IoT Use Case Adoption Report 2021

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430-page report examining the adoption of 48 IoT use cases across 4 types: smart operations, smart supply chain, connected products, and connected transport.


  • Adoption
    • By region/country
    • By industry
  • Detailed breakdown of spending (upfront, recurring, hardware, software, services)
  • Return on investment by use case
  • Use case investment priorities for the next two years
  • Key vendors and vendor satisfaction for the IoT use cases
  • Supporting technologies and their adoption (e.g., AI, blockchain, serverless architecture)
  • Best practices and lessons learned
  • Detailed Case studies

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IoT Use Cases Adoption Report 2021

The report analyzes 48 IoT use cases across four major metrics: adoption, spending, return on investment, and future investment priorities. Each use case is analyzed across every metric.

Rolling out IoT use cases can be complex; therefore, the report highlights best practices and case studies.

Find out:

  • Which IoT use cases are the most adopted (out of a list of 48 use cases)?
  • Which IoT use cases have the highest ROI?
  • How much do companies spend to implement IoT use cases?
  • How much do they spend on hardware, software, and services, respectively?
  • Which IoT use cases do companies plan to invest in in the next two years?
  • Which are the leading vendors for IoT use cases and how satisfied are end users?
  • Which supporting technologies do IoT end users implement as part of their IoT use case projects?
  • What are the best practices and lessons learned of companies that have adopted the IoT?

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At a glance:

Adoption heatmap: Detailed quantitative comparison across industries.

IoT Use Case Adoption Report 2021 - Adoption heat map

Results are shown in the context of the use case group.

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The IoT Use Cases Adoption Report shows usage and satisfaction for more than 80 vendors.
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Nearly 20 supporting technologies are analyzed across regions, company sizes, and industries.
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Detailed case studies help to understand best practices and challenges.

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Each use case has a detailed deep dive, including all key metrics.

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Selected companies from the report:

Microsoft, SAP, Accenture, Cisco, AWS, Google, IBM , Oracle, ABB, Honeywell, Salesforce, Bosch, AT&T, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, General Electric, Schneider Electric, Dell, Palo Alto Networks, and more…

Related Reading

IoT Analytics’ blog post “The top 10 IoT Use Cases” is derived from the report.

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Publication date

September 2021

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Table of Contents

Table of content (PDF)

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. Methodology
  4. Global Results
    1. 4.1 Use Case Adoption
    2. 4.2 Use Case Spending
    3. 4.3 Use Case ROI
    4. 4.4 Use Case Investment Priorities (Next Two Years)
  5. Key Vendors and Vendor Satisfaction
  6. Supporting Technologies
  7. Best Practices/Lessons Learned
  8. Case Studies
  9. Use Case Deep Dives
    1. a. Smart Operations
    2. b. Smart Supply Chain
    3. c. Connected Products
    4. d. Connected Transport
  10. Appendix

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