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  • Cumulocity announced a new partnership with NTT Communications in Japan. Cumulocity’s technology will allow NTT to offer customers a range of new services, such as rapid machine, sensor and device integration and data collection and real-time analytics for condition monitoring, predictive maintenance and supply chain automation.


  • MachNation discussed 4 partners — Splunk, FogHorn, Axway and Solace — exhibiting at Bosch ConnectedWorld 2017.


  • Using market survey data collected from MachNation’s recently published 2016 IoT AEP ScoreCard, MachNation published this “State of the IoT Application Enablement Platform (AEP) Market: 2016-2017”. Using survey data collected from participating ScoreCard vendors, MachNation is publishing the industry’s only source of IoT AEP survey data and quantitative KPIs.


  • On 22 December, 2016, Relayr — an IoT application enablement platform (AEP) vendor — announced the acquisition of Proximetry — an IoT device management platform (DMP) vendor. MachNation believes this acquisition is significant for two reasons.


  • The ScoreCard rates the following vendors (listed alphabetically): Aeris, Afero, Altizon, Amazon, Amplia, AT&T, Ayla Networks, Bosch, C3 IoT, Carriots, ClearBlade, Connio, Cumulocity, Davra Networks, DevicePilot, Electric Imp, Ericsson, Exosite, Gemalto, HPE, IBM, Kaa, MachineShop, Microsoft, MODE, PTC, Relayr, SAP, Scriptr.io, SiteWhere, Software AG, Telit, TheThings.iO, Waylay and Yaler.


  • The ScoreCard rates the following vendors (listed alphabetically): Aeris, Afero, Altizon, Amazon, Amplia, AT&T, Ayla Networks, Bosch, C3 IoT, Carriots, ClearBlade, Connio, Cumulocity, Davra Networks, DevicePilot, Electric Imp, Ericsson, Exosite, Gemalto, HPE, IBM, Kaa, MachineShop, Microsoft, MODE, PTC, Relayr, SAP, Scriptr.io, SiteWhere, Software AG, Telit, TheThings.iO, Waylay and Yaler.


  • In this whitepaper, MachNation discusses five benefits of selecting an open-source AEP to satisfy middleware requirements of an IoT solution.


  • This Q&A article addresses some questions about blockchain and its relevancy to holistic, high-quality, IoT cybersecurity.


  • MachNation finds that using an IoT Application Enablement Platform (AEP) is 40% less expensive than building and maintaining an in-house solution. In this financial analysis, MachNation calculates the total cost over 5 years to support up to 5 million IoT devices with a enterprise-grade AEP that is upgraded annually to remain competitive with the market.


  • In this brief article, MachNation provides rationale for the acquisition and a high-level analysis of a likely purchase price and revenue multiple.


  • The network infrastructure built for the Ireland-based project will be available to businesses, academia and government, and will enable them to easily prototype and test IoT solutions.


  • Open and flexible architecture is an important characteristic of leading IoT application enablement platforms (AEPs). Last week, Cumulocity joined the OASIS standards body and announced native support for MQTT protocol.


  • An application enablement platform (AEP) is a critically important component of an IoT solution. MachNation research suggests there are five key traits that determine the quality of an AEP including a flexible deployment model; a focus on the developer persona; sophisticated management capabilities; the comprehensiveness of the overall platform; and a well-executed partnership strategy. In this whitepaper, MachNation outlines each trait in detail and explains why these five characteristics should be used by savvy buyers to evaluate best-of-breed AEP vendors and their technology.


  • MachNation has created a worldwide IoT application enablement forecast to present insights into the state and development of the IoT application enablement platform (AEP), platform-enabled solutions (PES) and related markets. This report provides a forecast for the vendor and revenue categories making up an IoT application enablement offering. The forecast covers the period 2015-2025.


  • Cumulocity’s recently announced strategic partnership with Zapier is an excellent example of an AEP furthering the ability of its enterprise customers to take advantage of leading IoT orchestration capabilities on its platform.


  • In this report, MachNation – the research experts in IoT middleware – concisely describes the points of integration between an application enablement platform (AEP), platform-enabled solution (PES) and LPWAN systems so that IoT vendors, service providers, system integrators and public and private sector organizations can successfully create, deploy and manage LPWAN-powered IoT solutions.


  • MachNation has created an IoT platform, application and services forecast to present insights into the state and development of the IoT market. This report provides a forecast for the technology components and sub-components making up an IoT solution. The forecast covers the period 2015-2025.


  • MachNation’s 2015 IoT Platform-Enabled Solution ScoreCard includes the following vendors (listed alphabetically): Arrayent, Autodesk, Bosch Software Innovations, Davra Networks, DGLogik, Ericsson, Exosite, Helium, IQP, Philips, PLAT.ONE, Samsara, Sensera Systems, Solair Corporate and Xively.


  • Publicly available executive summary of MachNation’s IoT Platform-Enabled Solutions ScoreCard 2016.


  • On 26 April 2016, Davra Networks – an IoT PES – announced a partnership with Fast Lane to offer a four new Davra certification courses on designing and developing solutions using Davra Networks’ RuBAN. This blog discusses the implications.


  • On 9 March 2016, Bosch launched its Bosch IoT Cloud — and IoT PES — providing enterprises with a platform to offer IoT solutions for the mobility/automotive, industrial, energy/building technology and consumer goods sectors. This piece of research discusses the Bosch IoT Cloud and Bosch ConnectedWorld event.


  • In this article, we analyze the sales channel preferences of IoT application enablement vendors based on survey data from MachNation’s 2015 IoT Application Enablement ScoreCard.


  • In this article, we analyze the industry sector preferences of IoT application enablement vendors based on survey data from MachNation’s 2015 IoT Application Enablement ScoreCard.


  • In this article, we analyze the regional revenue percentages of IoT application enablement vendors based on survey data from MachNation’s 2015 IoT Application Enablement ScoreCard.


  • In this article, we analyze the average sales contracts of IoT application enablement vendors based on survey data from MachNation’s 2015 IoT Application Enablement ScoreCard.


  • This 1-page document is a guide showing the differences between an application enablement platform (AEP), a platform enabled solution (PES) and a connected device platform (CDP). MachNation has created this guide to help dispel some of the confusion about various types of IoT platforms.


  • This Executive Summary from MachNation’s IoT Application Enablement ScoreCard 2015 is available to the public.


  • This short research document provides a summary description of the two IoT data and application enablement classifications (AEPs and PESs), classification characteristics and example vendors.


  • MachNation ranks 23 IoT application enablement vendors’ solutions (AEPs), partnership approaches and potential for success. Vendors in this ScoreCard include: Aeris, Amazon, ARM, Autodesk, Ayla Networks, Bug Labs, Carriots, Cumulocity, Davra Networks, Electric Imp, EVRYTHNG, Exosite, IBM, MachineShop, PLAT.ONE, PTC, SAP, Sierra Wireless, Telit, Waylay, Xively, Waylay, Yaler and Zebra Technologies.


  • Wipro and Cumulocity form a partnership to deliver system integrator (SI) services, applications and technology platforms to enterprises and service providers (carriers, telecom operators). In this short research article, we discuss how the partnership addresses one of the five best practices when engaging an application enablement platform (AEP).


  • IoT Security Landscape and Vendor Recommendations 2015 is the industry’s first comprehensive publication providing in-depth analysis of the current state of IoT cyber security and physical security. Enterprises will rely on this publication when looking to deploy a secure IoT solution. IoT technology vendors will leverage this publication to better understand security challenges and attack vectors. This report discusses MachNation’s recommended top 5 IoT security vendors: ARM, Bayshore Networks, Cisco, Intel and Wipro.


  • IoT Security Landscape and Vendor Recommendations 2015 is the industry’s first comprehensive publication providing in-depth analysis of the current state of IoT cyber security and physical security. Enterprises will rely on this publication when looking to deploy a secure IoT solution. IoT technology vendors will leverage this publication to better understand security challenges and attack vectors.  This report discusses MachNation’s recommended top 5 IoT security vendors: ARM, Bayshore Networks, Cisco, Intel and Wipro.


  • On 30 July 2015, ARM – a designer of processors and related technology – acquired cybersecurity vendor Sansa Security. In this short PowerPoint report, we provide some insights into the relationship and provide a simple financial valuation of Sansa. This report also compares the financial valuation of Sansa to other IoT technology purchases over the last 18 months.


  • In this document, MachNation outlines the Top 5 enterprise IoT security concerns based on a survey of IoT industry leaders like ARM, Cisco, Intel, Wipro and others.


  • In this short question-and-answer article, we discuss two popular approaches to efficiently, cost effectively and safely get IoT data from endpoint devices to IoT applications. We look at the differences, benefits and drawbacks of publish-subscribe (pub/sub) and application enablement platform (AEP) solutions. We also provide a short of list vendors of pub/sub and AEP solutions.


  • On 27 August 2015, Autodesk – a provider of computer-aided design (CAD) software – acquired IoT application enablement platform (AEP) vendor SeeControl. In this brief article we discuss what Autodesk might be doing with SeeControl and provide a high-level financial valuation comparison for recent AEP transactions.


  • This Analyst Insight Article offers 5 best practices describing how carriers can most effectively leverage their relationships with IoT AEP vendors.


  • An amendment to our IoT AEP ScoreCard on Davra Networks’ AEP RuBAN.

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  • Sierra Wireless announced its intent to purchase MobiquiThings, an IoT mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) for EUR14 million (USD15.7 million) on 23 June 2015.  This PowerPoint article reviews the financial metrics associated with the acquisitions of MobiquiThings and Wireless Maingate by Sierra Wireless.


  • Davra Networks, an IoT application enablement platform provider, wins a new IoT customer. Davra’s platform RuBAN is providing the application and analytics for a smart city light rail solution to MTS in San Diego, California, a community of 3 million people.


  • Locally-sourced innovation is critical for IoT success. Learn what KPN and RDM Makerspace are doing with independent foundation IoT Academy to bring together buyers and sellers of IoT solutions in The Netherlands.


  • In this PowerPoint deck, MachNation reviews the transaction, financially compares the ColdLight purchase to other IoT acquisitions and provides some thoughts about PTC’s intentions with this acquisition.

    PTC LiveWorx 2015

  • This article is about KPN’s IoT Academy, an innovation center linking together customers and IoT developers.


  • In this short PowerPoint presentation, we discuss the size of the worldwide lighting industry, the enterprise decision-making process for commercial lighting and marketing outreach to the sector.


  • An amendment to our IoT AEP ScoreCard on MachineShop AEP.

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  • MachNation discusses key characteristics’ of Davra Networks’ RuBAN Application Enablement Platform (AEP).


  • The Cumulocity IoT platform will power DT’s Cloud of Things solution, a platform to help businesses connect devices to applications.


  • In this PowerPoint deck, MachNation reviews the transaction, estimates the purchase price and provides some thoughts about Amazon’s intentions with this acquisition.


  • An amendment to our IoT AEP ScoreCard on ILS Technology deviceWise AEP.

    deviceWise by ILS Technology

  • MachNation presents at the SAP-Centric EAM conference on March 9, 2015