M2M Platform Power

By Carl Ford September 19, 2012

I have heard it said that luck is blamed when opportunity meets preparedness.

The Platforms of M2M are certainly prepared for the next wave of adoption. In manufacturing and several other uses, AT&T and Axeda are joining me on a webinar about Manufacturing with M2M. What I like about this discussion is that it takes a great deal of complexity and gets us back to the basics.

In my long (and not so illustrious) career, I have been enamored with Total Managed Networks [TMN or TNM for some], Activity Based Costs [ABC ] and Total Quality Management [TQM]. However, almost always the acronyms were the only thing that shortened the process and the strategies were abandoned.

Although, with M2M, the human factors are now reduced and the machines have a chance to provide the information we need. For this reason I think we are turning the corner and Business Intelligence [BI] is going to go through a transition that takes us beyond CRM.

That’s part of what I will be listening for on October 2, when we have the free precon in M2M called the Battle of the Platforms. I am looking for the platform strategies that give the human insight without having to play Sherlock or Columbo.

For years we have optimized our systems based on assumption of workflow. Perhaps now is the time when the theory of constraints becomes more addressable by analyzing the metadata of workflow thanks to M2M.

While I find it frustrating to try to capture the attention of everyone that can benefit from M2M, I think that once understood, its power is going to be sought after in almost everything we do.

Want to learn more about M2M technologies? Don’t miss the M2M Evolution Conference, collocated with ITEXPO West 2012 taking place Oct. 2-5, in Austin, TX.  Stay in touch with everything happening at M2M Evolution Conference. Follow us on Twitter.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

Partner, Crossfire Media

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