Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, recently offered an interesting prediction about the Internet of Things.
In a newsroom press release a couple of weeks ago, they wrote:
Makers and startups, not tech providers, consumer goods companies or enterprises, will drive acceptance, use and growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) through the creation of a multitude of niche applications, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner predicts that by 2017, 50 percent of IoT solutions (typically a product combined with a service) will originate in startups that are less than three years old.
Their hypothesis is that the maker community, comprised of inventors, entrepreneurs, tinkerers, and hobbyists, will be at the forefront of the IoT movement.
With companies like GE and Google in the IoT space, conventional wisdom has been that IoT growth is driven by large enterprises. Gartner’s research illustrates that yes, there are large companies who are developing IoT products and solutions, but ultimately, it’s the makers and startups who are really shaping the movement, helping to solve real-world, sometimes niche problems.
From 3d printing to low-cost electronics and hardware and software applications, it’s an exciting time to be an IoT maker!