2019 Internet Of Things 50: 15 Coolest IoT Software And Services Companies

IoT 50: Software

Software is a critical element in the Internet of Things, allowing companies to collect data from sensors, manage endpoints, analyze trends and take actions that improve how they do business. Underlining this point, research firm IDC forecasts that IoT software spending will reach $154 billion in 2019 and grow faster than spending on hardware, services, sensors and other categories over the next five years. These software and services include solutions for connectivity, device management, data orchestration and application development, among many other things.

Here are 15 companies with the coolest IoT software and services offerings right now.

Amazon Web Services

Top Executive: Andy Jassy, CEO

Seattle-based Amazon Web Services is set on making IoT development more accessible and scalable with new tools like IoT Things Graph, with its visual drag-and-drop interface, and IoT Analytics, a fully managed service that automates the most difficult steps of analyzing IoT data.


Top Executive: Randall Stephenson, CEO

Dallas-based AT&T provides an IoT platform for multiple use cases, including heavy equipment, smart cities and asset management. The platform’s capabilities include global connectivity and management, device on-boarding and management services, data orchestration, data visualization and solution automation.


Top Executive: Brian Roberts, CEO

Comcast offers IoT services through its machineQ subsidiary, which provides hardware and software solutions for low-power, wide-area network deployments. The Philadelphia-based company’s MQcentral gateway and device management platform enables customers to provision devices, run diagnostics and set custom rules.

Google Cloud

Top Executive: Thomas Kurian, CEO

Mountain View, Calif.-based Google Cloud is expanding its IoT capabilities with the recent introduction of Cloud IoT Device SDK, a open-source software development kit that enables developers to connect, provision and manage devices with low-energy requirements and small form factors to Cloud IoT Core.


Top Executive: Ginni Rometty, CEO

IBM’s IoT offerrings include Maximo Asset Management, which enables real-time asset monitoring and management for oil and gas, among other verticals. The Armonk, N.Y.-based company’s flagship Watson IoT platform now includes a blockchain service to increase trust and transparency in the supply chain.


Top Executive: Jed Ayres, CEO, North America

IGEL is making it easier to manage and secure IoT devices with its endpoint management software, Universal Management Suite, which covers connected devices across a variety of industries. The German company’s platform includes support for Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.


Top Executive: Satya Nadella, CEO

Following on its promise last year to invest $5 billion in IoT projects over the next four years, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft is launching new products, such as Azure Sphere, a first-of-its-kind IoT offering for securing microcontroller units, and the Azure IoT Central deployment and management platform.


Top Executives: Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, CEOs

Oracle provides an IoT cloud enterprise platform that enables customers to quickly develop applications for use cases such as remote equipment monitoring and asset tracking. The Redwood City, Calif.-based company recently integrated Here Technologies’ Here Location Suite into its IoT services.


Top Executive: Jim Heppelmann, CEO

With new partnerships with Rockwell Automation and Microsoft, Boston-based PTC is gaining more momentum in the industrial IoT space between its ThingWorx platform, which is releasing new capabilities such as the Operator Advisor workforce productivity offering, and augmented reality.

Red Hat

Top Executive: James Whitehurst, President, CEO

A leading open-source tool vendor for IoT development, Red Hat provides a range of offerings for collecting, storing and generating insight from data. The Raleigh, N.C.-based company is partnering with Cloudera and Eurotech for a new IoT architecture that runs on multi- or hybrid-cloud environments.


Top Executive: Bill McDermott, CEO

Germany-based SAP is jumping further into the Internet of Things fray with the recent launch of Leonardo IoT, a new platform that aims to help enterprises capture data from a variety of IoT sources, analyze it in conjunction with SAP applications and create new business models.


Top Executive: Bruce Chatterley, CEO

Portsmouth, N.H.-based Senet provides IoT connectivity offereings through its large low-power, wide-area network in North America for applications and solution providers—a service that was recently boosted in a new partnership with Arrow Electronics, making it easier to deploy gateways on Senet’s network.


Top Executive: Michel Combes, CEO

Sprint is making a big bet on IoT with the launch of its new Curiosity IoT platform for managing and securing devices in collaboration with majority owner SoftBank while the Overland Park, Kan.-based company gives channel partners an easy way to enter the market with its Sprint IoT-in-a-box offering.


Top Executive: Hans Vestberg, CEO

Basking Ridge, N.J.-based Verizon provides a wide range of IoT products and services across multiple use cases, including smart communities, mobile commerce and telematics. Its smart communities offerings, for instance, include intelligent traffic management, which uses machine-to-machine technologies to improve traffic flow.

Zebra Technologies

Top Executive: Anders Gustafsson, CEO

With its “Enterprise Asset Intelligence” vision around IoT, Zebra Technologies is starting off the year strong with its acquisition of temperature monitoring vendor Temptime, which gives the Lincolnshire, Ill.-based company an edge in digital temperature monitoring solutions for health care.