IoT World 2017: Our Top 3 Takeaways

May 31, 2017 Evan Rice

IoT World 2017: Getting Connected to the IoT Revolution

This month, our team had the chance to attend IoT World 2017, the world’s largest IoT event. We joined thousands of IoT executives and enthusiasts from around the globe (in the beautiful city of Santa Clara, CA) to explore the current state and future of IoT. From consumer to industrial IoT, this 3-day event was jam packed with valuable insights, from leaders and innovators in the space, that we are excited to share with you.

In case you didn’t have a chance to attend the event, or simply want to relive the magic, here are our top three takeaways from the IoT World 2017 conference:

IoT Interest/ Adoption Isn’t Slowing Down

If there’s one thing that was made abundantly clear during the conference, it’s that the IoT market is growing and is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, the IoT World conference itself has grown from 700 registered attendees in 2014 to 15,000 this year! One of the largest areas of growth? B2B solutions. Adoption of IoT technology is quickly shifting to the enterprise and industrial ream, with spend reaching $267B by 2020.

IoT Data is Exploding, Businesses are Shifting

The natural result of increased connectivity? More data. IoT World 2017 showcased business leaders finding new and exciting ways to provide data-driven, end-to-end solutions for their customers. From smart meters to automated inventory management, track and trace to remote patient monitoring, businesses in every industry of every size are finding ways to leverage IoT data. New business models are emerging to better tie IoT data to business objectives, allowing organizations to provide high-value offerings for their customers while adding to their bottom line.

One of the coolest aspects of the event was the chance to hear from both established, technologically advanced businesses and up-and-coming, innovative startups. And while we fully enjoyed listening in on how major keynotes like Mastercard and Silver Springs Network are leveraging IoT data, our team couldn’t help but be drawn to the excitement and innovation of Startup City, highlighting 100+ startups shaking up the IoT space.

IoT Partnerships Remain Top-Of-Mind

If there’s one thing we took away from IoT World, it’s that successful adoption and monetization of IoT requires multiple moving parts. As more businesses find ways to leverage IoT to provide greater value to their customers, it’s becoming abundantly clear that a strong ecosystem of partners is necessary to conquer the space. Lou Lutostanski, VP of IoT at Avnet said, “We’re here to gain a deeper understanding of partners in the ecosystem and see how we fit and how we can use them for a full-blown solution for multiple customers.” Organizations are looking outward to develop end-to-end solutions.

Side note, we loved this article from IoT Evolution World describing what they thought to be the most fascinating “real world” IoT solution introduced at the conference.

In conclusion? IoT World 2017 delivered.

As promised, the event provided ample partnership opportunities and is developing ecosystems to monetize the IoT evolution. Learn more about the future of IoT and how’s fully-integrated cloud-based billing software and management platforms can help your business. If you’re looking for a telecom billing partner to dominate the IoT landscape with, we’d love to show you how can help.

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