In the market for connected things, complexity defines the challenge. Every machine, sensor, and communication device requires assessment to determine the best set of hardware and software components to extract and transport relevant machine data from the connected object to an application. This problem by itself supports a whole industry of system integrators, IT and industrial services providers, consulting firms, OEMs, operators, and internal product and IT teams. But it also has given rise to suppliers of platforms and middleware intended to simplify collection and normalization of machine data for M2M/IoT applications.
This service focuses on the value-added services end of the IoT/M2M value chain. It assesses and quantifies the supplier, technology, and standards environment driving application enablement, application development, systems integration, analytics, cloud services, and professional and management services which glue together the individual components of a connected object solution. Special attention is given to IoT platforms through market sizing and competitive assessments. All analysis reviews and quantifies differences in needs and adoption by application and vertical market segments.