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IoT Connectivity Support Platform update: slow diversification and cloud integration

  • Connectivity
  • platform
  • IoT
  • Internet of Things
  • SIM
  • cellular
  • IMSI
  • billing
  • activation
  • 5G
  • Matt Hatton
The ‘IoT Connectivity Support Platform’ is a critical piece of middleware deployed by Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to handle the activation, management and billing for the cellular connectivity upon which IoT devices rely. The vendor market is dominated by two main third-party vendors (Cisco and Ericsson). Many CSPs have their own in-house developed capabilities which are either their exclusive platform (as is the case with Verizon and Vodafone) or which are used alongside those of third parties (as done by Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica). A recent report ‘Communications Service Provider (CSP) IoT Peer Benchmarking 2020’ (September, 2020) examined the strategies of ten leading connectivity providers for IoT. Each profile contained a Middleware section which included, amongst other things, an examination of each’s Connectivity Support Platform strategy. This report expands upon those sections, looking at the emerging trends for Connectivity Support Platforms, including the changing dynamics for multi-sourcing of platforms, their increasingly cloud-native nature, the impact of API-ification, the arrival of 5G, OpenRAN and eUICC, and changing commercial models.
  • 1NCE
  • Aeris Communications
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Cisco
  • Comarch
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Ericsson
  • G&D
  • Huawei
  • KORE
  • Microsoft
  • PTC
  • Telefonica
  • Thales
  • Twilio
  • Verizon Communications
  • Vodafone
  • ZTE
  • Internet of Things
  • Hyperconnectivity

      Servitisation and the wholesale transformation of an economy

      • Internet of Things
      • IoT
      • PLM
      • product lifecycle management
      • servitisation
      • X-aaS
      • x-as-a-service
      • Distributed Ledger
      • finance
      • insurance.
      • Jim Morrish
      Servitisation, or rendering an asset as-a-service (X-aaS) is increasingly frequently talked about in the IoT and PLM domains, and the operational benefits have been explored at length. But the concept of servitisation could potentially be more far-reaching and transformational than is generally realised. In this Key Topic Insight report, we explore some of the knock-on and second-order effects of servitisation, including in secondary markets, financial markets, and in terms of market size.
      • Amazon
      • BMW
      • Kärcher
      • MOBOX
      • Zipcar
      • Internet of Things
      • Product Lifecycle Management

          IoT Application Enablement Platform (AEP) Peer Benchmarking 2020

          • Application Enablement Platform
          • AEP
          • IoT
          • Internet of Things
          • industrial
          • connectivity
          • software
          • data
          • Jim Morrish
          Transforma Insights’ IoT Application Enablement Platform (AEP) Peer Benchmarking 2020 report analyses the strategies and capabilities of twelve leading vendors of AEP platform capabilities: Altair, AWS, Clearblade, Ericsson, Fujitsu, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, PTC, SAP, Siemens, and Software AG. The twelve vendors chosen offer a blend of generic (cross-vertical), end-user and application focussed, and horizontal technology focussed propositions.
          • Altair
          • Amazon Web Services
          • Clearblade
          • Ericsson
          • Fujitsu
          • IBM
          • Microsoft
          • Oracle
          • PTC
          • SAP
          • Siemens
          • Software AG
          • Internet of Things
          • Artificial Intelligence
          • Distributed Ledger
          • Human Machine Interface
          • Edge Computing
          • Product Lifecycle Management

              What’s the prognosis for IBM as it rolls the dice again with a new strategic pivot?

              • AI
              • artificial intelligence
              • machine learning
              • edge computing
              • cloud
              • hybrid-cloud
              • Matt Hatton
              In October 2020 IBM announced that it would be divesting its IT infrastructure business in order to focus on its “open hybrid cloud platform and AI capabilities”. In the last few years, while making significant progress in some technology areas, IBM has somewhat missed the boat in others, notably cloud. Claims of generating 27% of revenue from cloud today are somewhat questionable. This report examines the motivations behind making such a move, its likely impact on the market, the reasons for IBM’s ‘cloud-washing’ of revenue, its potential to make the shift from services to product company, and the prognosis for the company after the split, particularly in the context of efforts to seize the new cloud-to-edge opportunity.
              • Amazon Web Services
              • Google
              • IBM
              • Microsoft

                    Global IoT Forecast Insight Report 2020

                    • IoT
                    • internet of things
                    • forecast
                    • connections
                    • revenue
                    • LPWA
                    • 5G
                    • mobile private networks
                    • Jim Morrish
                    • Matt Hatton
                    • Matt Arnott
                    The Internet of Things will comprise 25.4 billion connected devices generating over $1tn in 2030. This report provides a summary of Transforma Insights' comprehensive IoT Connected Things forecasts.
                      • Internet of Things
                      • Hyperconnectivity

                          Webinar: Forecasting the IoT market opportunity 2019 2030

                          • IoT
                          • Internet of Things
                          • Forecast
                          • 5G
                          • LPWA
                          • mMTC
                          • LTE
                          • connections
                          • revenue
                          • Jim Morrish
                          • Matt Hatton
                          • Matt Arnott
                          On the 2nd November Transforma Insights analysts Matt Hatton, Matt Arnott and Jim Morrish ran a webinar delving into our high granular IoT market forecasts, particularly focusing on connectivity technologies and revenues.
                            • Internet of Things
                            • Hyperconnectivity

                                Procuring IoT AEPs: vendor competency trumps technical capability

                                • IoT
                                • Internet of Things
                                • Procurement
                                • AEP
                                • Application Enablement Platform
                                • IoT Platform
                                • Digital Transformation
                                • Jim Morrish
                                Any enterprise considering developing and deploying an IoT solution will, at some point, more than likely consider options to use an IoT AEP (Application Enablement Platform) to support the development. At Transforma Insights, we think that that’s a sensible thing to do, but also that there’s more to the story than simply picking an AEP that appears ‘top right’ in a matrix of (say) technical capabilities vs ability to deploy. In this report we draw on extensive analysis of IoT platforms undertaken for our IoT Platform Peer Benchmarking Report to make recommendations for enterprises on the considerations they should have in mind when selecting an AEP, including solution and industry match, capabilities and commercial terms.
                                • Aeris Communications
                                • Altair
                                • Bosch
                                • Clearblade
                                • Delair
                                • Deutsche Telekom
                                • Flutura
                                • Microsoft
                                • Oracle
                                • PTC
                                • SAP
                                • Software AG
                                • Vodafone
                                • Internet of Things

                                    When undertaking digital transformation solution development, teams and approaches must be structured to match the task at hand

                                    • AI
                                    • Edge
                                    • Hyperconnectivity
                                    • IoT
                                    • Procurement
                                    • Deployment
                                    • Development
                                    • Project Management
                                    • Digital Transformation
                                    • Jim Morrish
                                    Anyone who engages with IoT solution specification or development will quickly realise that the Internet of Things is a very diverse place and the requirements of different applications will necessitate very different approaches. In this Key Topic Insight Report we examine some key aspects of this diversity, from simple deployment parameters through to questions of whether the application is a competitive differentiator and the depth of enterprise integration. The reason for the analysis is that these kinds of variations often will have significant implications for how IoT solutions are procured and delivered, including questions of whether to build or buy, and how to establish project team competencies.
                                    • Enedis
                                    • GreenStar
                                    • iTEC Pro
                                    • John Deere
                                    • Landis & Gyr
                                    • Rea Valley Tractors
                                    • StarFire

                                          How to select a cellular connectivity provider for IoT

                                          • Communications Service Provider
                                          • CSP
                                          • IoT
                                          • cellular
                                          • connectivity
                                          • M2M
                                          • Matt Hatton
                                          Connecting IoT applications via cellular connectivity requires enterprises to select from one of a few connectivity provider, either network operators such as AT&T and Vodafone, or virtual network operators such as Aeris or KORE. The capabilities of these suppliers vary significantly. They all have different technical capabilities, geographical coverage, and vertical competencies, which will be of varying importance depending on the specifics of the implementation. This report provides would-be buyers of cellular IoT connectivity with guidelines for how to select the right providers to short-list for RFPs.
                                          • Aeris Communications
                                          • AT&T Business
                                          • Deutsche Telekom
                                          • KORE
                                          • Orange Business Services
                                          • Telefonica
                                          • Telenor
                                          • Telia Company
                                          • Verizon Communications
                                          • Vodafone
                                          • Internet of Things
                                          • Hyperconnectivity

                                              Communications Service Provider (CSP) IoT Peer Benchmarking 2020

                                              • IoT
                                              • Internet of Things
                                              • benchmarking
                                              • CSP
                                              • Communications Service Provider
                                              • connectivity
                                              • Matt Hatton
                                              Transforma Insights’ Communications Service Provider (CSP) IoT Peer Benchmarking 2020 report analyses the strategies and capabilities of ten leading providers of global IoT connectivity.
                                              • Aeris Communications
                                              • AT&T Business
                                              • Deutsche Telekom
                                              • KORE
                                              • Orange Business Services
                                              • Telefonica
                                              • Telenor
                                              • Telia Company
                                              • Verizon Communications
                                              • Vodafone
                                              • Internet of Things
                                              • Hyperconnectivity
                                              • Edge Computing
                                              • Data Sharing

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