloud; integration to Cloud services and On Premises solutions; gateways and end devices easily and securely connected. Simple. Integrated. Intelligent. (That's our new tag line, btw).

The Internet of Things is here. And there. And soon to be anywhere an end device or sensor can be placed, verging on ubiquity over time. It's likely most of us are already garnering something of use from the Internet of Things, be that from a wearable or IoT enabled security system and/or climate control system.  And while many of the creative-yet-'fluff'-appeal inventions in the IoT will quickly disappear as being as useful as the Pet Rock™, we will soon be finding ourselves benefiting in ways that will be superlative in nature as we are entertained, as we have more data to make wiser business decisions, and as we ultimately find our lives improved, extended or perhaps even saved.


Shameless Plug: Register for the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service webcast on October 14th to learn from Bhagat Nainani and Peter Utzschneider, with key partners Accenture Digital, GEMÜ and V2COM, how the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service can simplify how your business can drive shorter time to business value from IoT.



About the Author



Eric Renaud is a Senior Outbound Product Manager at Oracle working on Cloud Developer Outreach for Oracle Cloud Product and Services, including the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service. Just previously at Oracle he worked in the Java Product Group as Senior Outbound Product Manager focused on Embedded and M2M. Prior to Oracle, Eric worked at CollabNet as a Community Manager and Open Source Software Methodology Consultant for large enterprises leveraging Agile ALM SaaS and IaaS solutions in the Cloud.
Eric can be reached via LinkedIn. Follow Eric on Twitter @ejrenaud

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Wednesday Aug 05, 2015

Join Oracle at the Asia IoT/M2M Business Platform Aug 25th & 26th

Join Oracle as we moderate the keynote panel for this industry-to-industry focused event. http://m2mbusiness-platform.com/jakarta/

Join Oracle speaker Cheng Kian Khor,
Director, Architecture, in the Oracle
Communications & Media Industry
Solutions Group


In addition to the keynote, Oracle's Internet of Things product team will be demonstrating our upcoming Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service, showing its industry changing potential in the IoT and M2M spaces as it enables business to unlock additional value through new services and by integrating IoT data with existing applications and processes. Join Oracle speaker Cheng Kian Khor, Director, Architecture, in the Oracle Communications & Media Industry Solutions Group.

Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service provides a low barrier to entry for integrating the Internet of Things into your digital business strategy enabling you to create innovative services faster than your competitors with less risk. With Oracle as a trusted partner you can simplify and optimize how your business gains insights and drives action from IoT by securely monitoring and controlling real-time IoT data, at scale, between connected devices and your enterprise applications. As part of the Oracle Cloud Platform, the Oracle IoT Cloud Service provides an intelligent, integrated and simple solution in a highly scalable environment.

Wednesday Jul 22, 2015

mFrontiers highlights the value of Database Mobile Server and Oracle Cloud

This video from mFrontiers, an Oracle partner, describes how their solution leverages Oracle Cloud and Oracle Database Mobile Server.

 An excellent example of how Oracle technologies, particularly Cloud and Database Mobile Server, can help in a variety of critical applications.

http://medianetwork.oracle.com/video/player/4331233511001

 Definitely worth watching...

Tuesday Jul 14, 2015

An End-to-End Approach to IoT: Oracle Joins the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)

Oracle has recently joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a global, nonprofit partnership of industry, government and academia created to facilitate the development of a global ecosystem for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Oracle understands that businesses are beginning to grasp the advantages of IoT both in terms of improving operational efficiency and extending external business opportunities. Oracle will actively work with the its fellow IIC members in order to  drive further IoT innovation through the creation of new industry use cases and testbeds for real-world applications, as well as to participate in the working committees and task forces to spur innovation and drive standards in the Internet of Things (IoT) a focus on Industry.

Founded in March of 2014, the IIC catalyzes and coordinates the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet. The IIC is an open membership organization, with over 180 members from 26 countries, formed to accelerate the development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics, and people at work.

Thursday Jun 18, 2015

Launch Event: Integrate, Accelerate and Lead with the Oracle Cloud Platform

Register to watch live as Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer, Oracle, unveils new Oracle Cloud Platform services.

PaaS Launch

Discover how you can drive innovation with the leading enterprise Cloud platform:

  • Integrate with next-generation Cloud services.
  • Accelerate application development and deployment.
  • Lead the transformation of your business.

Tune-in early, live interviews start at 10:00 a.m. Register today.

Join the conversation: #OraclePaaS

Will you be in Northern California on June 22? Join us in Redwood Shores.

Live demos will be held, including a preview of the roadmapped Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service.

Tuesday Apr 28, 2015

New IoT article on Forbes- Preparing for IoT and What You Need to Know

Interesting new article on Forbes just released around getting your business ready for the Internet of Things: 7 Important Points In Preparing For The ;

Great insights on some critical areas to consider from the very start of your program. Read the story at:

Friday Feb 20, 2015

Why is the Oracle IoT Team at Mobile World Congress 2015?

We’re at Mobile World Congress (#MWC15) because it’s time for Oracle’s IoT vision to be part of your digital strategy -- and we have some cutting edge solutions to show you.

Namely, we’ll be showing use cases built on the upcoming Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service. Our experts will show you how to easily deliver innovative new services faster with less risk, as well as securely manage bi-directional, real-time IoT data at scale between connected devices and your enterprise applications and technologies.

Our innovative approach also features an end-to-end, IoT business use case successfully leveraging the Oracle Cloud. Edge devices will use the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service to integrate with and provide data for Oracle enterprise applications in the cloud or in your data center.

Our demonstration will illustrate how to:

  • Realize the value of IoT data at rest and in-flight, with other data streams, to improve business decisions and actions using intelligent devices, event processing & data analytics
  • Integrate devices with business processes and enterprise applications to ensure the right data is available to the right application at the right time, to enhance operational efficiency and deliver new value-added services.
  • Harness the business potential of IoT data with a standards-based cloud service that gathers and pre-processes device & application data & routes information to the correct back-end process & data store.

For more information, come and see us at MWC booth #3B20 or contact your Oracle Sales Representative.. Keep an eye on this blog or bookmark http://oracle.com/iot for future announcements on the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service.

http://www.mobileworldcongress.com

http://oracle.com/iot

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