What to Expect from Enterprise IoT this Year

What to expect from enterprise IoT this year
Hot on the heels of an interesting 2015 in the enterprise IoT world, this year is set to be even more promising. Last year saw new solutions and platforms emerge and a marked boost in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity. The enterprise community is now fully embracing IoT as a driving theme for the future of enterprise software. Here is a look at some of the things we can expect in this area in the coming months.

Startups Forcing Innovation
The high number of IoT startups that popped up in the enterprise space last year is pushing innovation in the area and causing the big vendors to continue to evolve and improve their offerings.

PaaS Gets on Board
Platform as a service (PaaS) providers such as IBM, AWS, Salesforce, and Microsoft Azure have launched complete IoT platforms, which means new startups will have a harder time gaining ground.

Standalone Platforms Still in the Game
Some earlier IoT platforms that concentrate on infrastructure and backend capabilities without relying on PaaS solutions will remain relevant, such as ThingWorx, Jasper, and Xively.

IoT vertical solutions and apps will play a role
Some big industrial names are already addressing issues such as smart energy consumption, vehicle telemetry, and asset management with specialized IoT hardware/software solutions. Enterprises that are evaluating these solutions need to consider interoperability with other technologies when choosing an approach.

IoT Data Services Will Drive Value
IoT data services can bring a lot of value to enterprise IoT solutions, so firms will want to look out for capabilities such as real-time analytics and stream data processing.

While this year might not be the year we see IoT enterprise technology become fully adopted across the board, it will be a pivotal year when it comes to building the foundation of next-generation enterprise software solutions.