Category : IoT and the Edge

IoT and the Edge

Are You Ready for 5G? 3 Ways to Prepare

By now you’ve probably heard about this next generation of cellular connectivity thing known as 5G.  Nationwide advertising campaigns tout the ability to play multiplayer games on the move and logos are already changing on our phones. You might even think you have it via the 5G (GHz) channel on your WiFi router. Mobile operators began announcing launches of one form of 5G service or another beginning late last year and are continuing through 2019. Leading academics and engineers have already moved on and started talking about 6G and 7G. The 5G era is signed, sealed and delivered, right?

Read More
IoT and the Edge Technologies

The Internet of Things (IoT) Market at a Glance

cloud service provider

The Internet of Things (IoT) market is a tricky thing; customers aren’t necessarily looking to buy “IoT technology” but are instead searching for solutions that can help them achieve a specific business goal, such as supply chain efficiency or cost savings. That’s why IoT vendors need to not only have a good handle on the other players in their space, but on the ways they and their competition are framing their individual IoT solutions. It’s not enough to talk about the IoT market; vendors must frame their solution in a business value context in order to connect with their customer base.

Read More
IoT and the Edge

The Consumer IoT Market at a Glance

consumer IoT Market Glance

The consumer Internet of Things (IoT) market is crowded and complex, with several market segments that organizations must consider when evaluating their needs. IDC’s newest snapshot of the consumer IoT market shows the wide array of technology suppliers currently in the market, and how specialized needs have become.

IDC anticipates that the worldwide consumer IoT market will witness substantial growth over the next five years as consumers become more aware of the conveniences, cost savings, and energy efficiencies that connected devices and services can provide. The market’s growth will further be driven in part by rising broadband penetration, rising disposable incomes in developing countries, and increasing consumer awareness of smart assistants. However, consumer concerns around privacy, security, costs and interoperability will constrain the market’s development for the near future.

This wave of growth has already started, as evidenced by the wide array of vendors inhabiting the consumer IoT space today. In order to break away from the pack, vendors will need to find ways to differentiate. Here are two key areas of differentiation that vendors should pay attention to:

Data Collection and Analysis are Keys to Success

Across both the DIY and managed solution segments, data collection, management, and analysis are key to evolving and growing home IoT solutions, and that data flow is contingent on diverse and early gains in users. Successful vendors will strategize around how to boost that data flow through introducing broader sets of applications, increasing the number and type of users, creating unique solution sets, and intensifying the usage of applications.

Service Delivery Strategies Are Important

Device makers should develop a long-term strategy for service delivery. While device elements such as design and reliability are necessary for success, differentiation and margins lie elsewhere. The services enabled by software provide a solution’s sustainable distinction. IoT-enabled consumer products are accelerating the consolidation of value in services while diminishing the margins in the devices themselves.

Learn more about the consumer IoT market and see what trends vendors should be aware of in IDC’s Market Glance: Consumer IoT.

Read More
Cloud IoT and the Edge

Scale Is the Secret When IT Comes to the Edge

service delivery edge

My colleagues and I spend a great deal of time thinking about the Edge, and how it will influence developments in the IT industry over then next few years.  Several of my colleagues just published a great IDC Market Perspective, making it clear that we believe the edge represents a new frontier in the convergence of infrastructure such as computing and data to deliver much faster time to value.

Read More
IoT and the Edge

4 Things Buyers are Looking for in 2in1 PCs

2in1 PCs

It seems that 2in1 PCs are having a bit of a resurgence these days as every major PC manufacturer offers a variety of screen sizes, features, materials, and product lines with the ability to use the device both as a notebook PC as well as a tablet.

Read More
1 2 3