Betting on success: How to choose an IoT provider

Having spent more than two decades helping businesses turn data into insight using enterprise-grade solutions with the trusted Azure cloud, we’ve fine-tuned a list of things to consider when deciding how – and with whom – to put the Internet of Things (IoT) to work. In my last post, I discussed why it’s critical that your IoT technology partner has a comprehensive offering; today, we’ll look at ways to assess how well – and how quickly – a particular provider’s solutions can scale to handle the growth and success of your business.

Question #2: Does the provider have the specific and necessary experience to deploy and scale my IoT solution?

The strongest tools and services lose their effectiveness if they are not implemented correctly, so ensure that the provider you choose has the necessary experience in creating enterprise-grade solutions.

Make sure they have a proven history of delivering IoT solutions. While the term “Internet of Things” is a much more recent development, the concept of connecting devices to extract data and turn it into usable insight has been around for a long time. Microsoft has been creating enterprise-grade IoT solutions for more than two decades; you should bet on a provider with a successful history—and proven momentum in continuing to evolve the technology.

Make sure that the provider demonstrates a commitment to continued investment and innovation. If their solution looks promising now, can you ensure that it will continue to keep pace with technology evolution down the road? Find out if they are regularly enhancing their offerings, and developing new tools and services. And if they have the experience creating these solutions, make sure they have a strong, experienced partner ecosystem to implement them.

You should also ensure that the provider has a deep understanding the particular needs of your industry, and can deliver the industry-specific solutions you need.

You can read part one and part two of this series; in my next post, I’ll share some thoughts on how best to asses a provider’s solutions, and whether they’re a good fit for your company – now, and in the future.