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Small businesses have big ideas. These can disrupt or totally transform an industry, and can turn those small businesses in to large ones. But a key problem for small businesses is getting access to technical resources in the form of the right people and the right infrastructure to make their ideas into a reality.
At Oracle we work with numerous companies which act as ISVs (Independent software vendors) to small businesses with big ideas. For example, mFrontiers is an Oracle ISV which has used Oracle Cloud Platform to build its mFinity Enterprise Mobility Management Platform (EMMP) and mFinity IoT (Internet of Things) platform.
IoT is a relatively young technology, yet it is already being used by businesses, many of them very small, to do amazing things. One of the crucial aspects of any IoT deployment is that it generates huge amounts of data. The mFinity platform can capture this data, move it into the cloud, manipulate and analyse it, and present the resulting information as visualizations. This means the learning delivered through an IoT deployment can be easily understood by a non-technical audience in the company which owns the deployment, and used to further their business.
Through its use of Oracle Cloud Platform services, mFrontiers has been able to scale mFinity for large IoT deployments, while also making the most of existing investments. The company has used Oracle Java Cloud and Oracle Database Cloud Service to expand its development capacity, to easily enable new features and to accelerate release cycles.
IoT is a relatively young technology, yet it is already being used by businesses, many of them very small, to do amazing things.
With application development also in the cloud, mFinity can be used to design applications relevant to any client’s IoT requirements, test them rigorously, and only deploy when everyone is happy. This again frees up the business that owns the product to work with mFinity to specify application requirements, while leaving the technical details to its ISV.
In addition, mFinity has a role in the deployment of IoT devices themselves. It can be used to manage, control and secure them. For example EMMP allows access to functions that are on devices such as cameras, sound, or GPS. These devices can be used in ways specified by the client company, with all the technical aspects handled by mFrontiers.
Through its use of Oracle Cloud Platform services, mFrontiers has been able to scale mFinity for large IoT deployments, while also making the most of existing investments.
What we have here, then, is a model in which a small business has a great idea and goes to an ISV to help develop the technology behind that idea. In turn, the ISV uses the resources it has developed using Oracle Cloud Platform. In the end, the mFinity client calls the shots, and its products and services are brought to market in its own name.
This can be truly transformational. For example, consider the case of Regal Beloit.
Regal Beloit has a wide product range, including motors used across a broad spread of home and commercial environments. Its first IoT product was a swimming pool pump motor. Understanding usage is a great way to work out what’s needed in future products and Regal Beloit decided an IoT implementation in the pumps would provide the level of detail required.
What we have here, then, is a model in which a small business has a great idea and goes to an ISV to help develop the technology behind that idea. In turn, the ISV uses the resources it has developed using Oracle Cloud Platform.
mFrontiers was selected to be the IoT platform provider, and worked closely with product design company Optimal Designs.
As well as needing confidence in the ability to deploy motors in growing quantities, Regal Beloit wanted the flexibility to add or change the kinds of sensors in the motor. They wanted to be able to learn from this experience, which meant the ability to develop new applications to take advantage of data from varied sensor arrangements.
None of this was a problem for mFinity to accommodate, and its ability to take advantage of services like Oracle Big Data Discovery and Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Cloud Services simply adds to the data interpretation and visualisation abilities offered by mFrontiers.
In this particular project, access to Cloud Platforms is a key enabler, and a clear partnership between an ISV and a small company with a big idea, is helping the development of new products. That’s how Oracle Cloud Platform can support small businesses everywhere.
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