Sparkle and Telarix in move to offer SMS solution for IoT

Sparkle is working with Telarix to launch an SMS management solution for the services related to the internet of things (IoT).

The aim is to “reduce overhead and manage SMS-specific network complexities”, said Sparkle. The company will be consolidating the whole of its SMS operations into one platform, it added.

Stefano Olivieri, EVP for voice and mobile business at Sparkle, said: “As an international voice carrier that offers SMS as a retail service in addition to our wholesale business, the new SMS management solution allows us to consolidate our entire SMS business onto one comprehensive platform that provides buying, selling, billing, auditing, alerting and reporting functions, plus the translation and application of routing commands to the SMSC or the SMS hub.”

Telarix CEO Marco Limena said: “There are some inherent complexities in SMS handling that our new solution addresses, simplifying the end-to-end SMS management and automation. We are delighted to work together with carriers like Sparkle that are taking a leading position in this business.”

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Up next: Disposable IoT

Sigfox shows a 20-cent IoT wireless tracker chip that could report when and approximately where a package is opened.

What if every package shipped contained a $0.20 tracker chip that could report when and approximately where the package was opened?

That’s a service that internet-of-things wireless network operator Sigfox thinks its partners could offer over the next year.

It demonstrated a prototype wireless module contained in a cardboard envelope at its partner meeting in Prague on Tuesday, triggering the sending of a text message when the envelope was opened.

Ripping open the envelope, Sigfox scientific director Christophe Fourtet showed off what he described as “an ultra-thin battery, ultra-thin contacts, and an ultra-low cost module, a few tens of cents.” Seconds later, his phone buzzed to report delivery of the package.

sigfox admiral ivory module in envelope

The Sigfox Admiral Ivory service uses low-cost wireless modules like this one, embedded in a shipping envelope, to transmit short status messages from disposable objects.

How Sigfox’s partners have been able to cut the cost of those wireless modules from US$15 in 2015 to $2 today — and, by dropping some non-essential functionality — will cut it to $0.20 in the near future is largely down to the architecture of its network.

Its wireless base stations across the country use software-defined radios and highly sensitive antennas to listen out for 12-byte packets of data sent by simple, battery-powered wireless modules. Sigfox can then retransmit those messages over the internet, trigger the sending of SMSs, or feed them into corporate IT systems through its APIs.

The modules that work with Sigfox’s classic service, now renamed Admiral Blue, are bidirectional (they can receive as well as send) and can encrypt their messages.

“If you don’t need the bidirectional transmission, if you don’t need the full security, we can do something simple,” said Fourtet. That simple service, called Admiral Ivory, works with modules little more sophisticated than a garage door opener or wireless doorbell. “It’s an almost free-running oscillator with two basic IOs that you can find on any simple microcontroller or almost any digital device,” he said.

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The Sigfox Admiral Ivory service uses low-cost wireless modules based on a simple circuit schematic to transmit short status messages from disposable objects. .

The modules don’t need a GPS receiver to report their location: That’s all handled by Sigfox’s network. It’s able to locate the modules by comparing the strength of the signal received by its different base stations. For now it’s accurate to within a few kilometers for 80 percent of devices.

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NNIT A/S: NNIT Partners with Germany’s Fastest Growing Technology Company

NNIT partners with Germany’s fastest growing technology company

  • NNIT is among the first Celonis Consulting partners in Denmark
  • Celonis uses Artificial-Intelligence-based systems to reconstruct and visualize as-is business processes and provide full transparency
  • Celonis can compare the As-Is- and To-Be-process model and provide possible root-causes of how to make the processes more efficient
  • With the software, Celonis and NNIT can add value to all lines of business and help companies across all industries to embrace the full potential of emerging digital technology
  • The software is easily set up with standard connectors to most ERP systems such as SAP, MS Dynamics and Oracle
  • Celonis is the world market leader in process mining and has been named the fastest growing technology company in Germany
  • Celonis is growing fast in the Automated Business Process Discovery industry, which Gartner estimates is worth 15 billion USD

Copenhagen, September 13, 2017 – NNIT becomes one of the first Danish partners of Celonis, the fastest growing technology company in Germany according to Deloitte’s Fast50 Ranking 2015. Key to the new partnership is the best-in-class process-mining-solution developed by Celonis, which fits with all ERP-systems including MS Dynamics and SAP.

Celonis uses Artificial-Intelligence-based systems to reconstruct and visualize business processes and offer suggestions on how to optimize them and make them more efficient. The partnership is part of NNIT’s endeavor to provide the latest process analysis and visualization tools based on Process Mining.

“We see an increasing demand for solutions powered by artificial intelligence and big data as companies wish to unlock the potential of their large amounts of data and use it to improve process effectiveness,” explains Rasmus Jakobsen, manager of enterprise information management in NNIT and certified Celonis Data Scientist. He continues:

“Celonis offers a very easy to use but yet strong and powerful solution for optimization of business processes based on cutting edge technology, so we are looking forward to collaborate even closer to help our clients.”

With the software, Celonis and NNIT can add value to all lines of business and help companies across all industries to embrace the full potential of emerging digital technology and reimagine their processes and business models. Celonis offers standard connectors to all ERP-systems for example SAP, MS Dynamics and Oracle. It is however not limited to ERP systems, but can also be used for process optimization within service management and the likes.

“We are pleased to partner and collaborate with NNIT to help their clients in Denmark and globally to optimize their processes. NNIT has a strong legacy as leading provider of IT services and consultancy to companies within regulated industries, whom we look forward to jointly support. We also applaud their ambition to help corporate enterprises secure robust IT infrastructure and effective IT suitable for international growth and digital innovation,” says Bastian Nominacher, co-CEO of Celonis.

Celonis is the world market leader in Process Mining and was named the fastest growing technology company in Germany in Deloitte’s Fast50 Ranking 2015. The company captures market shares in the Automated Business Process Discovery industry, which Gartner estimates is worth 15 billion USD.

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Mojix and CXignited Announce Merger

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mojix, a leading provider of RFID systems and IoT platform solutions has merged with Europe-based CXignited, a leader in delivering retailers real-time product and consumer data for unique customer experiences. The united company will create a worldwide footprint with expanded resources, scalability and an end-to-end retail platform based on innovative business solutions and technology.  It also secures a leadership position in servicing global retailers, brands and manufacturers while accelerating each company’s growth initiatives.

The unique combination of Mojix’s innovative RFID technology and IoT platform solutions, and CXignited’s product “inception to in-store” digitalization applications delivers a complete retail business solution not available in the market before. Together, a single cloud-based platform combines software, hardware and services that drive real-time product digitalization, locationing, authentication and personalization across the Unified Commerce.

The combined entity will operate under the Mojix name, and will be led by Dan Doles, Mojix’s President and CEO. CXignited CEO Alain Fanet will become Chief Strategy Officer of the combined entity and will lead the company global growth strategy.

“Our unified strengths help retailers and brands transform the way they connect with their customers and a new generation of shoppers,” said Dan Doles, CEO of Mojix. “The joint solution allows us to digitize the entire supply chain from manufacturer to consumer. Now, since we enable smart products and a smart end-to-end supply chain, we can stream item level intelligence and inventory availability/visibility online and in-store. We do this to empower both sales associates and customers alike on mobile devices as well as seamlessly interface with leading eCommerce, ERP, POS, EAS, CRM/Marketing Automation, Clienteling, Merchandising/Digital Merchandising, Big Data, and other software.”

“The timing is good for this merger, as RFID has crossed the chasm and is becoming mainstream in apparel and footwear retailing,” said Bill McBeath, Chief Research Officer at ChainLink Research. “Now retailers are eyeing how to get the next level of value from their investment, beyond simple inventory accuracy. Together, Mojix and CXignited have the accumulated depth of experience and richness of product portfolio to offer a comprehensive solution set for in-store experience and visibility, supply chain effectiveness, brand protection, and real-time granular intelligence in the store and across the chain.”

Alain Fanet, CEO of CXignited stated, “Few mergers in our space have the ability to implement real enterprise-wide business value where one plus one really does equal three. This is one of them.” Mr. Fanet added, “This solidifies our Blue Chip customer base by providing new capabilities to support our fast-growing business and our worldwide expansion. The performance of our cloud-based Pervasive Computing platform enables complex business decisions based on real-time traffic flows. This helps overcome a lot of retail’s current challenges and can help tackle today’s industry high-stakes. This is an exciting time as we bring our customers even more integrated operational business value along the manufactured consumer goods lifecycle. As a result of the merger, a new era for the global retailing industry with new operating and business models will finally be unleashed.”

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SAP unveils its Data Hub

SAP leverages its Vora product, visual designers, and a solemn mission to let data stay in its source systems, to create its new Data Hub product. Will the wild Enterprise data landscape finally be tamed?

The Strata Data conference kicks off tomorrow at New York City’s Javits Convention Center. And at SAP‘s still-new Manhattan office, located just a block east and 4 blocks south of Javits, the company introduced the world to a new offering in its formidable data stack today: SAP Data Hub.

he problem in my attendance at that presentation was that I was on-site with a client in Jersey City, NJ today. And while that client’s office is at the water’s edge on the Hudson River, with lower Manhattan in a close, clear line of sight, getting to the event wasn’t easy.

Can you get there from here?
To do it, I had to take two different transit systems: the PATH, which connects Manhattan to a few small cities in New Jersey, and then the New York City subway. There’s an indoor connection, under the World Trade Center, between the two systems, but it’s still a bit of a hike, and you have to pay a second time when you enter the NYC Subway System.

Well, after listening to SAP’s presentation for a while, it struck me that traveling across state lines, and over two different rapid transit systems, is not dissimilar to integrating databases from two different vendors. It should be pretty seamless, but it can be quite complex, and expensive.

If you’ve done it before, then you know the tricks and workarounds, and you’ll likely have budgeted for the extra expense. You can make it work, but it’s arduous. That’s as true for crossing the Hudson River, and traveling up Manhattan’s West Side, by public transportation, as it is for moving data from a Hadoop data lake to your data warehouse.

While the NYC Regional Plan Association fails to solve the problem on the transit side, SAP Data Hub is designed to alleviate this kind of integration difficulty on the data side. It does so by providing a platform where numerous data sources can be connected through pipelines, built with a graphical designer. With such integration in place, a data catalog is built in the background, enabling governance of that data and sharing of the data sets cataloged. SAP even offers a cockpit view of all that data harmony, to make it feel more within reach.

SAP Data Hub Cockpit View

Credit: SAP

Like a transit hub designed to connect different transportation systems, and facilitate end-to-end trips across them, SAP Data Hub is designed to connect numerous data sources, both SAP and non-SAP, on-premises and in the cloud, and provide a way for data to get to its destination. SAP says Data Hub uses an open architecture, allowing customers to plug in their own connectors and Web APIs, to create Data Hub “operators” for use in pipelines.

In my commute from Jersey City, as I walked through the World Trade Center’s Oculus, designed as a transit hub, to transfer from PATH to Subway, I also noticed that the passageway, ostensibly offered as public service, was really there to get me to spend money at the high-end shops in the complex. Likewise, the SAP team at the event was pretty candid that the configuring the pipeline data destination to be SAP HANA, so that the aggregated data could live there, would be a common scenario.

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Edgewater Fullscope Poised to Showcase Unique Industry Solutions that Drive Growth at Microsoft Ignite

Athens, AL, Sept. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Edgewater Fullscope Poised to Showcase Unique Industry Solutions that Drive Growth at Microsoft Ignite, Also Have Presence at Microsoft Envision

Athens, AL – September 5 – Edgewater Fullscope, a leading provider of Microsoft Dynamics 365 (formerly Dynamics AX and CRM) as well as BI and consulting services, will showcase unique industry solutions at Microsoft’s Ignite conference and have a presence at Ignite’s connected event, the Microsoft Envision conference. Microsoft Ignite will take place from September 25-29 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Microsoft Envision will take place across the street at the Hilton Orlando from September 25-27.

Edgewater Fullscope will be in booth 2060 at the sold-out Ignite conference. Attendees can stop by to learn how Fullscope delivers successful digital transformations that drive growth with Microsoft Dynamics 365. Visitors can also see one-on-one demos of ERP, CRM and BI solutions highlighting specific benefits for manufacturing companies. We will also be offering advisory and technical services, leveraging Office 365, SharePoint, Azure, .NET and the rest of the Microsoft stack to provide innovative solutions that create business value. Fullscope’s industry experts will be on hand to discuss how Microsoft applications and the Internet of Things can be harnessed for business growth, strategy and efficient operations.

The Microsoft Ignite conference offers IT professionals the opportunity to connect with peers, explore new technology and get questions answered, as well as access over a thousand hours of content like training sessions, deep dives on products and live demos.

Microsoft Envision is a thought leadership conference where business leaders will gain strategic insights to help them engage customers, empower employees, optimize operations and transform their products in new and impactful ways through the power of today’s technology. Join Edgewater Fullscope at Envision to develop your strategic roadmap and explore what is possible through digital transformation. With your Microsoft Envision registration, access to Microsoft Ignite is included.

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What Does Oracle’s Embrace of CNCF Mean for Developers?

Fueled by the Docker phenomenon, Linux containers have gone mainstream as the easiest way to deploy software applications, packaged as bite-size services, in the cloud. But developers now face new questions, like how to orchestrate all these containerized applications, how to manage containers across multiple clouds, and whether serverless computing will make all this obsolete.

The good news for developers is how much energy is directed at addressing all these questions. The latest example comes from Oracle this week joining the Linux Foundation’s Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which focuses on driving adoption of container-packaged, microservices-oriented computing at enterprise scale. The Kubernetes container orchestration tool is a star technology in the CNCF. In addition to joining CNCF as a platinum member, Oracle has released Kubernetes on Oracle Linux, dedicated engineers to the Kubernetes project, and open sourced several tools including Smith, CrashCart, and Terraform Installer for Kubernetes on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

These moves bode well for cloud-native developers who want to avoid vendor lock-in while moving workloads to the cloud. “If Kubernetes provides a way to select the cloud you use, you gain maximum flexibility to choose the best environment,” says Bob Quillin, vice president of developer relations for the Oracle Container Native Group. “More and more of our customers have a multicloud approach.”

Too Many Microservices

The challenge of a microservices approach is that there are many more services to manage, and those services are ephemeral as they scale up and scale down. “Without automation, orchestration, and a built-in administration layer using tools like Kubernetes, you cannot take this to the enterprise level,” says Quillin.

With Kubernetes as the anchor, Quillin predicts that the CNCF’s projects will prove useful for cloud-native apps, DevOps-style continuous delivery, and hybrid workloads.

“CNCF was formed around the concept of an open, cloud-neutral, standards-based approach. That’s the key reason we’ve joined; it’s the hub for open source components that already have success in the field,” he says. “It supports those projects but also lets them run independently.”

Quillin knows this fast-morphing cloudscape well. In 2014, he founded StackEngine, a container technology company that was acquired by Oracle in 2015. His Austin-based team continued its efforts and, in 2016, launched Oracle Container Cloud Service. Oracle and CNCF share the goal of supporting Kubernetes and related tools for containerized applications at enterprise scale, across multiple clouds.

“With Oracle’s commitment to enterprise-grade networking and security, and bare metal performance being a core competency, supporting Kubernetes and its enterprise cloud adoption is very important to our customers,” says Quillin.

Will CNCF Make the Open Stack Mistake?

But can the CNCF avoid the fate of Open Stack, an earlier effort to create open source private and public clouds that had mixed results and poor adoption? CNCF’s approach is shaped by the community, he says, whereas Open Stack’s was defined more by vendors: “They had a complex stack of interconnected components that turned out to be very difficult to roll out in an enterprise.”

Several engineering teams at Oracle are dedicated to the Kubernetes effort, particularly in security, networking, and federation. TJ Fontaine, former Node.js project lead, is now Oracle’s lead contributor to Kubernetes. Jon Mittelhauser, Oracle vice president of container native engineering, joins CNCF’s governing board.

Quillin notes that there’s more to CNCF than Kubernetes, and that Oracle is using several promising tools under the CNCF umbrella, including Prometheus for monitoring, Open Tracing for instrumenting distributed code, gRPC for remote procedure calls, and OCI, the Open Container Initiative. “Kubernetes is the poster child for CNCF. But in order to operationalize containers, you also need to trace and monitor and debug and control,” he says.

Complementary to Serverless, DevOps

But what will the serverless trend mean for Kubernetes, and containers more broadly? Serverless and containers are complementary, not mutually exclusive, Quillin explains, and CNCF is likely to address how to make serverless work across clouds as well.

“Serverless means you begin to think more like a developer, with infrastructure taken care of for you. Amazon’s Lambda is notable, but that’s a closed solution that runs only on AWS,” Quillin says. “It’s not viable until it can be used cross-cloud or on premises. We are excited to work with the industry to develop an open, cloud-neutral serverless techonology, and CNCF is likely to be a leader in that effort.”

As more and more tools emerge for born-in-the-cloud apps, developers are embracing the microservices pattern and applying it to chunks of existing monoliths. This architecture pattern is predicated on continuous integration and delivery, which are tenets of DevOps. Today, Quillin says, tools like Kubernetes and Docker are leading the culture.

“Container technology is the killer app for DevOps because it’s intended to connect developers to production,” says Quillin. “A container is the best artifact to move from a developer’s laptop to QA to staging to production, so it’s a true enabler.”

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