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Build Your Blueprint for the Internet of Things, Based on Five Architectural Components

Published: 09 May 2016

ID: G00303397

Analyst(s): Nick Jones , Jim Tully, Saniye Alaybeyi


There are many ways to architect Internet of Things implementations for enterprises. CIOs, operational teams and chief digital officers must consider security, privacy, cost, ease of access, agility and performance to determine the best architecture for each application.

Table Of Contents


  • IoT Architecture Can Be Structured in Any Way
  • Taking a Closer Look at IoT Architectures
    • Things
    • Gateways
    • Smartphones
    • The Cloud
    • Enterprise
  • Use the Five IoT Architectural Components — To Be Combined and Changed as Required
  • Choosing the Right IoT Architectural Roles for Components by Prioritizing Constraints
    • Cost
    • Connectivity and Technical Requirements
    • Data and Security
    • Users and Implementation

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