Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Wipro partnership takes IoT through the Looking Glass

Steve Rogerson
January 28, 2015
Indian-based global information technology companyWipro and Software AG from Frankfurt have jointly developed an IoT platform for smart, connected products. The platform enables enterprises to understand how customers use their products in real time and adapt dynamically through streaming analytics
The aim was to provide real-time actionable intelligence for the IoT market, so the two companies came up with an idea that should give enterprises a competitive edge by responding to events in real time with unlimited scalability.
Wipro has developed Looking Glass, a streaming analytics based IoT platform with an architectural framework. In the first release, it is using Software’s big data streaming analytics product suite. The platform should provide enterprises with a fast and easy entry into the business possibilities offered by the IoT.
“Analytics and visualisation form important elements of this value proposition and the partnership with Software AG complements the other offerings in the framework that we enable for the customers,” said Alan Atkins, vice president at Wipro.
The current version of Looking Glass embeds the streaming analytics product suite, which is designed to integrate, capture, analyse and respond to IoT data. The components include a real-time analytics engine, in memory database technology, real-time user interface and mashup technologies. These components will scale in high speed and big data environments, in various industries such as financial services, manufacturing, supply chain and telecommunications.
“The key to successfully addressing the IoT market is the ability to rapidly build and evolve apps that tap into, analyse and make smart decisions on fast, big data,” said John Bates, CMO at Software. “This partnership addresses these requirements by combining Wipro’s dedicated Software AG product practice, support services and a sharp industry focus with Software AG’s industry leading streaming analytics product suite – together delivering a unique and powerful streaming analytics platform.”
Looking Glass can be run both on premises as well as hosted in a cloud or multiple clouds simultaneously. Through data management technologies, the platform has unlimited scalability to the enterprise. The foundation framework allows for the flexible and rapid development of customer specific designs at a lower cost and reduced risk. With cloud hosted analytics and algorithms that are accessible by digital sensors and devices, actions such as process updates, event responses and machine behaviour can be implemented.
“IoT poses a completely new challenge to system designers,” said Audi Lucas, senior architect at Wipro. “It’s about architectures that can continuously analyse streaming data, make smart decisions in very short timeframes and intelligently evolve system behaviour. It’s about the business impacts this can yield: taking advantage of opportunities, reducing cost and navigating around threats in real time. That’s what makes a system smart and gives it the ability to add value to the products and services we provide.”