Internet of Things

Analyst Study Report: Evaluation of IoT Backend Providers

The question of how production, logistics and value chains can be further optimized or reshaped into new business models by sensing technology and smart analytics is currently among the most important items on the agenda of decision-makers in the technology and industry segment.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is representative for the interconnection of physical objects, that besides human beings, also include sensors, household devices, cars, industrial equipment and much more. The IoT bridges the gap between the digital and the analog world as it aims for maximum interconnection and the largest possible exchange of information.

In the era of the Internet of Things a significant part of the “Product Value Function” is defined by new software functions and data services. Additionally, this offers the opportunity to develop completely new business models and the exploration of new revenue sources.

This is especially apparent in the development phase of cloud infrastructure and platforms which are some of the central drivers behind IoT services since they offer ideal conditions and as crucial enablers for backend services. These in turn create value-added services for their customers and partners. Against this backdrop, Crisp Research has carried out this research project in order to support CIOs, CTOs and CEOs with the selection and evaluation of relevant IoT backend providers.

Considered and analyzed providers: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, VMware, Atos, Huawei, IBM, Salesforce, SAP, T-Systems/ Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu, Vodafone, Tata Consultancy Services, Telefónica, Google, Oracle and QSC

The study report can be requested under “Crisp Vendor Universe: Evaluation of IoT Backend Providers“.

By Rene Buest

Rene Buest is Gartner Analyst covering Infrastructure Services & Digital Operations. Prior to that he was Director of Technology Research at Arago, Senior Analyst and Cloud Practice Lead at Crisp Research, Principal Analyst at New Age Disruption and member of the worldwide Gigaom Research Analyst Network. Rene is considered as top cloud computing analyst in Germany and one of the worldwide top analysts in this area. In addition, he is one of the world’s top cloud computing influencers and belongs to the top 100 cloud computing experts on Twitter and Google+. Since the mid-90s he is focused on the strategic use of information technology in businesses and the IT impact on our society as well as disruptive technologies.

Rene Buest is the author of numerous professional technology articles. He regularly writes for well-known IT publications like Computerwoche, CIO Magazin, LANline as well as and is cited in German and international media – including New York Times, Forbes Magazin, Handelsblatt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Computerwoche, CIO, Manager Magazin and Harvard Business Manager. Furthermore Rene Buest is speaker and participant of experts rounds. He is founder of and writes about cloud computing, IT infrastructure, technologies, management and strategies. He holds a diploma in computer engineering from the Hochschule Bremen (Dipl.-Informatiker (FH)) as well as a M.Sc. in IT-Management and Information Systems from the FHDW Paderborn.