By Bill Zujewski
During the growth and hype phase of any new technology comes customer confusion caused by the exaggerated claims of vendors. That is certainly the case with the Internet of Things and IoT platforms where every week new definitions emerge, new claims are made and new technologies are touted. Axeda is right in the center of this IoT ecosystem and we owe it to our customers, our partners and the industry to make sense of the confusion and bring reality to the forefront.
Last month we launched a webinar series entitled “Selecting the right platform for your Internet of Things (IoT)” to help companies understand what an IoT platform does and how to evaluate them. It no longer makes sense for companies to build your own IoT platform… to design and develop their own connectivity agents, messaging protocols, machine data management and storage systems, rules engine, alarm and event processing engine, APIs and other development tools. These elements are now pre-integrated, hardened and available in IoT platforms like Axeda.
But not all platforms are equal. Some focus on communication and sending data from a device to a server… others focus on collecting and storing the data and making it available via APIs and tools… other IoT platforms focus on tools for managing, configuring and monitoring devices and connected things.
Since selecting the right IoT platform is such an integral step in an IoT strategy, Axeda will continue to identify the key factors to pay attention to when evaluating platforms. Our next webinar with ARM and VDC Research, will focus on the connectivity and capabilities you need at the edge. It will cover the various ways to gather, process and filter data at the edge and how to efficiently, reliably and securely send that data to the cloud. Consideration will include Java vs. C, Wired vs. Cellular, UDP vs TCP vs SMS, Linux vs. Windows vs. other OS, and standards vs proprietary protocols. I’m sure most product managers, developers and architects will find the webinar useful.