The general problem with point solutions is that they are point solutions.
Point solutions, as a rule, do a good job solving the specific problems they were designed to solve. The flip side is that they do nothing else. Point solutions just aren’t designed to look beyond their silo.
For a modern enterprise – that’s a big problem!
A modern enterprise could contain hundreds of M2M point solutions. These point solutions represent islands of information that will prevent full organizational efficiency from being achieved.
Remember how hard it was to get your sales force automation system to talk to your financial system. A million dollars, a bunch of high priced consultants, and maybe you’ll get a simple integration. (Oh by the way, it will break as soon one of the systems is upgraded.)
Now what happens if you want your fleet management system to integrate with your vending management system and both of them to interact with your supply chain automation system -> sounds like a problem.
A better solution for M2M is to base all of your organization’s device (or product) interactions and applications on a single M2M platform. An M2M platform acts as a system of record for all real-time device communication. It provides shape to those real-time data sources and gives them a web-orientated programmable representation. In effect, an M2M platform normalizes an organization’s device interactions and provides a hub for organizational optimization.
The real power of M2M is using one real-time source of information to automate a myriad of business processes. A single source of M2M data will likely touch many aspects of your business – the last thing that you want is to go to the trouble instrumenting your devices - only to find their use is limited.
For M2M - think platform.