We’ll also start to see specialization of IoT platform offerings. Buyers who are looking for a platform have a lot of options to choose from: AWS IoT, General Electric Predix, and Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, to name a few. But there are three IoT scenarios — design, operate, and consume — and each has their own set of needs. Not every platform is right for every scenario; product designers and business operators should take care to choose the IoT platform that fits their requirements.
Granted, while there are many platform choices, IoT developers tend to have their preferences. Cloud-based options are attractive because of their low adoptions costs, quick deployment for prototyping, global reach, and easy integration/minimal maintenance with systems of record and engagement. As data volumes grow and control scenarios become more complicated, data processing and analysis will shift to gateways and devices. All of these considerations will drive developers toward AWS and Microsoft Azure in 2018. Forrester advises that organizations evaluate their platform choice if their vendor “can’t articulate a coherent edge strategy” by the end of Q1 2018.
Security and Stability Will Remain a Challenge
In 2018, IoT will continue to be the target of damaging cyber attacks. But instead of prioritizing security enhancements, most organizations are focused on improving customer experience, cost, and time-to-market. That means that IoT devices and ecosystems are still vulnerable to major attacks that can take systems offline and cause all kinds of problems — from minor disruptions to data exfiltration to potential loss of life.
To mitigate these risks, security professionals, CIOs, and other executives need to focus on implementing security controls. That includes conducting assessments of endpoint devices for gaps and addressing any barriers to cross-organizational collaboration — which is important to prevent blind spots. And, because breaches are inevitable, breach notification and remediation plans should be firmly in place.
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As Director of Engineering at Very, Jeff McGehee works with clients to build powerful Internet-connected products.GO TO PROFILE