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A Guidance Framework for Developing an IoT Proof of Concept

Published: 01 December 2017

ID: G00343286

Analyst(s): Paul DeBeasi


Developing a POC is a critical step in building an Internet of Things system, but is challenging because of the lack of vendor-neutral methodologies. We help technical professionals overcome this challenge by providing a step-by-step procedure based on a small-scale IoT POC.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework: Focus on the Business Problem First
  • Step No. 1: Planning
    • Analyze IoT Edge
    • Design System Architecture
    • Acquire Funding and Buy Equipment
  • Step No. 2: Preparing
    • Set Up a Lab
    • Prepare IoT Hardware
    • Configure Security and Communication
    • Set Up Development Environment
  • Step No. 3: Developing
    • Integrate IoT Devices
    • Develop Event Messaging
    • Develop Information and Function Layers
    • Integrate End-to-End System
  • Follow-Up: Plan for POC Next Steps

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Related Guidance

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