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International Data Corporation (IDC) has published its 2016 IDC Innovators report recognizing pioneering players in the Internet of Things (IoT) platforms market. IDC Innovators are companies with under $50 million in revenue that offer an inventive technology and/or groundbreaking new business model.

Arrayent, BugLabs, and MachineShop were all named as IDC Innovators in the Internet of Things platforms market for 2016.

“Enterprises are paying increasing attention to the Internet of Things as a strategic element to drive growth in the future. Yet the IoT remains a complex collection of technology and services for enterprises to navigate,” said Vernon Turner, senior vice president of Enterprise Systems and IDC Fellow for the Internet of Things.

“The IoT platform, at its most basic level, is the middleware that connects endpoints to applications, enterprise backend systems, and analytics tools. However, the IoT platform is much more complicated than that because it provides device management, connectivity management, application enablement/management, visualization tools and, in some cases, analytics functionality – and in most cases, no one vendor provides all of these piece parts in a cohesive solution. The challenge for enterprises is figuring out what platform will serve their needs,” said Carrie MacGillivray, vice president, Mobility and Internet of Things.

Arrayent brings a holistic perspective to its IoT platform solution – from managing devices to application development and visualization as well as providing cloud services. BugLabs has been pushing the boundaries of simplifying the IoT platform since 2006 by developing open source IoT solutions quickly using its simple and easy-to-use platforms: – a data source tool – and freeboard – a data visualization tool. MachineShop has taken a unique approach to the IoT platform in that it is focused on being API-centric and services driven.

IDC Innovators: Internet of Things Platforms 2016 profiles select companies in the Internet of Things platforms market with an innovative technology or a groundbreaking new business model or both. The IDC Innovators research document examines companies with revenue of less than $50 million with a product, service, or business model with a specific use case.

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