IoT Platforms

IoT or Industry 4.0 has quite a few hardware and software vendors. They may have varying levels of compatibility with your existing infrastructure and assets. It is worthwhile evaluating which mix of hardware and software serves your unique needs.

Here is just a small taste of what is available in the market.

Amazon AWS IoT
Amazon launched its cloud services platform called Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006. It even came up with Amazon Lambda that charges you according to the usage of computing power instead of the duration. The IoT offering of AWS extends upon its cloud computing capabilities and adds the A.I. functionality that Amazon is making a lot of progress in.

Microsoft Azure IoT
Microsoft is well known for its Windows operating system and the Office applications. Its CEO, Satya Nadella, has focused on the cloud strategy since taking over the role. The combined suite of operating systems, office applications, database and cloud is already pretty impressive. With the addition of IoT capabilities, Microsoft is becoming a serious value proposition for an end-to-end IoT offering.

Google Cloud IoT
Google is known more for its search, maps and Android operating system than for IoT. However, it is the vast amount of data collection and processing experience that Google has acquired over the years that allows it to position itself quite well in the IoT space.

IBM Watson IoT
IBM Watson is known for being able to compete in game shows and to play board games. The same A.I. that makes Watson good at playing is allowing IBM to bring it into the IoT space.

SAP Leonardo
SAP is well known as one of the leading ERP software providers. Its Leonardo suite connects the machines in the factory with the standard products that SAP is known for. It appeals to corporate customers who are committed to an SAP strategy.

Oracle IoT
Oracle has been quite a competitor to Microsoft in the database space. Its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2009 has enabled Oracle to build upon the capabilities of Java. Oracle's IoT offering is based upon leveraging the developer base accustomed to Java.

ThingWorx by PTC
ThingWorx became a part of the PTC family in 2013. Since then, PTC has focused on connecting all of its offerings together. The IoT suite by PTC has technical advantages beyond what is visible at the surface.

Ubuntu for IoT
Ubuntu is open source and is a Linux distribution provided by Canonical. Ubuntu for IoT has a unique offering of connectivity that appeals to a base of developers who adhere to the open source philosophy.

There are several options for anyone evaluating their IoT strategy. The more the options, the more important it is to have considered them before committing to one or the other. Reversing a path of IoT innovation could be extremely costly for any corporation. Due diligence at the start of the journey is required more than ever.

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