Ten Powerful Enterprise IoT Platforms CIOs Should Look For

Last year, McKinsey Global Institute did a comprehensive report titled: The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value beyond Hype”, which tried to determine the real economic value of IoT. And after doing a lot of work it found that linking the digital and physical worlds, which is precisely what IoT does, could generate up to US$ 11 trillion a year in economic value by 2025.


Given this and the other surprising facts about the IoT and its usage in the enterprise, it is very important for the CIOs and other key technology decision makers to absorb a lot of facts to be able to take informed decisions. Part of this knowhow is also to know about some of the world's most powerful IoT platforms and companies. In this blog, I am attempting to list those globally powerful IoT platforms and hope this information can be of reasonable use for the CIOs and other technologists.

Intel IoT  

Intel has been a pioneering company in the technology domain for many many decades. Until now, it was mostly known for powering the computing devices with its amazing processors. Now, Intel is also championing IoT. Intel IoT Platform includes an end-to-end reference architectures model and family of products. It is a unique company whose ecosystem works well with third-party solutions and provides a foundation for seamlessly and securely connecting devices, delivering trusted data to the cloud, and delivering value through analytics. Its architecture scales for the IoT through its product ranges such as Intel Quark, Intel Atom, Intel Core, and Intel Xeon processors - each supporting performance with a common set of code.

Cisco IoT

Any discussion of IoT will remain incomplete without Cisco. The company provides industry-specific solutions that can improve productivity and operational efficiency, while laying the foundation for tomorrow's IoT opportunities. Cisco has actually leapfrogged in this area by miles and have created industry-specific solutions for industrial networks, field networks, embedded networks, management and application enablement, physical and cybersecurity making sure that the enterprises using Cisco IoT realise operational efficiency, improve security, and achieve new business and revenue streams.    


AWS offers a managed cloud platform letting connected devices securely interact with cloud-based apps. AWS claims to have the capability to support billions of devices and can process and route those messages to AWS endpoints and to other devices reliably and securely. As a user, you can also keep track of all your devices, even when they are not connected. AWS IoT makes it easy to use services like AWS Lambda, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon S3, Amazon Machine Learning, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail, and Amazon Elasticsearch Service with built-in Kibana integration, to build IoT applications that gather, process, analyze and act on data generated by connected devices, without having to manage any infrastructure.

IBM Watson IoT 

IBM new business focus is Cognitive Computing. IBM's Cognitive IoT platform is about infusing new intelligence into products, services and processes. It helps in easily and securely connect devices, quickly build IoT applications that learn from the physical world. IBM IoT analyses data from any source. Scaling through cloud-based services and using rich analytics, IBM Watson IoT Platform provides organisations with new insight for innovation and transformation.

Using IBM IoT, you can gain lots of visibility across your extended supply chain and thus optimise performance. The company promises to facilitate a new level of customer engagement to boost loyalty, drive revenue and create differentiation. 

Microsoft IoT 

Sensing the opportunity and using its matured technology stack, Microsoft has rolled out an IoT Suite for its Azure public cloud, which includes an IoT Hub for users to connect, monitor and control device. You can use preconfigured solutions and accelerate the development of your Internet of Things (IoT) solution here. It helps you add new devices—and connect existing ones—using device SDKs for multiple platforms, including Linux, Windows and real-time operating systems. It can easily scale from just a few sensors to millions of simultaneously connected devices and rely on the global availability of Azure—no matter how large or small your project. You can integrate Azure IoT Suite with your systems and applications, including Salesforce, SAP, Oracle Database and Microsoft Dynamics, making it simple to access your data and keep your disparate systems up to date. Send millions of messages to heterogeneous devices through a mobile push-notification engine with less development effort.

Oracle IoT 

Oracle’s Internet of Things platform provides an end-to-end solution for a comprehensive IoT architecture. CIOs can look at Oracle IoT for developing and deploying applications faster, shrinking development costs and time to market and manage and analyze large volumes of device data throughout the lifecycle, from collection to analysis. There are many reasons why Oracle’s Java Embedded technologies are ideal for smart devices in IoT architectures. Java offers comprehensive functionality for resource constrained devices, with the highest level of functionality, security, connectivity and scalability in the industry – all delivered through a massive ecosystem of more than nine million Java developers worldwide.

Salesforce IoT 

Salesforce claims that its Salesforce Thunder is the world’s most scalable event processing engine, designed to ingest and analyse billions of connected events and take personalised actions. It can turn billions of events from various data sources into real-time actions. It manages and sorts events with an intuitive interface that ensures the most relevant, most targeted interactions. You can connect the Internet of Things with a data store of your customer's historical data to make every interaction more meaningful using Salesforce Thunder.

Samsung IoT 

Samsung Electronics recently announced its Samsung Artik Cloud - an open data exchange platform designed to connect devices and applications. The Samsung Artik Cloud provides open APIs and tools to securely collect, store, and act on any data from any connected device or cloud service. Using these APIs and tools, CIOs can quickly bring new IoT solutions and services to market. The cloud is commercially available now with a tiered pricing model that developers can start using it for free at www.artik.cloud


Dell IoT 

Dell, in the beginning of this year, announced a new dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) lab in Singapore. The new facility, launched in collaboration with Intel, features Dell and Intel IoT solutions with end-to-end platform facilities allowing customers to test the products and consult with Dell technical experts. This is Dell’s third IoT lab globally, following the successful launch of its labs in Silicon Valley, U.S. and Limerick, Ireland.
This facility will focus on enabling intelligent devices and gateways, speeding up the connection of legacy systems to the cloud and enabling end-to-end analytics to turn big data into actionable information. Other partners within the IoT ecosystem, from developers to independent software vendors (ISVs) will also be able to benefit from the lab by having a working space to innovate using Dell and Intel IoT solutions.

The new facility delivers a number of benefits to Dell customers including:

Ability to develop and test IoT proof-of-concepts (POCs) with some of the latest Dell and Intel solutions which includes the Dell Edge Gateway 5000 Series and IoT analytics solutions

Access to Dell’s end-to-end technologies, including servers, storage, networking and software solutions, allowing customers to test the scalability of their IoT solutions

Significantly speeding up the time to market with new IoT and other OEM solutions

Hitachi Data Systems IoT 

Hitachi has been working with customers and partners to create IoT solutions for the last several years. Hitachi codified best practices gained from these early IoT engagements into Lumada, it’s IoT core platform. The Lumada platform is composed of a variety of components, including security, messaging, complex event processing, stream processing, workflow execution and application integration. In addition to the Lumada platform, Hitachi has built a number of IoT solutions to address both vertical and horizontal business challenges. 

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