Business innovators and software developers can now build scalable, data-focused applications and solutions
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – June 4, 2019 – Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge, today introduced Savanna Data Services, a cloud-based capability that provides a more complete business picture to help transform operations. This new capability is part of our breakthrough data intelligence platform – known as Zebra Savanna™ – which allows adopters to collect and process data from Zebra hardware in real time, turning raw data into actionable insights. The platform is designed to help unlock the potential of data to build more intelligent, productive applications and solutions.
“We recently used the Savanna platform to enhance our ability to deliver customers a complete view of their operations,” said Justin Griffith, CTO, StayLinked, also an ISV partner with Zebra. “We were able to easily link to the Savanna platform, extract valuable Zebra device information as well as complement and enhance our StayLinked iQ data, allowing us to help our customers accurately measure everything that impacts productivity to give them a competitive edge.”
The new Savanna Data Services make intelligent edge device data including third-party data services available via application programming interfaces (APIs) to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), software developers and business innovators. Savanna Data Services will empower business innovators and software developers to build cutting-edge solutions pertinent to individual business and customer needs, without the expense of maintaining and managing their own platform. The tools can be accessed at any time to integrate Zebra’s existing hardware, software and data ecosystems for maximum effect. Ultimately, using existing APIs shortens development cycles which further reduces costs such as maintenance, access and management.
“Savanna Data Services enable the creation of bespoke, innovative and compelling solutions that will revolutionize how enterprises operate,” said Drew Ehlers, Global Director, Portfolio Marketing, Enterprise Software, Office of the CTO, Zebra Technologies. “Our new developer experience allows users to exclusively leverage intelligent edge device data along with third-party data services via APIs through the Savanna platform to completely transform workflows, identify supply chain bottlenecks and produce outstanding business outcomes.”
Coupled with Zebra’s recent announcement of its plan to acquire Profitect, these new offerings further expand Zebra’s software capabilities and broaden Zebra’s commitment to deliver intelligent edge solutions. The future combination of real-time data that Zebra solutions capture with Profitect’s access to operational data, machine learning, and prescriptive analytics will further enable Zebra’s partners to empower front-line workers – across all industries – with the insights they need to make better, faster, smarter decisions.
“Our close collaboration with Zebra on its Savanna platform has enabled us to develop an automated solution for our manufacturing customers,” Brooks Canavesi, Sales Director, Problem Solutions. “We analyze data in real time via IoT devices which has resulted in enhanced operational visibility and increased safety around critical manufacturing facility infrastructure.”
Business innovators across retail, healthcare, transportation & logistics and manufacturing as well as software developers involved in printing, scanning, barcoding, RFID and indoor location tracking solutions will have access to vital maker APIs, blockchain traceability, barcode intelligence and recall notifications. All hosted on the Zebra Developer Portal, Savanna Data Services will be sold via a web-based, self-service model and can be accessed 24/7.
“We commonly hear the themes of pace and agility from our retail customers which particularly impact the supply chain. Savanna has provided us with the tools to iterate our click and collect solutions at the pace the market requires,” said Gary O’Connor, CTO, Doddle. “As a simple use case, we have used a print from cloud API to reduce the deployment time of our ‘ship from store’ proposition. Longer term, Savanna is a key component of our returns platform – using the blockchain ledger to distribute data across the supply chain to enable intelligent decisions – reducing handling costs and getting items back on sale more quickly.”
“We selected Savanna’s print API and blockchain authentication engine to enable total transparency for our customers needing accurate visibility of their raw materials used during the production and distribution process,” said Sameer Parekh, CEO, Qodenext. “This automation has resulted in significant inventory management savings as well as increased productivity and staff optimization. One customer has subsequently received intellectual property protection in the United States using the traceability solution in its manufacturing process.”