The Challenge

AT&T approached Citrusbyte with the goal of creating a cloud-based fully managed data storage service that provides the fundamental tools and infrastructure to facilitate development of M2M products and applications.

The primary goals were

  • Build a developer focused ecosystem that simplifies M2M development and provides data analytics, visualization and management tools.
  • Provide granular access to stored data via a robust RESTful API.
  • Maintain data security at every stage of development and ensure reliable large scale performance.
  • Support a wide array of popular hardware and device languages with M2X client libraries.
  • Design and build a full suite of developer tools and documentation.
  • Establish a business model and build relationships with prospective and early customers.
  • Foster and engage development community by participating in Hackathons, conferences, and existing developer communities.

The Solution

From zero to launch Citrusbyte designed, built and launched the M2X service from the ground up utilizing the latest methods and technologies, and building on top of AT&T’s internal OpenStack cloud platform, Silver Lining.

  • Implementation

    M2X was built for developers by developers. Citrusbyte designed a full-featured RESTful API for the M2X service, and developed 22 open source client libraries, documentation, and examples to encourage developers on all platforms.

  • Customer Development

    Citrusbyte performed all customer development and business case modeling for M2X. Targeting customers to utilize the M2X service in the early stages of development enabled M2X to evolve into a powerful, innovative service.

  • Design & Program management

    Citrusbyte coordinated design and UI/UX resources, and worked with AT&T internal product managers, legal, marketing, IT, operations, security and compliance departments to develop an overall solution that met all product vision goals, while complying with internal policies and procedures.

  • Ecosystem Visibility

    Citrusbyte organized and attended a series of hackathons and events providing M2X with enhanced visibility in the M2M market. Participation in these events helped to grow the user base of M2X during the early stages of development. This growing and active user base provided Citrusbyte and AT&T with invaluable insight in regards to what M2X users want and need from the service.

AT&T M2X Birdie

The Solution

Citrusbyte, working closely with key stakeholders at AT&T, designed and built a powerful and secure data storage service that simplifies M2M development enabling users to quickly build innovative network enabled products and bring them to market.

M2X has enabled an ecosystem of over 20 billion connected people, processes and data in less than 3 months. On average M2X handles over 200,000 requests per day, storing over 24 million unique data points to date. The service is scaled to grow with the ability to handle millions of requests per day and store billions of unique data points.

“Citrusbyte is the only software consulting firm that I have ever worked with that not only delivered an amazing product, but also helped us find product-market fit, sourced and signed our early customers, and changed the way our internal teams built software. They are truly a strategic partner.”

Andy Davis
Senior Solutions Architect, AT&T