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Can M2M Technology Exist Without Human Interaction?

SAP Radio Coffee Break with Game-Changers Logo-121211.JPGWhen we look at the business benefits of technology we typically measure success in savings of time and dollars. But, what we often overlook is how innovations in Machine to Machine technology (M2M) are enhancing our lifestyles and even making the world a safer place.

On August 8, 2012 SAP Radio host Bonnie D. Graham described M2M as “the promise of a world of connected devices, where machines of all types and sizes can autonomously communicate with each other.”

From smart cities, smart grids, GM OnStar, wireless health tracking, and more “Real-world examples exist; it’s not just theoretical,” said Jason Sumner senior editor with the Economist on SAP Radio. But can machines connect with themselves and execute complex actions without human involvement? No, said Joe Dignan, Chief Analyst at Ovum; “M2M needs a human ‘guiding mind’ somewhere in the interaction.”

Yet despite successful examples of M2M including the great technological successes at the London 2012 Olympics, Fergus O’Reilly, Chief Solution Expert for SAP said “most companies I talk to underestimate just how significantly the move to M2M will affect their people, processes and systems.”

The M2M conversation is deep and fascinating. Get the whole story on SAP Radio here.

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