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What are the key characteristics of a leading IoT connectivity provider?

There are many IoT vendors in the marketplace and choosing the right IoT partner can be daunting. An important part of the IoT decision-making process is choosing the best partner for the critical connectivity layer of the enterprise’s IoT solution stack. Connectivity is a baseline requirement for any IoT solution, since by its very nature, a connected object cannot communicate data without it.


With the increasing availability of IoT network connectivity options, ongoing issues around standardization, and the challenge of mapping the right technologies to the right IoT applications, enterprises need to focus on how to minimize risk in terms of IoT product or solution obsolescence. A good connectivity platform provider will take both legacy and future device connectivity needs into consideration when helping an enterprise future-proof its IoT solutions.


For IoT devices, physical security of the device and virtual security of the data transmitted are key considerations. To deliver the right data and enable the designated IoT use case, a connected device needs to be authenticated and able to communicate, wherever it is. The platform or application managing that device needs to know which device is providing the information.


Provisioning connectivity and setting up and updating device profiles can be an onerous process for enterprises, both at the point of manufacture and at the IoT device-provisioning level. Providers that support a single SIM SKU simplify and shorten the manufacturing process and strengthen the ability to rapidly scale. They also offer streamlined logistics in terms of quicker times to deployment and economies of scale.


The complexity of IoT solutions and their deployment increases the difficulty of making the business case for IoT implementation. Requiring both management and procurement to deal with a variety of vendors and service providers adds significant time to IoT project cycles. Using a single connectivity platform means there is one less partner to worry about. Simplification also speeds time to deployment and increases the opportunity for quicker project breakeven. The importance of properly reconfiguring back-end systems for billing and provisioning with any IoT solution is a recognized challenge, too. Consequently, selecting a solution provider that has leading capabilities in these areas can be a smart move for enterprises.


SAP Digital Interconnect’s SAP IoT Connect 365, is a managed, cloud-based mobile service, that connects any object or thing that can be monitored or controlled from a remote location to your enterprise. SAP IoT Connect 365 simplifies the connectivity of the IoT with a single contract, connection, and interface. It provides a well-connected, cost-efficient, and secure environment that enables enterprises to easily and consistently deploy, access, control, and monitor interconnectivity worldwide between their connected objects and business systems and applications.


Click here to learn more about SAP IoT Connect 365.


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John Candish Product Manager, SAP IoT Connect 365