Wind River has formally completed the buyout that separates it from Intel, and once again the 37-year-old company is on its own. I spoke with President and CEO Jim Douglas to understand how the company, once a scion of the industrial and embedded software world, plans to adapt itself to a future that’s radically different than what Wind River started out in.
Douglas gets it. His vision for Wind River is audacious. The company began life building software for industrial and embedded customers that would control custom-build machines designed to perform a single function. It’s now pushing its industrial customers to learn from the cloud computing world, so they can adapt to the scale needed for a world with billions of connected sensors.
This is a challenge that Microsoft and Amazon are tackling as well as startups such as Resin.io and Zededa. I’m constantly searching for the new architectures we’ll use to build out the internet of things. I believe that computing will need to be decentralized and happen at the edge, for a number of reasons. I’m also certain that in the near term there will be a lot of vertical specialization; asset tracking will require something different than video processing and industrial shops will have different needs than a retailer, for example.