Gartner Research

Effective Internet of Things Planning and Design

Published: 19 July 2018

ID: G00349389

Analyst(s): Erik Heidt


Organizations are struggling to define their strategy for leveraging and implementing IoT. This research provides technical professionals with a reference architecture for IoT, while identifying planning and technical issues that implementers must address.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework: Sharpen Delivery Objectives
    • Apply Collect, Decide and Act Model
    • Understand IoT Architecture
    • Decision Gravity Will Be Your Guide
  • Part 1: Edge
    • IoT Endpoint Reference Architecture
    • How Can This IoT Endpoint Model Be Applied to IoT Gateways?
    • IoT Endpoint and Edge Compute
    • Additional Approaches
    • How Much Computational Capability Does an IoT Endpoint Require?
    • How Do We Use the IoT Endpoint to Model the Edge?
    • Your Edge May Already Exist
    • IoT Endpoint Security
    • Planning and Design of the IoT Edge
  • Part 2: Platform
    • IoT Platform Reference Architecture
    • Data and Process Integration Layer
    • Application Enablement Layer
    • Platform Management Layer
    • Develop Centrally; Execute Every Place
    • Navigating the Range of Platform Deployment Options
    • IoT as a Unifying Platform
    • Gateways Versus Platforms
    • IoT Platform Security
    • Planning and Design of the IoT Platform
  • Part 3: Enterprise
    • Understand The Scope of Enterprise Applications and Data Integrations
    • Understand the Technical Impacts IoT Has on Enterprise Applications
    • IoT Enterprise Security
    • Planning and Design in the Enterprise
  • Follow-Up

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