What’s in store for the Internet of Things (IoT) in 2018? That’s the question on many people’s minds in the fast-growing IoT industry. One set of answers can be found in a new report from Forrester, called Predictions 2018: IoT Moves From Experimentation To Business Scale.
According to Forrester and published reports last week, that journey means many things, but apart from the usual superheated speculation about IoT’s incredible growth and increasing impact, here’s what I think is most interesting.
IoT specialization takes hold
IoT is likely to become more specialized in the coming year, moving away from generic hardware and software into platforms designed for specific industries. So-called “design and operate’ scenarios” will let IoT developers focus on the attributes that matter most to their own industries and use cases.
That makes sense because as the IoT industry continues to grow, you won’t need to be generic to achieve economies of scale. And IoT customers don’t want the hassle of adapting generic products to their particular needs.