IoT Adoption Survey Reveals Open Source Rules
Written by Harry Fairhead   
Friday, 27 March 2020

The Eclipse Foundation's IoT Working Group has issued a report that reveals that for commercial organizations the IoT is real and adoption is growing, albeit with a degree of caution. As far as IoT is concerned, the open source model clearly dominates.

Conducted online between October and December 2019, with 366 respondents, the IoT Commercial Adoption Survey was the first exercise of its kind. Its aim was gain a better understanding of the IoT industry landscape by identifying the requirements, priorities, and challenges faced by organizations that are deploying and using commercial IoT solutions. It can be seen as the counterpart of  the IoT Developer Survey, which since 2015 has been an annual exercise reporting on the programming languages, platforms, infrastructure and tools used for building IoT solutions.

Commenting at the time of its publication in March 2020, Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation stated:

“The Internet of Things is clearly one of the major technology trends today and a ubiquitous buzzword. This survey, which we hope will be the first of an annual tradition, seeks to provide real insights into what organizations are doing with the IoT right now and their plans for production deployments.”

We have been expecting to see the IoT take off for some time and the first result indicates that it is now beginning to happen.

eclcommiot1The report comments:

IoT is real and adoption is growing, if slower than the hype would indicate. Just under 40% are deploying IoT solutions today and another 22% plan to start deploying IoT within the next 2 years.

It's a bit worrying that the proportion of respondents who selected "Don't know" is so high and also that companies are reluctant to invest heavily in IoT, with 30% of organizations planning to spend less than $100K in the next year. 

Another finding is that hybrid clouds lead the way for IoT deployments and that AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform are the leading cloud platforms for IoT implementations. 





The survey also looked at the role of open source technology in IoT solutions and found that a mix of proprietary and open source was the most popular response (37%) - followed, worryingly by "Don't know". 



As the report puts it:

Open source is 'eating' IoT with 60% of companies factoring open source into their IoT deployment plans.

It is good to know that the dominant IoT platforms in the market will either be open sourced or be based on an open source core.







More Information

Eclipse IoT

IoT Commercial Adoption Survey 2019 Results

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