Q&A with Jürgen Hase of Deutsche Telekom
VSM: Deutsche Telekom's “Developer Garden” international portal is already one of the most important destinations for developers. Why have you now also launched a “Developer Community” for M2M (Machine to machine)?
JH: Over the last three years, Developer Garden has grown into a successful hub for programmers. Over 7,000 users are already active on the portal. We now want to continue this success story and integrate our M2M Developer Community into the Developer Garden portal. We are offering developers of M2M solutions a knowledge exchange and networking platform, expert support, as well as practical APIs and help with programming SDKs. The Developer Community will be an ideas catalyst to support the growth of M2M technology. We believe that in the future, we will need new ideas and solutions for a variety of applications in different industries.
VSM: How are developers benefiting from the new portal, and what exactly can they do there?
JH: Through the Developer Community, we are offering programmers access to Deutsche Telekom's connectivity services so that they can integrate these services easily into their M2M solutions. For example: a developer wants to determine the location of the relevant smartphone user for a mobile business app. He can easily integrate this functionality into his application by using our location API. Programmers from all over the world can exchange ideas and implementation methods on the portal. In addition to the community, a team of experts from Deutsche Telekom is available to offer advice for more complex queries. Developers can also purchase the hardware they need for a project on our M2M marketplace with just a few clicks. We will shortly be offering developers a very exciting new tool, which can test an M2M solution in a virtualized environment and, where applicable, quickly clear any bugs.
VSM: When applications are ready for release, how can developers take their products to market?
JH: This is where the M2M Marketplace, which we launched at the beginning of June, can help them. It is here that we bring together all the players in M2M communication – and give developers the opportunity to market their programs. In this way, we want to significantly shorten the time between the idea and commercialization.
VSM: M2M communication is a complex topic. What enables Deutsche Telekom to operate an M2M developer portal?
JH: Deutsche Telekom has many years of experience in M2M communication. In 2010, we bundled our international knowledge and expertise into the M2M Competence Center. We not only provide the basis for every M2M solution: the network connection via SIM cards; the best networks and competitive prices. Our strength is that we bring network, IT know-how and industry competence together. We offer everything required for an M2M solution to work securely, from a single source, from pure data transmission through to complex applications. Finally, we have been able to gather experience in administering and supporting a developer portal over the past few years with the successful Developer Garden.