IoT Strategies

The Internet of Things is the single most important technology trend today. It is front-of-mind for many corporate management teams as well as the myriad of technology vendors that support and supply them. But, as usual, there’s a lot of hyperbole associated with this new and emerging concept. For instance, contemporary visions of the Internet of Things as a ‘connected future’ somewhat underestimate the complexity of that future. The Internet of Things will be comprised of a huge number of Subnets of Things (SoTs), all operating according to their own standards, protocols and data and semantic models.

Machina Research’s IoT Strategies Research Stream aims to strip away the hype to expose the true dynamics at play in this complex yet critical space, examining all the key issues associated with how sensor data is managed to build IoT applications and services.

Key themes

The topics covered by this Research Stream include the following:

  • Monetisation of data, emerging standards, data management, privacy, and application topographies.
  • IoT software platforms and best practice in the space
  • Issues of privacy and security in IoT
  • The role of data models within Subnets of Things and abstraction of data models to support Internet of Things applications.
  • The new IoT economy, examining how the growth of IoT will fundamentally change business models and economic relationships. 
  • Profiles of the most interesting new and emerging players in the IoT space.
  • Commentary on entities that are collectively pushing the edge of the envelope for this new and emerging concept of the IoT.
  • The impact on related entities ranging from database and corporate IT providers through to providers of co-location space.


During the course of twelve months, the anticipated deliverables for this Research Stream will include the following:

  • Research Notes providing commentary on the key themes as identified above.
  • Strategy Reports providing more in-depth commentary on major issues
  • Access to the existing library of previous publications.
  • Direct access to Machina Research’s team of industry analysts.

Lead Analyst

The lead analyst for this Research Stream is Jim Morrish.

Latest reports in this Research Stream

04 April 2017
Report type: Research Note
One of the most prominent technology trends of the last two years has been the rapid emergence and evolution of new user interfaces using natural language, such as Alexa, Siri and Cortana. This trend will also have significant implications for IoT. This Research Note shares how improvements in cognitive computing, ...
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29 March 2017
Report type: Research Note
The complexity of IoT use cases, and the transformational nature of IoT across the enterprise, results in the need for various players to offer an end-to-end solution as none can do it on its own. This in turn has led to the creation of ecosystems. Although there is much research ...
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16 March 2017
Report type: Research Note
The annual Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona is increasingly a bell-weather for the whole technology space, and has put a significant focus of the Internet of Things in recent years, albeit with a mobile skew. It represents an opportunity for our analysts to immerse themselves for a week with ...
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IoT Strategies reports

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