CRN's 20 Coolest IoT Software And Services Vendors

CRN's 20 Coolest IoT Software And Services Vendors

CRN ranks 20 of the coolest Internet of Things software and services vendors.

1) Aeris Communications, Top Executive: Marc Jones, Chairman, CEO. Aeris Communications specializes in machine-to-machine communications with its cellular network. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company's AerPort connectivity platform allows customers to collect and manage data, receive alerts based on data traffic patterns, and view reports of devices.

2) Amazon Web Services, Top Executive: Andy Jassy, CEO. Seattle-based Amazon Web Services has doubled down on the Internet of Things through its flagship managed cloud plat­form, enabling connected devices to interact with cloud ap­plications and other devices.

3) AT&T, Top Executive: Randall Stephenson, Chairman, CEO. AT&T recently launched an Internet of Things platform, dubbed AT&T Control Center, which helps solution providers deploy, manage and scale IoT apps and devices connected to the company's 4G LTE network.

4) Ayla Networks, Top Executive: David Friedman, Co-Founder, CEO. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Ayla Networks offers an enterprise software platform that enables manufacturers and service providers to bring connected products to market more quickly and seamlessly.

5) Bosch Software Innovations, Top Executive: Rainer Kallenbach, Chairman, Executive Board. Bosch Software Innovations' IoT Suite enables developers to quickly build, implement and operate cloud-based and highly scalable Internet of Things applications.

6) Flexera Software, Top Executive: Jim Ryan, CEO. Flexera Software has an array of Internet of Things offerings that it says will help businesses "increase revenues, differentiate from the competition and deliver market-leading value to customers" through applications.

7) Google, Top Executive: Sundar Pichai, CEO. While known for its connected product line for home automation, Nest, Google also offers an eclectic range of services and a cloud platform for managing and storing the data behind Internet of Things applications.

8) Hitachi Data Systems, Top Executive: Ryuichi Otsuki, CEO. Since its purchase of Internet of Things developer Pentaho last year, Hitachi Data Systems has been diving deeper into the data analytics and management services behind IoT.

9) IBM, Top Executive: Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, CEO. IBM is tackling the Internet of Things head on. Since rolling out its IoT unit last September, the company said it is promising to spend $3 billion over four years to develop a portfolio of cloud services and software aimed at delivering weather-related IoT services to the enterprise.

10) Microsoft, Top Executive: Satya Nadella, CEO. Since its launch in 2015, Microsoft has touted its Azure Suite as its Internet of Things flagship product, enabling custom­ers to remotely monitor and analyze data. With Azure, cus­tomers can generate, integrate and orchestrate data, and then manage and analyze that data through Azure Stream.

11) MyDevices, Top Executive: Kevin Bromber, CEO, Calabasas, Calif.-based MyDevices develops middleware for connecting products and managing data.

12) National Instruments, Top Executive: James Truchard, CEO. National Instruments, Austin, Texas, has a variety of end-to-end data analytics and management offerings targeting cus­tomers in the industrial Internet of Things market.

13) Nokia, Top Executive: Rajeev Suri, CEO. Nokia recently launched its Impact Internet of Things plat­form, which it says enables service providers, enterprises and governments to securely manage and scale IoT ecosys­tems -- giving its partners capabilities such as data collection and analytics, device management, security and application enablement.

14) Oracle, Top Executives: Mark Hurd and Safra Catz , CO-CEOs. Oracle's Internet of Things Cloud service enables customers to hone in to IoT offerings through data and application management, big data analytics, and cloud security and scalability capabilities. This gives customers capabilities to connect through device virtualization, high-speed messaging, and endpoint management features, as well as analyze data through stream processing and data enrichment features.

15) PTC, Top Executive: Jim Heppelmann, CEO. Needham, Mass.-based PTC's Internet of Things strategy revolves around its ThingWorx IoT Platform for application developers. ThingWorx supports rapid application devel­opment through the use of model-based development and mashup tools.

16), Top Executive: Marc Benioff, Chairman, CEO. approaches the Internet of Things market -- or what it calls the "Internet of Customers" -- through soft­ware that the San Francisco-based company says will help businesses process massive quantities of data, build business rules with simple tools, and engage with customers in real time.

17) SAP, Top Executive: Bill McDermott, CEO. SAP offers its HANA cloud platform for the Internet of Things  -- an in-memory IoT platform that helps customers quickly develop, deploy and manage real-time IoT and applications. Customers also can use the underlying SAP HANA Cloud Platform to extend the applications and integrate non-SAP software.

18) SmartVue, Top Executive: Martin Renkis, President, CEO. Nashville, Tenn.-based SmartVue's Internet of Things strategy revolves around cloud video surveillance offerings and IoT video infrastructure.

19) Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Top Executive: Christopher Formant, Senior Vice President, Global President. A year after formally introducing its Internet of Things strategy to solution provider partners and customers, Verizon Enterprise Solutions has built out its IoT portfolio of machine-to-machine products and services aimed at powering smart cities, connected cars and wearables.

20) Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power), Top Executive: Jeff Sturgeon, President of Sales. Vertiv approaches the Internet of Things through a "mission-critical" strategy by supporting edge computing IoT that is essential for making quick decisions in high-pressure environments.

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