Hello and welcome to the first ever oobe (that’s oo-bee:) blog post. My name is Greg Roll. I am a principal consultant here at oobe and have also been recently anointed as a Mobility MVP by Citrix.
One of my roles within oobe is to look at new technologies and products and see how we can best deliver them to our customers to drive efficiencies and productivity. In this first of three posts I want to give you an overview of the Octoblu demo we delivered at our booth at the Technology In Government (http://www.acevents.com.au/techingov/) conference this year.
Some time ago I was set a challenge by one of our colleagues, Hamish Podger, who is a sales engineer for Citrix based here in Canberra. Hamish’s challenge was to harness the power of Octoblu to dispense a lolly when someone retweeted an oobe tweet. All of us thought it was a very creative idea so I set myself the challenge to finish it before this year’s conference.
For those of you who may not know, Octoblu was acquired by Citrix in 2014. Citrix describes Octoblu as the Integration of Everything – a play on words for the phrase the Internet of Things (IoT). Chris Matthieu, co-founder of Octoblu describes Octoblu like this:
Our original mission was to connect everything to everything (people, systems, and things). We have been focusing on building a secure Internet of Things (IoT) mesh network/platform and web application to easily create and deploy flows that run 24/7 with the click of a button.
Octoblu is a secure IoT platform. Wikipedia describes IoT like this:
The Internet of Things (IoT, sometimes Internet of Everything) is the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity to enable objects to exchange data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected devices based on the infrastructure of International Telecommunication Union's Global Standards Initiative. The Internet of Things allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration between the physical world and computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020.
If you weren’t able to attend Technology In Government this year, the remainder of this post is a quick overview of what we achieved with Octoblu. Before I begin I just want to say a big thank you to the Octoblu team for their help and support, especially Peter DeMartini. Without their help and quick response to my questions I wouldn’t have met my goal.
Now I have the introductions out of the way let’s get in to the good stuff – Octoblu!