Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Internet of Things Technologies for 2017 and 2018

Gartner LogoGartner, Inc. has highlighted the top 10 Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that should be on every organization’s radar through the next two years. These technologies and principles of IoT will have a very broad impact on organizations, affecting business strategy, risk management and a wide range of technical areas such as architecture and network design, the analysts said.

The top 10 IoT technologies for 2017 and 2018 are:

  1. IoT Security
  2. IoT Analytics
  3. IoT Device (Thing) Management
  4. Low-Power, Short-Range IoT Networks
  5. Low-Power, Wide-Area Networks
  6. IoT Processors
  7. Event Stream Processing
  8. IoT Operating Systems
  9. IoT Platforms
  10. IoT Standards and Ecosystems

“The IoT demands an extensive range of new technologies and skills that many organizations have yet to master,” said Nick Jones, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

Gartner predicts that many IoT ecosystems will emerge, and commercial and technical battles between these ecosystems will dominate areas such as the smart home, the smart city and healthcare.

As a result, organizations creating products may have to develop variants to support multiple standards or ecosystems and be prepared to update products during their life span as the standards evolve and new standards and related application programming interfaces (APIs) emerge.

“A recurring theme in the IoT space is the immaturity of technologies and services and of the vendors providing them,” Jones noted.  “Architecting for this immaturity and managing the risk it creates will be a key challenge for organizations exploiting the IoT. In many technology areas, lack of skills will also pose significant challenges.”

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