According to Gartner, we were named a Leader for our ability to execute and our completeness of vision when it comes to managed machine-to-machine (M2M) services.
These services, as defined by Gartner, “enable businesses to collect, analyze, and interact with data streams, thus providing businesses with the ability to monitor, manage, and control (manually and through automation) assets associated with business processes. Managed M2M services may encompass integrated and managed IT infrastructure and systems, OT infrastructure and systems, software, network services (connectivity), and IT services.”
In the Magic Quadrant report, Gartner separates M2M services into 7 solution elements:
Gartner recommends, “CIOs building IoT-enabled businesses can use this document to assess vendors for multiregional connectivity and value-added services to support outcomes.”
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Entirely new experiences, revenues, profitability, customer relationships, business insights, and processes are now possible using IoT services and solutions.
While we have had the honor of being named a ‘Leader’ by Gartner before, in the 2018 report, Gartner moved us up in the quadrant for our ability to execute. We believe the significance of that improvement is vital when it comes to IoT.
There are many vendors, and proofs-of-concept often stay on the ground. The IoT ecosystem we have developed helps customers with a full suite of flexible and modular solutions, with best-in-class alliances and collaborations in a one-stop IoT development shop.
Our value-added solutions are based on strong platforms that simplify multiple aspects of M2M and IoT solutions and enable our customers to scale when they need to. For example, the AT&T IoT platform aggregates third-party data feeds from partner networks and systems for a single view of M2M inventory management. It also offers a range of capabilities, including storage and data management, an open-source application development and management environment, and pre-integrated data connectors to data analytics services.
Thus, the ability to execute matters a great deal.
AT&T continues to lead the way in IoT innovation. As a Leader, we are focused on what’s next. We see 5 key trends for 2019:
While we have had the honor of being named a ‘Leader’ by Gartner before, in the 2018 report, Gartner moved us up in the quadrant for our ability to execute.
These advancements can lead to interesting use cases. Chris Penrose, Senior Vice President of IoT Solutions, shares his IoT predictions for 2019:
1. The first mainstream self-driving ‘things’ likely won’t be cars.
Tractors and farm equipment, heavy machinery for things like mining, drones, and robots will lead the first wave of automation. While self-driving cars may eventually be a staple on the roadways, that reality is still many years away. These other machines will provide an early proving ground and will pave the way for mass automation in the future.
2. Manufacturing, healthcare, and public safety are expected to be the early benefactors of 5G.
Smart factories will revolutionize the manufacturing process as they eventually connect the entire supply chain. The doctor-patient relationship and the traditional way that we think of healthcare will begin to transform. And first responders will start seeing new technology and lifesaving capabilities to protect citizens like never before.
3. The data-sharing economy will continue to gain momentum.
Beyond the consumer-sharing economy of things like houses, cars, and scooters, more and more businesses will look to share valuable data. Companies will be in an environment that allows partners, vendors, manufacturers, and other third parties to share data and insights from disparate information sources in an authorized, trusted, and highly-secure manner. Data sharing and advanced analytics will be key to maximizing the value of IoT.
4. IoT and AI will converge to spawn digital twins of assets and processes.
Low-cost sensors, AI, and 5G networks will eventually allow customers to create virtual, software-based replicas, or digital twins, of their physical devices and processes. When that happens, users, manufacturers, and designers can receive near-real-time insights and take action without ever being near their assets. Digital twins of things like vehicles, cities, and manufacturing facilities will be able to drive a new wave of operational efficiencies and revenue streams. They will also be able to help engineers validate the design of a product at several points during its lifecycle.
For a deeper dive, read the full 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant Report. Also, discover how IoT Solutions from AT&T can help your business excel.
Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Managed M2M Services, Worldwide, Pablo Arriandiaga, Eric Goodness, Leif-Olof Wallin, Toni Nygren, Jonathan Davenport, Godfrey Chua, 3 December 2018
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