IoT platforms were on the cusp of reaching the peak of inflated expectations in Gartner’s Hype Cycle from August 2016. Not surprisingly - there are literally hundreds of them, and counting. Also, the word ‘platform’ is used for anything, from network infrastructure to hardware components to cloud services. In the end, IoT owes its boom in popularity to more and better tools becoming available for developers. In this article, we shed some light on the types of tools that IoT developers are actually using.
In our research we’ve long argued that the Internet of Things is lacking the kind of platforms that connect developers to an addressable market, rather than just implementing technology. Arguably, SmartThings, Android Wear, Amazon Alexa, and their peers already do that, be it with an as yet limited installed base of users. Our data indicates that IoT cloud platforms are still squarely in the ‘just implementing technology’ realm. A missed opportunity for those vendors, or is this just what the market wants?