IoT Platforms & Software

IoT platforms are the central piece in the Internet of Things architecture that connects the real and the virtual worlds to enable communication between objects, manage the data flows, support application development and provide basic analytics for connected IoT devices.

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Soft PLCs: The industrial innovator’s dilemma

Soft PLCs: The industrial innovator’s dilemma

In short Software is increasingly replacing hardware in industrial environmentsSoftware-based controllers (Soft PLCs) today are reliable, powerful and flexible.Soft PLC adoption is expected to double between 2019 and 2025, posing an “innovator’s dilemma” for incumbent industrial automation vendors.Actions taken by incumbents will prevent significant disruption in the near-term, but the long-term...

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The top 5 IT priorities for 2021

The top 5 IT priorities for 2021

What does the IT world look like when we return to the new normal after a wild and unexpected 2020? The answer: In 2021, IT priorities will be different but not drastically.  This is one of many findings of IoT Analytics’ latest 36-page publication titled Industrial IT Outlook 2021 which surveyed 50 senior IT decision-makers in the manufacturing,...

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IoT edge computing – what it is and how it is becoming more intelligent

IoT edge computing – what it is and how it is becoming more intelligent

In short IoT edge computing resources are becoming increasingly intelligentThere are 7 key characteristics that make modern edge computing more intelligent (including open architectures, data pre-processing, distributed applications)The intelligent industrial edge computing market is estimated to reach $30.8B by 2025, up from $11.6B in 2020 (see new 248-page report) Why it matters IT/OT...

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5 themes that dominated tech and IoT conferences in Q2 2020

5 themes that dominated tech and IoT conferences in Q2 2020

The first round of virtual conferences among the Covid-19 pandemic is behind us. The IoT Analytics team attended 12 virtual conferences during the second quarter of 2020, each with a focus on the enterprise technology stack and each with some relevance for the Internet of Things. The 12 virtual conferences attended include: Alibaba Cloud SummitAVEVA World DigitalAWS SummitMicrosoft BuildCisco...

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Top 10 IoT applications in 2020

Top 10 IoT applications in 2020

Which are the hottest application areas for the Internet of Things right now? IoT Analytics continues to track in which verticals most IoT projects are happening. The latest 2020 analysis shows that most IoT projects still happen in Manufacturing/Industrial settings, with verticals such as Transportation/Mobility, Energy, Retail and Healthcare having also increased their relative share in...

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5 IoT Security best practices to consider after the Covid-19 lockdown

5 IoT Security best practices to consider after the Covid-19 lockdown

In short Covid-19 is leading to a surge in IT, OT and IoT security adoption.IoT Analytics published a comprehensive 123-page report detailing the $2.8B IoT Security market (2019), including current trends, technologies, and competitive landscape.IoT Analytics suggests for organizations to particularly look at 5 IoT Security best practices after the Covid-19 lockdown: 1. Managing the...

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Our View On IoT Platforms & Software

IoT platforms are the central piece in the Internet of Things architecture that connects the real and the virtual worlds to enable communication between objects, manage the data flows, support application development and provide basic analytics for connected IoT devices.

Five types of IoT Platforms are defined:

1. Connectivity Platforms

… offer coverage capabilities and solutions for connecting the IoT device, managing and orchestrating connectivity, and provisioning communication services for connected IoT devices.

2. Device Management Platforms

… handle provisioning tasks to ensure connected devices are deployed, configured, and kept up-to-date with regular firmware/software updates.

3. IaaS / Cloud Backend Platforms

… offer a scalable enterprise grade backend for data management of IoT applications and services.

4. Application Enablement Platforms (AEPs)

… enable developers rapidly create, test, and deploy an IoT application or service.

5. Advanced Analytics Platforms

… offer sophisticated analytics tools including machine learning techniques and streaming analytics capabilities to extract actionable insights from IoT data.

Our Lead Expert

Matthew Wopata

Matthew Wopata

Principal Analyst

Matthew is a principal analyst based in the USA, focusing on industrial technologies. He is IoT Analytics’ lead expert for Industrial IoT, including Industry 4.0 and Industrial Software.

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