This pedigree encouraged Vodacom to buy a 50.1 percent stake in XLink back in 2007 and it has become a cornerstone to Vodacom parent company Vodafone’s M2M roadmap. In a report, Gartner specifically singled out XLink as part of Vodafone’s M2M muscle. That’s not a surprise: XLink’s customer list reads like a who’s who of the South African business world. It has developed solutions for all the major banks, dozens of speciality retailers, the cream of hospitality and entertainment companies, the food industry, medical companies and the public sector.
“At XLink, we apply a methodology that has been honed from our experience. The first step is to help companies manage their assets and processes remotely. Thus we enable them to detect faults and optimise their resources. This leads to reduced costs and sustainable compliance with their regulatory framework. Sometimes our clients are able to leapfrog steps as their understanding of M2M’s potential grows.”
The nature of M2M, in the right hands, allows for both quick wins and long-term success. For example, by simply enabling Johnson & Johnson to monitor its water consumption, XLink was able to realise quick and substantial cost savings by discovering water leaks. The way to see results with M2M systems is by delivering solutions that work with a business and ties into its existing infrastructure. Thus XLink works closely with vendors and systems integrators to ensure its automation and monitoring systems align with the desired outcomes. It has also cultivated a strong partner network of both local and international M2M/big data players, including smart grid specialists Cyan Holdings, Green Gain consulting and Digilex legal services.
“M2M can often be at the bleeding edge, but companies want stability and predictive results. XLink has positioned itself to bridge that gap. We help incubate technologies so they become enterprise-ready, which we manage by understanding and maintaining everything in the M2M play, whether it is hardware, software, connectivity or integration with existing platforms. We also bring our knowledge to the table though consultancy roles, helping companies make sense of their M2M strategy before committing to any solution.”
M2M is fast growing to being the buzzword of 2015 and the years after that. As such, many will talk a big game and promise amazing things. But M2M is one of the most transformative technology trends of recent memory. It’s something a company wants to get right from the start. So talk to the people who have built the benchmark of excellence that even multinationals look up to. Unless of course you prefer worrying to sleeping at 3am.
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