Device management: A core capability of an IoT platform

IoT is about two things, managing applications driven by the data coming from “things” and managing the “things” themselves. According to PAC’s definition, a platform should address both areas to be called an “IoT platform”.

However, when I look at the IoT market, I get the impression that people talk much more about IoT application management, including all the related capabilities around data & analytics, than about IoT device management.


An infographic giving an overview of IoT oT application and device management

It’s time for a clear statement in this context: Device management is not just “nice to have”, it is a core capability of an IoT platform. This is particularly relevant as we see clear differences as to the depth of the capabilities of IoT platforms around device management in today’s market. One very positive exception in this space is the Bosch IoT Suite by Bosch Software Innovations, which offers a broad set of functions in this space – which is why PAC rated them as “best in class”:

IoT platform with many fields of application

These functions allow device managers to provision and deprovision, monitor and update IoT devices both individually and on large scale. Updating software and firmware on IoT devices, which ensures device security, bug fixing and the enablement of new features, is mission-critical for many different industries. Therefore, the device management capabilities of the Bosch IoT Suite are not limited to a single industry . Bosch can provide strong proof points from various client projects. This demonstrates that they can serve the heterogeneous device management needs of various use cases. For example: connected cars, connected machines, smart logistics, and all kinds of smart devices in buildings and homes.

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More information on IoT device management

Check out our device management white paper and learn why it is key for a successful enterprise IoT strategy.

Making cleaning technologies smarter: Read our customer case study with Mann+Hummel.

Device management is the key to future-proof IoT deployments. Our author Ansley Yeo explains why.

Want to know how IoT device management can be put into practice? Have a look at some of our use cases.


About the author

Arnold Vogt

Arnold Vogt

Mr. Vogt is a Principal Consultant at PAC Germany. His main responsibilities are market analyses and strategic consulting engagements around IoT, Industry 4.0/industrial IoT and smarter services. In this field, he provides advice to providers and users in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Prior to joining PAC in 2017, Mr. Vogt worked as Lead Advisor for IoT & Industry 4.0/industrial IoT at analyst firm Experton Group, where he was responsible for developing and carrying out vendor benchmarks. In addition, he worked on several client engagements around IoT and cloud computing. After completing his studies of business administration with a focus on marketing, Mr. Vogt worked in IBM’s marketing department for 15 years and held various positions with national and international responsibilities. In 2010 he completed his part-time MBA studies at the Henley Business School (University of Reading, UK); his thesis was about the diffusion of innovations and dealt with the question “What makes innovations successful in the market?” Arnold Vogt is a guest author for the Bosch ConnectedWorld Blog.