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Software AG Cumulocity: An IoT Platform Consolidating Devices into a Manageable Operating System

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

One of the keys to surviving in this era of disruption is to innovate with new business models and new revenue streams. Increasingly, that means that organizations must look to innovate around digital services and how smart sensor or other Internet of Things (IoT) devices may help transform the customer experience and help to create new business models.

The challenge, however, is that working with these intelligent edge devices has proven to be very difficult as each vendor seeks to create its own ecosystem. Cumulocity by Software AG aims to solve this by delivering a platform that consolidates IoT devices into what it calls a single, manageable ‘operating system.’

The company’s agent-based approach supports over 150 different protocols enabling it to deliver plug-and-play type capabilities when adding a new device to the management network. The platform is extensible, allowing organizations to build IoT-based applications on top of it while leveraging the platform’s connectivity, analytics, security and device management capabilities.

The company claims that what sets it apart is the fact that it built its architecture with a cloud-native approach, but also with a recognition that processing would shift closer toward the edge as edge device capabilities improved. The result is an application-centric IoT platform that enables organizations to rapidly develop and deploy IoT-type applications and maintain them over time without the technical challenges typically associated with managing a collection of heterogeneous  IoT devices throughout their lifecycle.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.