At the Salesforce conference were several interesting IOT demonstrations.
One of them could Docker to be run inside a Raspberry Pi. This can be used for seamless OTA upgrade of IOT software. Another allowed instant analysis of the chemical composition of a drug and the information is connected to an app.
Another interesting demo was Built.io, which is like an IFTTT for different apis and IOT flows – a virtual circuit diagram allows inputs to be cascaded together in a flexible manner to achieve a variety of outcomes.
Salesforce made the announcement of the IOT Cloud which is built on Salesforce Thunder, a massively scalable real-time event-processing engine. Business can create alerts or filters to identity important data from event streams. This can be used to send alerts from manufacturers to customers or customers to manufacturers, for instance for a malfunctioning device or for a car recall.
Marc Benioff – “The Salesforce IOT Cloud will empower businesses to build proactive 1:1 relationships with their customers to deliver a new kind of customer success”.
Here’s a review of this announcement with the opinion that it is currently more of a positioning statement than a real capability – http://www.zdnet.com/article/dreamforce-2015-salesforce-thunder-unavailable-2016/