Top 4 IoT platforms to watch out for in 2018


The IoT phenomenon is witnessing a never before surge . Every application you can think of is currently connected and is creating mind boggling possibilities when coupled with the cloud.

IoT provides fruitful data and new delivery models that digitally transform businesses and allow them to engage in new value formation. But how can enterprises turn this enormous amount of data into real value-new business models? And how can your business deploy the new offerings with agility?

As a business organization, what you need now is a standardized end to end platform that helps you manage not only the world of connected devices and applications, but also helps you in future proofing your business. Although there are several options available in the market, choosing the right one would be pretty difficult with the numerous big players assuring the smartest platform existing around you.

Several factors should be considered when selecting an IoT platform; like cost efficiency without a load of expenses that slay your bottom line, security, scalability and versatility. Let’s take you through the four best platforms trending in 2018, which will help your enterprise  create new business models and enhanced operational efficiency, through connected devices and the humongous data created through these devices.


  1. Microsoft Azure IoT

Microsoft Azure was developed as a result of Microsoft’s mission to create a scalable and upgraded platform for IoT. This cloud solution offers numerous services like mobile application services, messaging platforms, virtual machines, storage solutions and database management systems.

Azure IoT Suite is, in fact, Microsoft’s own IoT platform, which includes several features such as Azure Event Hub, Azure Document DB, Azure HD insight, Power BI, Stream Analytics, and Azure Notification hub, with machine learning capabilities to derive and analyze huge amounts of data in real time. Azure IoT is all about delivering high end data analysis and collection, which helps enterprises to make quick decisions with the data available and transform into a complete cloud based system by connecting to every corner of the business. Take for instance Rolls Royce, which uses Azure Stream Analytics and Power BI to access contextual data and insights from its airline engine and predicts the health of  aircraft.

  1. Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web services, Amazon’s individual cloud service,,  allows you to host and manage services on the internet. Numerous fortune companies make use of this amazing platform to host their infrastructure.  It also provides  its customers benefits such as infrastructure service, cloud storage solutions, application and content migration, and database system management. Moreover, it has developer tools with machine learning capabilities, which make developers’ jobs faster and easier. There are several IoT targeted features made available in the AWS platform such as AWS IoT Core, AWS IoT Device Management, AWS IoT Device Management, AWS IoT Analytics, AWS IoT Button and AWS IoT Device Defender.

Even though AWS platform is slightly on the expensive side compared to the others , its per hour billing facility makes it quite popular in the industry.


  1. Google Cloud Platform

Google’s cloud platform is easy to use and is popular for its platform as a service, document oriented database as a service, cloud computing services and scalable NoSQL database systems. It is the third biggest IoT platform available right now and leverages Google’s analytics, machine intelligence and web-scale processing for developing IoT initiatives. Its primary focus is on ‘intelligence’ and ‘security’ with quick access to relevant information, which  helps businesses  keep their IoT devices protected from data leaks.

In terms of pricing, it is slightly less expensive compared to Amazon Web Services since the billing is on per second basis.


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  1. IBM Watson IoT Platform

With this  IoT platform  you can securely connect a variety of devices to further develop and deploy customized enterprise-level  IoT solutions . The rich analytics and cloud based connectivity offer  actionable insights, which make way for innovation and transformation. The platform is majorly grouped into four:

IBM Watson IoT Platform Connect: Enables you to easily connect devices to your applications and industry solutions. It performs device management functions, scales through cloud based services and uses valuable analytics to fetch insight and attain organizational transformation.

IBM Watson IoT Platform Information Management: Effectively transforms and stores your IoT data, ingests data from dispersed data sources and platforms, and then derives the value using rich analytics.

IBM Watson IoT Platform Analytics: Enables you to derive insights from massive volumes of IoT data to make quick decisions and optimize operations. It applies real time analytics to monitor current conditions and respond accordingly. 

IBM Watson IoT Platform Risk Management: Allows you to manage risk and accumulate insights across the  IoT landscape using comprehensive dashboards and high-tech alerts.


IoT platforms are the connected world’s next step of evolution . There are countless IoT applications and development platforms with promising capabilities, which you can put to use in developing new IoT initiatives. The tag ‘Top IoT platform’ is subjective and changes from business to business and on project basis. Before choosing an IoT Platform, undertand which platform can best satisfy your project requirements and start from there. Contact us if you have any questions.

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Author : Seethu Mathew Date : 02 Apr 2018