The collection of IoT (Internet of Things), Mobile, Cloud, Social, and Data Analytics trends are enabling a whole new era of intelligent solutions for businesses of all sizes. IDC calls this the Third Platform and Gartner calls it the Nexus of Forces. Whatever you want to call it, we are experiencing a historical transformation in the computing platform for businesses. Solution providers must accelerate their ability to develop solutions that leverage these collection of trends.
For an example of a Solution Provider leveraging this new computing platform, have a look at SteadyServ Technologies. SteadyServ has just launched the iKeg™, a mobile SaaS-based (software as a service) inventory management solution, for the beer industry. According to SteadyServ CEO and co-founder Steve Hershberger, “beer sold in retail establishments accounts for a $21bn industry, yet the industry still relies on the inaccurate process of ‘shaking the keg’ – the same method used since the inception of the product.” SteadyServ has set out to automate beer inventory management.
At the heart of their new solution is a sensor that easily attaches to the bottom of a beer keg. That sensor can tell a beer distributor or a tavern owner, in real time, exactly how many kegs are in the cooler and how much beer is left in each keg.
The iKeg™ system actually consists of three parts – the hardware, software and a mobile app. The hardware combines the aforementioned removable sensor ring and a RFID tag. Once the RFID tag is scanned, the cloud-based software receives the data from the sensor, tracking how much beer remains, type of beer, age and when it was delivered. Analytics in the iKeg™ solution measures and reports the real-time inventory of draft kegs, which is all accessible via a mobile app.
The iKeg™ mobile app allows you to send customizable automatic social alerts to Facebook and Twitter every time a new beer goes on tap. It also provides a number of fully-integrated tools to help promote your establishment, special event or a unique beer that you might want to highlight. Have a look at the mobile app in the video below.
Pretty neat, isn’t it?
The iKeg™ solution also automates the order and fulfillment process for the entire inventory of draft, bottled and canned beers. All this information is then tallied with the stock, the next delivery date, previous order information, event information, and past and future beer consumption trends. In addition, the iKeg™ solution uses advanced machine-to-machine communication technologies to ensure that the system is secure, reliable and highly scalable.
It seems to me SteadyServ has a bright future ahead. It’s a perfect example of an innovative solution provider leveraging the IoT (Internet of Things), Mobile, Cloud, Social, and Data Analytics trends. I see the a whole new era of similar cloud-based solutions that will be developed and implemented as part of this new computing platform.