During the Software AG Sales Kick off held in Madrid, the software manufacturer gave the keys to its strategy after acquiring companies such as Cumulocity and Zementis.
Software AG is undergoing its own transformation during recent years, focusing on areas of growing demand from companies such as the internet of things and artificial intelligence . These are sectors in which it has invested 1,200 million euros, both in its development laboratories and through acquisitions.
Yesterday he told us about it in a meeting with the press, taking advantage of the AG Sales Kick off software celebration, held in Madrid. For the company, IoT is an area of strategic growth. He calculates that during the next few years the deployments of these environments will grow around 70%, which is why he already announced last year the purchase of Cumulocity , a company specialized in it.
As a whole, Software AG has developed a series of unified services to facilitate connection, management and extension with other business applications , that is, to cover the entire life cycle of the data handled in the IoT.
It is an open platform that uses standard protocols, as indicated during the event Bernd Gross, CEO of Cumulocity . What differentiates them is that they offer “the same software to manage both the cloud and the edge”, so customers do not have to use different versions depending on what they want to do.
As a whole, the Cumulocity platform allows you to accelerate the deployment of solutions, automate workflows, integrate business resources with the cloud, connect and manage all the devices that come into play and, last but not least, apply analytics and visualization of the data in real time.
“It is the IoT platform designed for the Industry, with open APIs to connect with any application, any network, any device. In short, to make any integration with the systems that customers already have, “said Gross.
The manager showed some cases of use of the platform, such as the projects deployed with Certuss, iConn, STC, Cloud Nurse and Winora , from various sectors. “Each project is a mini transformation project,” he added.
Artificial intelligence, very linked to the IoT
At the end of 2016, Software AG announced another of its strategic acquisitions: Zementis , specialized in Artificial Intelligence. According to data offered by the company, the IA will generate a volume of business in 2025 of the order of 60,000 million dollars, so you have to be in that field yes or yes.
Michael Zeller, Software AG SVP Artificial Intelligence Strategy & Innovation , spent his time talking about it and what Zementis technology is able to provide: ” IoT and artificial intelligence are inseparable, ” he explained in clear reference to the need to apply intelligence to any application, also those dedicated to the internet of things. This is because an automated control is necessary to be able to respond to the huge amount of data generated by the sensors of the connected devices .
And to be able to do so, it is essential to apply algorithms based on IA and Machine Learning , so that the systems themselves, based on the models designed, are learning and reacting to each situation practically without the need for human intervention.
Within the world of artificial intelligence there is much to tell, but the truth is that everything comes down to be able to automate processes in an intelligent way that are capable of predicting the future based on the in-depth analysis of the data handled by organizations . That is precisely what is achieved with Zementis, the framework based on standards to facilitate the delivery of solutions in all industries and applications.
And without leaving Industry 4.0 aside , it is also interesting to talk about the joint venture ADAMOS (ADAptive Manufacturing Open Solutions), formed by the companies DMG MORI , Dürr , Software AG , ZEISS and ASM PT .
Its objective is to position itself as a global standard for the industry and attract other manufacturers of machinery and devices related to mechanics and industrial plants . In this way, the IoT will become an asset by default for companies that decide to acquire solutions and industrial machinery: when they acquire them, they will not have to consider carrying out an independent IoT deployment project since it will be available as part of the solution .
This is an attractive initiative with great growth potential over the next few years should it finally become a global standard.