A survey of the M2M solutions market was conducted for Oracle in September 2012 by Beecham Research, targeting leading M2M solution providers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The aim was to provide an in-depth qualitative assessment of M2M solution requirements today and how these are likely to change in the future.
The findings indicates that there are two key trends underway in the rapidly-developing M2M market.
The first is in the B2B segment. Here, M2M data from remotely-located assets and devices is increasingly being used for strategic purposes and value creation throughout the enterprise. This is a far cry from the early days when M2M data was strictly the domain of the service department and used for mainly operational purposes.
The second is in the B2B2C segment, where the opportunities associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) are now becoming apparent. IoT in the B2B2C segment will be characterised by data from large numbers of remote devices and sensors in one sector being cross-pollinated with data from other sectors and with data from social media. This will impact consumer lifestyles and provide enormous potential for new services.
With these findings in mind, M2M/IoT solutions are set to become more mainstream as the volume of connected systems and devices grows. As a result, Beecham Research suggests that Oracle's ‘Device to Data Center' Strategy, leveraging Java in the devices and Engineered Systems in the Data Center or Cloud will become increasingly relevant to M2M/IoT solution providers.