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A Guidance Framework for Architecting the Internet of Things Edge

Published: 25 April 2019

ID: G00387745

Analyst(s): Paul DeBeasi


Architecting the Internet of Things edge is challenging due to its technical diversity and integration complexity. To help I&O technical professionals overcome these challenges, this report provides step-by-step procedures for identifying, prioritizing and making critical IoT edge design decisions.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Edge Components
    • Edge Security
  • Layer 1: Device
    • Endpoint Design
    • Endpoint Integration
    • Edge Gateway
  • Layer 2: Communication
    • Communication Services
    • Event-Driven Architectures
  • Layer 3: Information
    • Data Architecture
    • Data Models
    • Data and Event Records
  • Layer 4: Function
    • Edge Analytics
    • Edge Software Development
  • Layer 5: Process
    • Governance
    • Operations
    • Management
  • Follow-Up
    • Ensure Consistency Across All Layers
    • Integrate the Edge With the End-to-End System

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Technology Evolution Risk
  • Technical Immaturity Risk
  • Related Guidance
  • Evidence

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