IoT & Embedded Technology Research & Consulting

All RO Blogs Team The Internet of Things (IoT) is fundamentally challenging and changing product development and deployment. Enterprise and engineering organizations are embracing new connectivity-driven services and functionality as the foundation of their next-generation systems’ value-add. However, with that connectivity comes a range of both technical and business challenges for deploying OEMs and enterprises as well as their software and hardware solution providers.

The IoT & Embedded Technologies practice provides insightful analysis of the IoT ecosystem and other enabling technologies. The practice surveys and interacts with thousands of software engineers and product managers at OEMs across all major vertical markets to gain insight into their project requirements, solution selection criteria, preferences, and spending.

Featured Research Outlines

5G Edge Infrastructure Market Intelligence Program

Our 5G Edge Infrastructure Market Intelligence Program will analyze the markets for 5G solutions, including fixed and mobile edge servers...

Industrial PC Market Intelligence Program

Our Industrial PC Market Intelligence Program will analyze the markets for Industrial PC solutions, including embedded box IPCs, panel IPCs...

IoT Remote Asset Tracking Market Intelligence Program

Our IoT Remote Asset Tracking Market Intelligence Program will analyze the markets for remote IoT asset tracking solutions, including tracking...

IoT & Embedded Technology Research Service Outline

Research programs can be configured to meet the needs of each client and are comprised of multiple deliverables and value-added services, including...


Featured i2 Reports

Vertical Market Focus: Industrial Automation

Vertical Market Focus: Industrial Automation

A number of high-profile breaches in recent years have drawn attention to the consequences of inadequate security measures among industrial entities. Though attacks explicitly targeting industrial systems have been relatively rare, attackers have become...

IoT Security for Energy & Utilities

Vertical Market Focus: IoT Security for Energy & Utilities

This report sizes the opportunity for IoT & embedded software and services within the energy & utilities vertical, discussing new security technologies, business models, and the important trends that are driving industry growth. The report includes an analysis of the competitive landscape...


Featured VDC Views

Combating Botnets in IoT Devices

Ecosystems Built on Processor Architectures

The embedded processor ecosystem is constantly evolving. New engineering and design requirements are driving more specialization to contend with both the organic growth of performance requirements as well as the need to enable more functionality for...

Combating Botnets in IoT Devices

Combating Botnets in IoT Devices

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have existed since the late 1990s, but the category of cyberattacks came to the forefront of the computing industry, and even to the attention of the public at large, due to high-profile attacks in late 2016. In a DDoS attack...


2017 i2 Reports

Security is an increasingly important component of the software stacks in embedded devices, particularly for those devices that are connected to the Internet of Things. This report examines the market for embedded security software. Visit the Embedded Security Software page to learn more.

Embedded modules have evolved in step with the semiconductor landscape to support a variety of advanced computing applications across several different industries. Visit the Embedded Modules page to learn more.

An Augmented Reality (AR) development solution is a set of reusable tools, resources, and APIs that developers can use to write and deploy AR applications. AR development solutions can include lower-level assets such as physics engines and animation frameworks, higher-level assets such as APIs for image recognition and sound synchronization, and software development kits (SDKs) combined with general purpose integrated development environments (IDEs) that allow a user to develop and publish across multiple platforms. Visit the Augmented Reality Development Solutions page to learn more.

The global markets for embedded boards and integrated computer systems are in a period of dramatic change. Suppliers face mounting application requirements for connectivity and integrations while still contending with traditional size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP+C) constraints. The emergence of the Internet of Things has further complicated the competitive landscape and go-to-market strategies. This program analyzes the competitive landscape in leading embedded board and system market segments, including numerous market share segmentations. This report delivers research-driven commentary on the latest industry trends influencing the current and future supplier ecosystem. Visit the Embedded Boards & Systems Vendor Share & Trend Report page to learn more.

This report analyzes the emerging trends for commercially available standardlanguage based modeling (SLBM) tools and proprietary language-based modeling (PLBM) tools, such as LabVIEW, SCADE, Simulink, and others. It updates industry acceptance of software code generated automatically by modeling tools. The analysis also includes assessing the drivers and market impacts from the rapid expansion of HMI design tool use and emerging interest in digital twin technologies. Visit the Software & Systems Modeling Tools page to learn more.

This report analyzes the market and emerging trends for commercially available RM and PLE tools employed in the development of embedded or enterprise/IT software and systems. Tools covered in this report are used primarily for requirements elicitation, definition, and management or to engineer portfolios of related products. Visit the Requirements Management/ Definition & Product Line Engineering Toolspage to learn more.

An Application Development and Deployment Platform (ADDP) is a set of tools that allows developers to quickly create, deploy, and scale IoT applications on top of IoT platforms. This report examines the IoT ADDP market, quantifying and qualifying market revenues and dynamics. It also includes an in-depth discussion of recent mergers and acquisitions, end-user trends, and vendor strategy. Visit the IoT Application Development & Deployment Platforms page to learn more.

The IoT gateways market has quickly developed into a major opportunity for a broad spectrum of organizations to chase new revenue streams and align with emerging connected solution architectures. This program examines the growing market for M2M and intelligent gateways, or IoT gateways, as well as gateway embedded hardware offering extensive market sizing, vertical market forecasts, and competitive shares for gateways used for IoT and embedded device networks. Visit the Global Market for IoT Gateways page to learn more.

The IoT Cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) market is a new, highly competitive market in which the most relevant and well-funded software giants of the IoT are scaling up their capabilities quickly to compete. The market is also extremely unique: there is no other market where Alphabet, Amazon, GE, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and PTC directly compete (and partner) with one another. Although the market is relatively small in terms of revenue, it is growing at a rapid pace due to the scale of the players involved and the intensity of the race towards the end-to-end IoT-as-a-Service solution. Visit the Global Market for IoT Cloud Platforms-as-a-Service page to learn more.

Low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) provide wireless communications for IoT devices, occupying a distinct market niche between the shorter range of local area wireless networks (e.g. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, etc.) and the higher costs of high bandwidth mobile telecommunications services. Devices only requiring periodic transmission of small amounts of data are well-suited to LPWAN technologies, and can run for years on battery power. This report examines the market for public LPWAN services. Visit the LPWANs and 5G Technologies for IoT Wireless Communications page to learn more.

2016 i2 Reports

This report analyzes key trends that we derive from our annual survey of IoT and embedded engineers, managers, and decision-makers. We address major themes such as device development, technology adoption trends, vendor ratings, strategies for addressing the IoT, and more. The analysis provides data segmentations by all major industry and technology communities of interest, including target vertical market, geography, processor architecture, embedded operating system, and programming language. We include the full set of over 180 survey exhibits with associated segmentations. Visit the Voice of the IoT Engineer 2016: Survey Dataset and Analysis page to learn more.

This report analyzes the emerging trends for commercially available testing tools, including static analysis, dynamic, and model-based tools. It also covers the previously mentioned tool types used for general software quality testing and defect detection, as well as those used for application security testing and vulnerability management. Market dynamics are discussed in the context of leading vendors, current technologies, competitive landscape, and data from VDC’s 2016 Software and System Development Survey. Visit the Global Market for Automated Software & Security Testing Tools page to learn more.

This report provides detailed coverage of the market for commercially available CPUs, GPUs, MCUs, and SoCs used in IoT and embedded systems, as well as a separate analysis of the SoC market for smartphones, tablets, and wearables. In addition to extensive market sizing, segmentation, and forecasting, this research analyzes engineers' processor selection criteria, preferences, and trends. Visit the Global Market for IoT, Embedded, & Mobile Processors page to learn more.

IoT and embedded operating systems serve as a foundational piece of the software stacks that ship in billions of new devices every year. Despite the importance of the operating system to the integrity of the overall system, the embedded OS is losing its standalone commercial value due to pressure from free, open source projects. OS vendors need to find new ways to differentiate in order to combat declining pricing power and lower demand for commercially-licensed products. Visit the Global Market for IoT & Embedded Operating Systems page to learn more.

Connected devices in the Internet of Things are increasingly becoming targets of cyberattacks. OEMs working on everything from automobiles to home appliances are seeking more advanced methods of securing their devices. Hardware-based security offers a number of distinct advantages over software-only solutions, and adoption is on the upswing. This report provides definitions, descriptions, and forecasts for many types of hardware-based security solutions for embedded devices, as well as discussions of key trends and leading vendors. Visit the Hardware Security Solutions for IoT Devices page to learn more.

The growth of software code complexity and volume is accelerating. Enterprise/IT or embedded/IoT software development teams cannot keep pace through hiring and the continued refinement of existing practices. To overcome these challenges, software and systems development teams must make broad strategic changes. A growing percentage of organizations are now applying more collaborative approaches, similar to methods many now use for software development, to help improve the integration of components from different domains and to manage system development, from planning through release. Visit the DevOps & Multi-Engineering Domain Integration  page to learn more.

This report examines the opportunity across different segments of the industrial control, automation, and networking technology stack, identifying and quantifying the markets with the highest relevance and potential for growth through the forecast period. It also includes a discussion of key trends, leading vendors, and market sizing. Visit the Industrial Internet of Things & Connected Factory page to learn more.

This report analyzes the market and emerging trends for commercially available RM and PLE tools employed in the development of embedded or enterprise/IT software and systems. Tools covered in this report are used primarily for requirements elicitation, definition, and management or to engineer portfolios of related products. Visit the Requirements Management/ Definition & Product Line Engineering Toolspage to learn more.

This report analyzes the market and emerging trends for commercially available RM and CI tools employed in the development of embedded or enterprise/IT software and systems. Tools covered in this report are those used primarily for requirements elicitation, definition, and management or as a repository for merging working copies of code to a shared mainline. Visit the Continuous Integration and Requirements Management/Definition Tools page to learn more.

This report analyzes key trends that we derive from our annual survey of IoT and embedded engineers, managers, and decision-makers. We address major themes such as device development, technology adoption trends, vendor ratings, strategies for addressing the IoT, and more. The analysis provides data segmentations by all major industry and technology communities of interest, including target vertical market, geography, processor architecture, embedded operating system, and programming language. Visit the Voice of the IoT Engineer 2015: Survey Dataset and Analysis page to learn more.

This report analyzes the emerging trends for commercially available testing tools, including static analysis, dynamic, and model-based tools. It also covers the previously mentioned tool types used for general software quality testing and defect detection, as well as those used for application security testing and vulnerability management. Market dynamics are discussed in the context of leading vendors, current technologies, competitive landscape, and data from VDC’s 2016 Software and System Development Survey. Visit the IoT Security-as-a-Service page to learn more.

Written for those making critical decisions about IoT Technologies, markets, partnerships, and competitive strategies and tactics, this report offer topical coverage consisting of multiple deliverable with deep and rich datasets based on extensive primary research. Visit the Global Market for Embedded Security Software page to learn more.

There is a surge of interest in modeling tools as more engineering organizations in the embedded and enterprise/IT markets are finding them to be an effective approach to address challenges now facing their developers. This report analyzes the emerging trends for commercially available standard-language software and system modeling (SSMT) tools and proprietary language-based tools (such as LabVIEW, SCADE, Simulink, and others). Visit the Software & System Modeling Tools page to learn more.

Medical devices are fraught with direct threats to the lives and well-being of people. In addition, medical data privacy is a hot-button topic among consumers. The security challenges are daunting, particularly as more health care migrates into the home environment, driven by desires to reduce the length of hospital stays and keep health care costs under control. This report explores these issues and includes survey data regarding OEM attitudes toward the safety and security of connected medical devices. Leading security solutions vendors discussed include Intel Security (McAfee), QNX, RSA, and SafeNet. Visit the IoT Vertical Market Focus: Medical Devices & Health Care page to learn more.

Safety has long been a top priority for many embedded operating system vendors. Much of the world’s most important infrastructure, machinery, and vehicles have been built with certified-safe software at their cores. The drive towards the IoT and connectivity-based business models is bringing the security of these (often life-critical) systems to the forefront of customer, vendor, and regulatory attention in a dramatic fashion. Embedded hypervisors present a compelling solution for increasing system security through partitioning and virtualization. This report analyzes and quantifies trends in the market for hypervisors & secure operating systems, providing data-driven guidance for organizations across the embedded ecosystem. Visit the Hypervisors & Secure Operating Systems page to learn more.

2015 i2 Reports

Electronics continue to proliferate in automotive applications, such that the typical new car contains dozens of embedded systems. And a hacked car is among the nightmare scenarios for automakers and drivers alike. Security domains for hardware and software include: in-vehicle processors; local area and wide area communications; infotainment; remote software updating and management; and related applications. Visit the Automotive Cybersecurity page to learn more.

There are many different profiles of embedded engineers that vary considerably across geographies, industries, and functions. Vendors must be able to understand the constantly shifting needs of the global embedded engineer population in order to create and assess strategies to address key segments of the market. This report analyzes and quantifies trends in the IoT & embedded engineering community, providing data-driven guidance for organizations within the embedded ecosystem. Visit the IoT Developer / Engineer Census and Analysis page to learn more.

The growth of software code complexity and volume is accelerating. Enterprise/IT or embedded/IoT software development teams cannot keep pace through hiring and the continued refinement of existing practices. To overcome these challenges, software and systems development teams must make broad strategic changes. A growing percentage of organizations are now applying more collaborative approaches, similar to methods many now use for software development, to help improve the integration of components from different domains and to manage system development, from planning through release. Visit the DevOps & Multi-Engineering Domain Integration  page to learn more.

This report analyzes the emerging trends for commercially available testing tools, including static analysis, dynamic, and model-based tools. It also covers the previously mentioned tool types used for general software quality testing and defect detection, as well as those used for application security testing and vulnerability management. Market dynamics are discussed in the context of leading vendors, current technologies, competitive landscape, and data from VDC’s 2016 Software and System Development Survey. Visit the Global Market for Automated Software & Security Testing Tools page to learn more.

This report analyzes the competitive landscape in leading embedded board and system market segments, including numerous market share segmentations. This report will also deliver research-driven commentary on the latest industry trends influencing the current and future supplier ecosystem. Visit the Embedded Boards, Systems, and Services Vendor Share and Trend Report page to learn more.

The IoT gateways market has quickly developed into a major opportunity for a broad spectrum of organizations to chase new revenue streams and align with emerging connected solution architectures. This program examines the growing market for M2M and intelligent gateways, or IoT gateways, as well as gateway embedded hardware offering extensive market sizing, vertical market forecasts, and competitive shares for gateways used for IoT and embedded device networks. Visit the Global Market for IoT Gateways page to learn more.

Written for those making critical decisions about SSLM products, markets, channels, and competitive strategies and tactics, these reports offer topical coverage consisting of multiple deliverables with deep and rich datasets based on extensive primary research. Coverage varies by topic and includes a combination of market sizing, segmentation, forecasting, end-user requirements analysis, competitive analysis, and more. Visit the Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing Solutions page to learn more.

IoT and embedded operating systems serve as a foundational piece of the software stacks that ship in billions of new devices every year. Despite the importance of the operating system to the integrity of the overall system, the embedded OS is losing its standalone commercial value due to pressure from free, open source projects. OS vendors need to find new ways to differentiate in order to combat declining pricing power and lower demand for commercially-licensed products. Visit the Global Market for IoT & Embedded Operating Systems page to learn more.

The addition of connectivity greatly increases security risks to embedded devices. OEM engineers should harden a device’s virtual perimeter to reduce the chance of security breaches. However, engineers should consider that the device may be successfully breached and thus security-harden as many internal hardware and software elements as is practical. This VDC View will explore these issues and more. Visit the Secure Hardening of Embedded Devices page to learn more.

Written for those making critical decisions about IoT Technologies, markets, partnerships, and competitive strategies and tactics, this report offer topical coverage consisting of multiple deliverable with deep and rich datasets based on extensive primary research. Visit the Global Market for Embedded Security Software page to learn more.

IoT services are among the main reasons for connecting devices to the Internet. At their most basic level, these services fall into four core categories: connectivity; device monitoring and control; data collection and storage; and data analytics. In various combinations, these functions produce IoT services that enable: businesses, municipalities, and consumers to reduce costs and maximize utilization of their devices; dealers to provide predictive maintenance and improve customer service; and OEMs to understand usage patterns to develop new features and refine product designs. Visit the Connect, Control, Store, & Analyze page to learn more.

2017 VDC Views

With 2016 in the rear-view mirror, VDC's IoT and Embedded Technology team would like to take the opportunity to present our predictions and opinions on key trends and themes that will shape the industry 2017. Visit the 2017 IoT & Embedded Technology Predictions page to learn more.

Policymakers, economists, and the leaders of industry are locked in heated debate over the terminal stagnation and slow GDP growth that has manifested itself in the majority of advanced countries, and that many fear might spread to the global economy as a whole. GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt believes that unusually weak industrial productivity growth is a key factor and that “productivity needs a reboot”, as he highlighted in his keynote speech at GE’s Minds + Machines conference in November 2016. Visit the GE’s Predix: Deep Dive page to learn more.

2016 VDC Views

The last twelve months have been an exciting time in the IoT market, with tech giants such as Intel, IBM, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft looking to expand their large, cloud-based services platforms to appeal to a wide range of customers. The recurring nature of annual service revenues is attractive for large organizations that face shrinking margins on traditional "sell-once" products. Visit the Amazon AWS & Microsoft Azure IoT Deep Dive page to learn more.

Blockchain has evolved from its cryptocurrency roots, making its way into the financial services industry, and more recently, into IoT-related projects. This VDC View details the ways in which blockchain technology is being used for IoT applications and provides an analysis of four blockchain-enabled projects: Hyperledger, Ethereum, ADEPT, and Filament. The view also examines the benefits and drawbacks of using blockchain for IoT and concludes with several recommendations for how businesses in the IoT space can stay informed and/or leverage blockchain technologies in their products and technology stacks. Visit Blockchain & IoT page to learn more.

VDC has observed a slow but steady move away from low-level and/or specialized languages, such as assembly and Ada, across the entire embedded landscape. Some verticals, such as consumer electronics and retail automation, are migrating faster than others are, but the last bastions of safety-critical software are no longer safe from the upward consolidation. Visit the Is it the End of the Ada Era? page to learn more.

When connectivity and smart functionality added to a product reduce its lifespan compared to a similar non-connected, non-smart product, that's the Internet of Prematurely Obsolescent Things. Premature obsolescence is not the same as planned obsolescence (when products are designed with the deliberate intent of shortening or limiting their lifespans). Premature obsolescence is usually an inadvertent side effect of technological progress, but product makers can take steps to reduce its impact. Visit the Internet of Prematurely Obsolescent Things page to learn more.

The continued proliferation of embedded processors featuring third-party core IP combined with growing design and competitive pressures is forcing vendors to expand their support of different architectures. Supporting multiple core architectures or migrating to new ones is no easy undertaking for suppliers; they must align product roadmaps, software development tooling and resources, engineering talent, training, and more. However, this level of support is necessary when adapting to the evolving architectural landscape as prompted by the heterogeneous needs of engineering organizations across industries. Visit the IoT Forcing Architectural Change  page to learn more.

2015 VDC Views

System resource restrictions around memory and processing power were one of the fundamental issues that first fueled the development of the embedded operating system ecosystem. Overtime, however, the relative importance of these issues diminished in favor of more robust offerings capable of enabling sophisticated user interfaces and more advanced device connectivity. Now, however, the IoT has catalyzed a new level of market demand for OSs that can operate on MCU-class devices. Visit the Battle of the IoT is Being Fought in the MCU Software Ecosystem page to learn more.

Architecting systems and developing solutions for the Internet of Things will require specific technical and business knowledge that schools and companies are beginning to address through a number of programs and ventures. The organizations that are successful in setting up the future leaders of the IoT will be top of mind in important purchasing decisions, and will be more likely to achieve a healthy return on investment down the road. Talented students will flow into technology management and leadership roles due to the quality and availability of relevant coursework and educational options. Visit the State of the IoT Education page to learn more.

Pre-analytics at the local level can dramatically reduce the amount of data that needs to be sent to the cloud. Local analytics can have faster response times and improved reliability compared to cloud-based analytics, which are especially important factors in time-critical or safety-critical applications. Local systems may not be optimized to find big data relationships, but local systems can be set up to utilize such relationships effectively once they are uncovered by cloud-based big data analytics.Visit the Retro-Analytics for IoT page to learn more.

The landscape of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions is changing rapidly. As quickly as the value of PaaS solutions was placed on the consumerization and user experiences of development platform offerings, premiums have now been placed on the ease of back-end integrations. However, the value associated with time to market in the Internet of Things marketplace is too high. Visit the Diverse Ecosystems Required to Create Platform for PaaS Success in IoT page to learn more.

The IoT is helping manufacturers extend relationships with their customers, moving beyond a one-time purchase business model to pursue new and lucrative service engagements. The pace needed to compete in the IoT should now serve as the impetus for the consideration of third-party resources to help develop and support the connected management of IoT applications. Visit the Application Development and Deployment Platforms page to learn more.

Modeling is a valuable approach that can be applied to a range of tasks across the development lifecycle. Discover potential issues earlier; reduce late reworking, and prototype design costs by adding simulation to the development process. Modeling and simulation can help support early design conceptualization, code generation, system integration, and proof-of-standards compliance. Visit the Get Real, Simulate page to learn more.


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