Several thousands of enterprises are currently performing their first IoT projects and consider using a modular IoT software platform to manage the data flows, support application development, and provide basic analytics. This promises a faster time to market, lower cost, and more professional support. However, the IoT Platform selection process is not easy. Also, there are several reported instances where the IoT Platform did not live up to the task. It is becoming crucial for most companies to ensure they are choosing the right IoT Platform that will seamlessly manage their IoT data flows.
Post short-listing a number of platform vendors, most companies run real-life PoCs to test the platform performance and capabilities using different technical criteria like amount and quality of functionalities, tools and services, usability, security, interoperability, etc. Other factors like cost and platform ecosystem are often taken into account in this step. IoT platform customers oftentimes set up a real-world testbed which resembles their actual product or production process and contains actual data sets from their products or factories instead of asking vendors to present some hypothetical capabilities.
Many of the organizations are essentially at the beginning of their digital journey, so they don’t want to commit to a specific platform from the start and instead try out different platforms before committing to one or more for a long time. They use PoCs to explore and “play” with the platforms to see how they work and what advantages they can get from them based on real usage scenarios while keeping their eyes open for other options. Though the number of PoCs undertaken with different vendors can depend on the customer resources (e.g., financial) available, they are a common denominator with all vendor selections.
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