ABSTRACT: Internet of Things (IoT) “platform” has become a term as nebulous as “cloud” was a decade ago, partly because the technologies are still taking shape. However, there are clear differences between an IoT connectivity platform that serves industrial markets and those for the consumer IoT, such as reliability, security, and integration with highly specific enterprise services like building and plant management systems. But since Industrial IoT (IIoT) platforms touch so many parts of both the operational technology (OT) on the plant floor as well as backend IT operations, who should control them? Mark Benson, CTO of IoT software platform vendor Exosite gives his opinion.
Mark Benson is Vice President of Engineering at SmartThings, a technology company based in Mountain View, CA and a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. Mark is a regular speaker and writer on the intersection of technology, business, and society as it relates to product development, technology leadership, strategic planning and execution, intellectual property portfolio management, software architecture, information security, competitive positioning, and organizational behavior.