Enterprises weighing up their IoT platform options will likely feel concern about the wide range of choice available. They may even be tempted to build rather than buy. The downside of this approach, however, is well-documented. The do-it-yourself route will normally take much longer than buying in a platform, and finding the right levels of in-house expertise to carry out such a complex undertaking will be extremely difficult for most organizations.
For those firms dipping their toes into the IoT marketplace, there are obvious things to consider: end-to-end encryption; ease-of-integration with existing IT system; data center agility and network capacity; and the availability of edge computing for IoT use cases that do not lend themselves to a cloud-centric model.
Above all, enterprises must ensure their platform scales. Open APIs and strong support from app developers are other key considerations. Proprietary systems are unlikely to have an ecosystem that is as competitive and sharply priced as ones based on open standards.