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The Global Market for M2M Devices Is Huge!

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that the above-listed markets are huge! M2M is another category of enterprise mobili

The global market for machine-to-machine (M2M) device connections will grow from 62 million devices in 2010 to 2.1 billion devices in 2020, according to a new report from Analysys Mason (London, UK). With a year-on-year growth rate of between 36 percent and 52 percent.  M2M is predicted to be one of the fastest growing wireless connectivity sectors in the next decade.

Wireless M2M Sensors

Some of the biggest enterprise M2M markets are the following:
  • energy and utilities
  • security and surveillance
  • health care and acute disease tracking
  • in vehicle GPS and entertainment systems
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that the above-listed markets are huge!  M2M is another category of enterprise mobility that takes advantage of mobile technologies and miniaturized sensors and monitoring equipment to send and receive data wirelessly to and from a centralized server.  On the server is management software that allows the human to understand what is going on in remote locations.

The growth in the M2M market must also be accompanied by advances in EAM (enterprise asset management) solutions so the data can be viewed and used effectively.  In addition to EAM solutions, business intelligence solutions need to be developed to interpret vast quantities of data in real time to make the data usable.

I have shared this story before on this blog, but I believe it is worth repeating.  The oil rig that exploded, burned and sank this summer in the Gulf of Mexico causing a huge oil spill had hundreds of M2M sensors on it.  The problem was that the huge amounts of real time data was not interpreted in real time to provide actionable intelligence.  The data told the story, but was only analyzed after the accident, not before.

M2M sensors and the data that is wirelessly flowing needs both the EAM and BI solutions to go along with them.  I expect that companies like Syclo and ClickSoftware in the SAP ecosystem will be developing additional M2M management solutions to support this rapidly growing market.

I have been writing a regular newsletter on M2M market developments that you can read here.

Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict is an opinionated futurist, Principal Analyst at the Center for Digital Intelligence™, C4DIGI.com, emerging technologies analyst, and digital transformation and business strategy consultant. In the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries, and is a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. He spent nearly 5 years working as a Senior Analyst at Cognizant (CTSH), and 2 years serving in Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work where he wrote many reports, hundreds of articles, interviewed technology experts, and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries. He has written articles published in The Guardian, wrote the Forward to SAP Press' book titled "Mobilizing Your Enterprise with SAP", published over 3,000 articles and was featured as thought leader and digital strategist in the Department of Defense's IQT intelligence journal. Kevin lectures and leads workshops, teaches and consults with companies and government agencies around the world to help develop digital transformation and business strategies. Visit his website at C4DIGI.com.