November 2016
Internet of Things

Welcome to the November Cirrostratus Group Newsletter.

In this month's newsletter I'm including an update on the IoT market and information about
the current state of IoT platform software. There really seems to be a lot of progress on the infrastructure for this market. Let's hope that the market grows as forecast, it could be quite an opportunity.

I have also included the annual Pacific Crest Securities survey of private SaaS companies. There is a lot of information on spending and operational approaches for smaller SaaS companies that is not available elsewhere.

I'm always interested in hearing about your plans for developing and offering cloud applications, let me know what your plans are.

Paul Ressler
The Cirrostratus Group  

Forrester recently released their Wave report for IoT Software Platforms and you can get a free copy from PTC. Four software vendors are in the leader category including PTC, IBM, GE and Microsoft. Of course we've heard about GE being in the software business and this is a good example of that. The report is a great way to get an understanding of what features Forrester believes are important to an IoT platform including:
  • Connect
  • Secure
  • Manage IoT Devices
  • Analyze Data
  • Build Applications

A recent Forbes article includes a collection of the most recent market predictions for IoT. Although the predictions of market size vary significantly and there are questions about timing this area continues to be an area of significant predicted size and opportunity. 



Pacific Crest Securities does an annual survey of private SaaS companies and the results are always quite comprehensive. The survey includes information on growth rates, go to market approaches, cost structure, pricing and churn. You can get a copy of the survey from their website.

Alternatively you can get an Infographic from David Skok. David also has much of the survey information available without providing your contact information, it comes in Part 1 and Part 2.



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