IDC issues new MarketScape for Internet of Things (IoT) providers


International Data Corporation (IDC) has released its newest MarketScape assessment focusing on the analysis of companies that provide cellular connectivity management and/or other capabilities such as device management for the Internet of Things (IoT).

According to IDC, an IoT platform is a commercial software product which offers “combination of management of IoT endpoints and connectivity; access, ingestion, and processing of IoT data; visualization and analysis of IoT data; and IoT application development and integration tools.

The new report can be considered as an add-on to the earlier released vendor assessment for software vendors in the IoT platforms market, which covered 12 software vendors and based on a set of parameters that grade both the short- and long-term success.

Titled “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IoT Platforms (Device and Network Connectivity Providers) 2018 Vendor Assessment”, the new report evaluates 11 vendors including AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, Orange Business Services, Particle, Sierra Wireless, Telefonica, Telit, Verizon, and Vodafone.

“As the IoT platform market matures, a segment of the vendor landscape is beginning to evolve connectivity management–based offerings into broader application enablement platforms,” said IDC’s Stacy Crook, research director with IDC’s IoT Ecosystem and Trends Research Practice. “The challenge is to target the right opportunities and cultivate the optimal go-to-market strategy in a market rife with competition for developers and partners.”

The report suggests that users and businesses should consider several points when choosing the IoT platform connectivity provider including:

  • Types of connectivity required for their specific use case
  • Geographic requirements and associated coverage
  • Data plan costs for connectivity
  • Device types that will need to be supported
  • Data types that will be gathered, processed, and analyzed
  • API access to platform capabilities

You can find the MarketScape report over at IDC’s website (registration required).


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