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Architect Your Internet of Things System by Using the Gartner IoT Reference Model

Published: 20 March 2017

ID: G00324241

Analyst(s): Paul DeBeasi


Every IoT project needs an architecture that defines what functionality is required, where that functionality will operate, and how data and control will flow. This report describes the Gartner IoT Reference Model and explains how technical professionals can use it to create their IoT architecture.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is the Gartner IoT Reference Model?
    • Layers
    • Tiers
    • Interfaces
  • How to Use the Gartner IoT Reference Model
    • Step 1. Assess How Business Goals Impact Technical Requirements
    • Step 2: Analyze How Requirements Impact Layers, Tiers and Interfaces
    • Step 3: Create and Refine Architecture Blueprint Using the Gartner Template
    • Example: Predictive Maintenance
  • Strengths
    • Expedites Creation of Architecture Blueprints
    • Provides a Business-, Technology- and Vendor-Agnostic Tool
    • Facilitates Technical and Business Collaboration
  • Weaknesses
    • Does Not Provide IoT Cost Analysis
    • Does Not Provide Service Quality Analysis
    • Does Not Provide Governance Process


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