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Cloud of Things: German Partnership To Boost IoT Services and Integration

It seems like everyone wants in on the Internet of Things (IoT). Look no further than Deutsche Telekom and German software maker Software AG, which in July inked a partnership to deliver advanced IoT services globally, taking aim at a market that's expected to grow, according to an IDC report, to $1.1 trillion by 2023.

At the core of the effort is the Cumulocity IoT platform, created by the T-Systems division of Deutsche Telekom, which will serve as the foundation for an integrated "Cloud of Things" IoT platform. According to the companies, the Cloud of Things will enable organizations to remotely monitor, manage and control their connected devices and machines, improving efficiency and security across IoT operations. It will also derive valuable business intelligence from the raw data produced by IoT deployments.

"Customers can simplify their IoT and integration needs with self-service analytics and gain insights to accelerate their businesses for the fully connected future," says Sanjay Brahmawar, CEO of Software AG.

The Cloud of Things effort comes as expectations grow for increased investment into IoT. International Data Corporation (IDC) in its Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide, flagged services and data handling as two key areas of sharp growth in the IoT space, reflecting a shift in priorities as enterprises grapple with expanding fleets of remote devices.

Significantly, according to the IDC report, spending on IoT services outstripped spending on IoT hardware for the first time in 2019, and will lead all IoT spending categories at least through 2023. The report states:

"More than three quarters of all spending on IoT platform software -- middleware that provides the device management, connectivity management, data management, visualization, and applications enablement for connecting IoT endpoints -- will go toward software packages that integrate and support devices, applications, data schemas, and standards of a single industry."

Carrie MacGillivray, group vice president, Internet of Things, 5G, and Mobility at IDC, further expects organizations to increase spending to address all the data coming from IoT deployments.

"While organizations are investing in hardware, software, and services to support their IoT initiatives," MacGillivray says, "their next challenge is finding solutions that help them to manage, process, and analyze the data being generated from all these connected things."

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Michael Desmond is an editor and writer for 1105 Media's Enterprise Computing Group.

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