By Mvaughan-Oracle on Oct 07, 2015
The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) might seem like an open-and-shut application. IoT is all about the services: transforming data from disparate devices into valued insights and actions. The recent task at the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) IoT Design Jam was to get over that gut reaction to simply throw a chip into everything and come up with some enterprise apps use cases for the Oracle Applications Cloud.
Laurie Pattison, Senior Director, User Experience, and her team put the design jam together at Oracle headquarters. Her challenge to the OAUX team? To develop an IoT pitch, value proposition, and wireframes demonstrating the usefulness of sensors connected to the Internet and showcasing an enterprise apps use case. “I found the experience invaluable to learn what people’s perspectives are on IoT,” Pattison said, “and for getting IoT into the DNA of people.”
The OAUX team gets warmed up for the day.
Photo by @lsptahoe
“IoT is an area of strategic investment for Oracle,” said Misha Vaughan (@mishavaughan), Senior Director, OAUX Communications & Outreach. “They've announced an IoT cloud service (just for storing IoT data for now). It's time for us to start talking to customers and partners about it. So we needed to start getting up to speed on what [IoT] means for enterprise users.”
Pattison works with Yen Chan and Kathy Miedema of the OAUX team to refine their use cases.
Photo by @mishavaughan
Participants in the design jam first received an overview of IoT so that all teams were starting on the same page. “The only way [to internalize IoT] is to spend some time with it and come up with a solution that works for you,” Pattison said. “People get the cloud story. Less obvious is what IoT can bring to the table.”
Teams then took most of the day to develop and refine their pitches using Raspberry Pis as the sensors. Finally, they pitched their ideas, and a panel consisting of the AppsLab’s Tony Orciuoli, Vaughan, OAUX GVP Jeremy Ashley, and Pattison voted for the winning use case, which happened to be Sarahi Mireles and Andrew Gilmour’s supply chain solution.
The design jam winners pose with the judges and their new swag.
Oracle has made enormous investments in enterprise user experience and IoT devices, both in their infancy, and the intersection of the two could enable enterprises faster and with lower risk, Oracle’s key value proposition. Since the devices are capable of providing so much data, the smart IoT pitch will drown out the noise and make that data meaningful to an enterprise user. For example, more specific data about workflow generated by motion detectors could help improve business process applications and perhaps hone HR policies.
“Everyone on a team needs to understand IoT because they are still responsible for different parts of the IoT approach,” Pattison said, but it was especially useful for the OAUX team “because they are going to be on the front line of partner, customer, and sales interactions in FY16,” Vaughan said. “Internet of Things is definitely on the menu of emerging technologies we will be talking about in this next year, and I wanted my team to be up to speed on the concepts, issues, and how to help relate it to nontechnical audiences.”
If you’re wondering what’s happening Oracle’s IoT front, check out these other links to recent IoT events and posts:
- Pattison describes an IoT hackathon she put on at the Mexico Development Center in Guadalajara here.
- Ultan O’Broin, Director, OAUX, EMEA, is planning a joint IoT hackathon with Pattison and Oracle Partner eProseed in September the Oracle office in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Read his take on IoT and PaaS4SaaS.
- How does the OAUX team envision IoT’s effect on the working world? Check out our Storify.
- Our Group Vice President, Jeremy Ashley, and Noel Portugal, Manager, Emerging Technologies discussed the recent KScope15 & OAUX Internet of Things Scavenger Hunt.
- A great strategy piece on what IoT means for the enterprise on Forbes.