25 September 2013
Cloud products roundup: What's new at JavaOne and Oracle OpenWorld
"When asked why it was so important to bring development closer to the cloud, Artyom Astafurov, chief innovation officer of the custom software development firm DataArt, said, "because it makes our smaller devices more powerful and it makes them part of a bigger solution." This bigger solution refers to the integration opportunities that the cloud provides, allowing teams and their resources to be compatible and to have a development experience that is collaborative and multi-disciplinary. With more and more organizations migrating to the cloud, the demand for cloud products is rapidly increasing, and many products at this year'sJavaOne and Oracle OpenWorld are taking advantage of the trend. Let's take a look at some of the products that are available.
In Astafurov's demonstration, attendees will learn how to make an Internet of Things (IoT) app using Oracle's Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME), a framework that connects devices and applications to the cloud. When asked why it was important for a product like JavaMe to bring these devices to the cloud, Astafurov explained, "The closer you bring them together, the more benefit you get from development." One of these benefits seems to be the time that developers save. The demo component of the presentation simulates an embedded development scenario that uses Java ME to expedite a usually lengthy process. "It's a few lines of code instead of a massive development effort," Astafurov explained. How might this be useful in daily life? Astafurov believes bringing the cloud to IoT development will make it easier to gather and manipulate data, whether that means people tracking, monitoring environment (e.g. pollen or carbon monoxide levels) or automating household operations, such as implementing smart meters to control temperature levels."