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Managing the Internet of Things

It's clear that the buzz is reaching critical mass: nearly every 2014 tech trend list mentions the Internet of Things (IoT). In fact, one analyst expects the technology and services revenue from IoT to reach US$8.9 trillion by 2020.1

With that in mind, we sat down with Oracle's Director of Product Marketing for IoT and Oracle Java Embedded Tom Angelucci to explore in greater detail how enterprises can best prepare for this game-changing concept.

Q. What has caused IoT to take off?
A. The move from personal computers to mobile devices has spawned a tremendous shift in consumer behavior. Now, with the advent of smart vehicles, smart meters, wearable technology, and a wide range of intelligent connected devices, businesses need to be ready to embrace the changes driven by the large wave of device data that will be generated by these things.

Q. How does that impact enterprise IT?
A. In a sense, a new kind of IT is emerging. IoT connects the digital and physical worlds together, enabling devices to communicate with their surroundings—with humans, machines, applications, or other smart devices. Java is emerging as the standardized embedded platform of choice for connected devices. Also middleware infrastructure, which acts as a bridge between intelligent devices and the enterprise applications that use their data, is being redefined and rearchitected in response to the trend.

For businesses, the challenge is being able to efficiently harness the incoming streams of data to drive business value through projects such as improving customer service, creating new smart services, or streamlining existing business processes to reduce costs.

Q. What are some of the big issues companies will face with IoT?
A. While IoT holds tremendous potential, creating an IoT application can be a complex challenge across several dimensions. For example, how do you build and deploy applications on a wide range of devices, or secure mission-critical data as it travels between devices and the data center? Not to mention figuring out how to best find important business exceptions on in-flight data, or building a strategy to centrally manage and monitor an entire network of devices, gateways, and applications.

Q. It sounds like IoT will have a significant impact on IT infrastructure.
A. Absolutely. We are finding that as more and more devices become connected, value is shifting from the actual device to the back-end infrastructure. We expect connected devices to play a key role in overall enterprise architecture as they replace traditional data sources, such as enterprise applications, web applications, mobile devices, and business-to-business endpoints. And as these connected devices become a primary source of data for an enterprise, we expect a new set of IT requirements to emerge. Middleware's definition and architecture will have to go through a radical transformation to support IoT.

Q. This sounds like an issue that needs to be tackled at the enterprise level, rather than with point solutions.
A. That's exactly right. Oracle's IoT platform provides an end-to-end solution to build, deploy, secure, and manage composite IoT applications for any market. With Oracle Java Embedded, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database, and Oracle Applications, Oracle is uniquely positioned to define and drive both IoT architecture and standardization now and into the future.

Take a look how the City of San Francisco collects and analyzes data from 7,000 parking meters in real-time to help drivers find parking. Visit to learn more about Oracle's solutions for a connected world.

1) Source: IDC: "Worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) 2013–2020 Forecast: Billions of Things, Trillions of Dollars"
(Oct 2013, Doc # 243661, By: Carrie MacGillivray, Vernon Turner, Denise Lund)

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