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Gartner’s uses Magic Quadrant for visual presentation of its market analysis results. Gartner rates vendors upon two criteria: completeness of vision and ability to execute. These component scores lead to a vendor position in one of four quadrants:
Leaders – Vendors in the Leaders quadrant have the highest composite scores for their Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute. A vendor in the Leaders quadrant has the market share, credibility, and marketing & sales capabilities needed to drive the acceptance of new technologies. These vendors demonstrate a clear understanding of market needs, they are innovators and thought leaders, and they have well-articulated plans that customers and prospects can use when designing their infrastructures and strategies. In addition, they have a presence in the five major geographical regions, consistent financial performance, and broad platform support.
Challengers – A vendor in the Challengers quadrant participates in the market and executes well enough to be a serious threat to vendors in the Leaders quadrant. They have strong products, as well as sufficiently credible market position and resources to sustain continued growth. Financial viability is not an issue for vendors in the Challengers quadrant, but they lack the size and influence of vendors in the Leaders quadrant.
Visionaries – A vendor in the Visionaries quadrant delivers innovative products that address operationally or financially important end-user problems at a broad scale, but has not yet demonstrated the ability to capture market share or sustainable profitability. Visionary vendors are frequently privately held companies and acquisition targets for larger, established companies. The likelihood of acquisition often reduces the risks associated with installing their systems.
Niche Players – Vendors in the Niche Players quadrant are often narrowly focused on specific market or vertical segments. This quadrant may also include vendors that are adapting their existing products to enter the market under consideration, or larger vendors having difficulty developing and executing on their vision.
In this market analysis, Gartner focused on following market segments: manufacturing and natural resources, transportation, utilities. Eleven companies made to this first ever Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for IIoT Platforms, but none of them was positioned as a Leader or a Challenger.
Here’s a my brief overview of Gartner’s assessment for the each company, starting from the visionaries:
PTC with its ThingWorx delivers an complete E2E platform. It offers to be delivered as on-premise solution, as well as cloud or hybrid. Marketplace, with more than 170 applications, extensions, starter kits and different products, is useful to visit if you are an developer or a partner. PTC is focused on manufacturing with solutions for asset monitoring, predictive maintenance and operational excellence.
Hitachi’s Lumanda can be delivered as on-premise or as a cloud IoT platform. It leverages a combination of Hitachi technologies with data management and analytics in parallel. They plan to sell it in all the sectors: manufacturing and natural resources, transportation, utilities.
For now, they don’t have some kind of marketplace.
SAP IoT platform is brought under their Leonardo brand. The platform can be delivered as a standalone solution, but it’s being sold as E2E solution for additional benefit SAP’s middleware and enterprise applications that many customers are already using in their day to day business. Focus is made on industrial asset monitoring and analytics in the sectors of manufacturing, transportation and utilities.
and now focusing on niche players:
Accenture’s CPaaS (Connected Platform as a Service) is a hybrid solution. It’s industry agnostic, so by its components offers solution that is configured for exact customer needs.
IBM’s Watson IoT platform can be delivered as cloud solution or on-premise. Focus is on device management, analytics, data management, SW development, security but also robust offering of integration capabilities. Platform is best-suited if customer use other IBM’s solutions. Interesting are specific solutions, like: IoT for Automotive, IoT for Connected Services or IoT for manufacturing.
Oracle’s IoT Cloud Service is focused on monitoring asset, production, fleet and services. It can be delivered only on Oracle Cloud that can be delivered even on-premises via Oracle private cloud service.
Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT platform can be delivered on-premises solution. Focus is made on device and data management as main fields, as well as on analytics, security and integration.
Atos’s Codex IoT platform can be delivered as cloud solution or on-premise. Focus is made on predictive maintenance, production line efficiency, fleet management.
Altizon’s Datonis IoT platform can be delivered as a on-premises or cloud solution. It’s industry agnostic and main focus is made on asset monitoring and analytics.
QiO’s Foreseight IoT platform can be delivered as a cloud solution. It’s based on open-source SW and OEM building blocks.There’s a library of extensions, connectors and drivers for asset integration and application development.
Flutura’s Cerebra IoT platform can be delivered as a cloud solution. Focus is made on asset monitoring, predictive maintenance and operational excellence.
As you can see we have a different mixture of flavors in this report and it will be pretty interesting to see how things will look in few years. We’ll definitely see some Leaders and Challengers, but we’ll also see some fallback, we’ll see some acquisitions and also newcomers to this prosperous market.