IoT Platforms Best Practices

25 January 2016
Report type: Strategy Report
Author(s): Isabel Chapman
Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, IoT, Internet of Things, Platforms, Middleware, Applications, Analytics, Big Data, Digital Twins, IIoT, Verticals, Best Practices, Competitors, Systems Integrators, SIs, Partners, Developers, Ecosystems
Companies: Aeris, Actility, Alcatel-Lucent, Amazon, AWS, Bosch, Cisco, Cumulocity, Ericsson, Digi, GE, HPE, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Jasper, Mformation, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, PLAT.ONE, PTC, Sierra Wireless, Stream Technologies, ThingWorx, Wind River, Xively
Number of Pages: 47

This Strategy Report compares and contrasts the strategies adopted by 20 of the most important software platform vendors active in IoT, examining feature sets and company ecosystem positioning, and determining best practice.

It has been two years since Machina Research put a stake in the ground and tried to corral an amorphous mass of middleware, software, and actual platforms collectively titled “IoT Platforms” into a taxonomy that defined different types of platforms that alone or together could be pieced into a solution for customers (see Research Note ‘Competitive Dynamics in the M2M Platforms Space’, January 2014). Our taxonomy has evolved with the expanded IoT platform landscape; providing more granularity and capturing the rise of analytics and marketplaces (see ‘The M2M/IoT platforms space has evolved into a highly sophisiticated environment', July 2015). Concurrent with expanded definitions there was a need to exemplify companies that fell either into one or many of these platform types. Moreover, it was felt that this curated list should seek to address the wide spectrum of quality within the IoT platforms space by highlighting best practices of these companies. This Strategy Report  seeks to provide analysis of what comprises best practice, and how companies are seeking to address what they are viewing as future IoT trends.

This report is separated into three sections:

  • Best Practice Analysis - Summarizes vendor interviews and what Machina Research views as broader trends in the platform space. Three larger themes emerge, specifically macro-level best practice, features as hygiene factors, and environmental best practices – that is, best practices outside of the platform solution itself.
  • Vendor Profiles - Provides profiles and our views on a curated list of 20 platform vendors of a broad range of sizes, offerings, and geographies, examining capabilities such as Platform Features and Security; Integration with Legacy Devices and Customer Systems; Partnerships; Customers, Scalability and Vertical Focus; Competitors and Strengths; and Vision for IoT.
  • Conclusions & Recommendations - The Machina Research summation of best practices and viable next steps in its Conclusions and Recommendations.

Machina Research, in seeking to find examples of best practices across platform types, focused on a cross-section of companies in terms of geography as well as size. There were companies well known for being great at one type of platform (e.g. Connectivity Support with Jasper; Device Management with Digi) and those who offered different types of platform (e.g. IBM and others). The 20 companies profiled are as follows: Actility, Aeris, AWS, Bosch Software Innovations, Cumulocity, Digi, Ericsson, GE, HPE, IBM, Jasper, Microsoft, Nokia (including Alcatel-Lucent), Oracle, PLAT.ONE, Sierra Wireless, Stream Technologies, ThingWorx by PTC, Wind River, and Xively by LogMeIn.

Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, IoT, Internet of Things, Platforms, Middleware, Applications, Analytics, Big Data, Digital Twins, IIoT, Verticals, Best Practices, Competitors, Systems Integrators, SIs, Partners, Developers, Ecosystems

47 pages

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