The Edge to Enterprise - Avnet and IBM Partner to Deliver IoT Offering

Display portlet menu

The Edge to Enterprise - Avnet and IBM Partner to Deliver IoT Offering

digital image of the continents


The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to dominate discussions around boardroom tables, in IT departments, and at industry forums. The long-term effects of this market are yet to be felt, but organizations are beginning to see the IoT as a critical enabler on their path to digital transformation. By connecting endpoints — and understanding the behavior and data — organizations can change business processes, create new revenue streams, improve productivity, or eliminate inefficiencies.

However, organizations are still struggling with how to step into this market. Cost and security concerns are always top of mind when looking at new investment areas, but organizations are also struggling with how to engage with vendors to help architect a solution that is right for their own purposes. The vendor ecosystem in the IoT is complex. The IoT is not just one piece of technology but an interrelated collection of hardware, software, services, and connectivity that must work together as a bigger solution. The challenge is finding the right vendors or partners that can work to bring a holistic and complete solution together.

In this market, it is of paramount importance for vendors to determine where strategic partnerships are needed and beneficial in serving their customers' needs. Partnerships that will succeed will have complementary offerings and skills, tools to enable their teams to work side by side, and the mutual desire to serve the customers' best interests. One such example is the work that Avnet and IBM, through their strategic partnership, have done to bring a cohesive solution to market that covers the IoT spectrum of "edge to the enterprise."


This white paper examines the Internet of Things market with a lens on the complexity of the vendor ecosystem and how partnerships are enabling holistic solutions to come to market. It discusses the overall market opportunity that IoT is creating, especially in the industrial sector. The white paper also discusses the key benefits of a successful partnering strategy when evaluating IoT solutions. An overview of Avnet's edge-to-enterprise IoT offering — in partnership with IBM and using its Watson IoT portfolio — is also provided.


The IoT as an Enabler of Digital Transformation

The Internet of Things is a key enabler of digital transformation. Digital transformation is affecting organizations across industries and regions as they look to adopt a connected strategy to monitor, observe, and capture information from endpoints. IDC defines digital transformation as the continuous process by which organizations adapt to or drive disruptive changes in their customers and markets (external ecosystem) by leveraging digital competencies to innovate new business models, products, and services that seamlessly blend digital and physical and business and customer experiences while improving operational efficiencies and organizational performance. With IoT as a key element of digital transformation strategies, organizations are seeing significant changes to their businesses, whether they are evident in improved productivity, deeper customer insight, reduced costs, or even additional revenue streams.

IDC defines the IoT as a network of uniquely identifiable endpoints (or "things") that communicate bidirectionally without human interaction using IP connectivity. The ecosystem that supports the IoT includes a complex mix of technologies not limited to modules/devices, connectivity, IoT platforms, storage, servers, security, analytics software, and IT services. IDC expects that by 2020, spending on the IoT will be $1.46 trillion, with more than 30 billion "things" connected.

It is important to note that IoT is not a single technology or application but a complex collection of hardware, software, services, and connectivity that must come together cohesively to solve a business problem. IDC has identified the IoT ecosystem as having several key players, including component manufacturers, connectivity providers, and software/storage/server and cloud vendors, as well as the analytics and security and the IT services needed to deliver a holistic solution. Figure 1 provides a diagram of the interworking elements of the ecosystem.


Elements of the IoT Ecosystem

Role of IoT in the Industrial Segment

While IoT has the potential to affect organizations across industries, one could argue that IoT has been happening in the industrial sector for years. However, deployments were often point solutions that weren't integrated, nor did they deliver the data in a meaningful way that processes could be optimized, overlay services could be offered, or feedback loops could be created. The IoT is driving significant transformation in the industrial sector.

For manufacturers, the IoT is bringing the necessary capabilities to connected products, assets, and supply chains. Manufacturers and their suppliers can leverage a combination of software, cloud, sensors, and IP-enabled connectivity to change products and processes. The information captured in connected products and processes can serve as a feedback loop to change design or improve productivity. It also has the potential to transform industrial organizations from being product focused to being service focused with the ability to connect, monitor, manage, and maintain disparate endpoints.

However, manufacturers are still struggling with how to step into this market, particularly with regard to engaging with vendors to help architect a solution that's right for the individual organization's own purposes. The vendor ecosystem in the IoT is complex. The IoT is not just one piece of technology but an interrelated collection of hardware, software, services, and connectivity that must work together as a bigger solution. In talking with organizations preparing to integrate a connected product or process strategy, IDC found that one of the biggest hurdles is deciding what device to deploy for the specific use case. Yet, after that decision is made, figuring out how to layer on the platform, analytics, and cloud infrastructure can become complex. It becomes even more critical to find a vendor that can provide the guidance, capabilities, and ecosystem relationships in making these investments.

Picking a Vendor in the IoT

Finding the right vendor is a challenge that many organizations are struggling with today as they contemplate IoT projects. What vendor will best serve the organization's needs as a partner in an IoT investment and the overall deployment is critical as the IoT strategy is determined. IDC believes that no one vendor will provide all the elements; rather, a group of vendors will partner to develop a holistic offering across their assets. While one vendor may take the role of being central to the project, this vendor will have to rely on the expertise, products, and solutions that its partners have included.

IDC conducted a research study in mid-2015 to examine the preferences, plans, opportunities, and challenges facing IT and line-of-business decision makers across 15 countries globally. When respondents were asked about the selection criteria used when choosing an IoT vendor, it became clear that these decision makers are looking for a proven, holistic IoT solution that comes from a strong group of vendors with established strategic partnerships across the ecosystem (see Figure 2).


Factors for Selecting IoT Vendors

Q. When you are selecting IoT vendors and suppliers to help you achieve your 2015 and 2016 business/technology strategy, what are the top 3 IoT vendor/supplier criteria?

n = 1,971

Source: IDC's Global IoT Decision Maker Survey, July 2015

IDC continues to see the IoT market evolve as enterprise decision makers look to vendors that have established partnerships as a means to support their customers' needs and requirements. Vendors that have embraced strong partnership strategies are positioned for success because it means they have recognized that the strengths of their collective assets and offerings outweigh their individual opportunity.


Benefits of a Strong Partnership Model

In the Internet of Things, the complexity of the market and the solutions themselves will not disappear anytime soon. Organizations will be looking for ways to simplify their deployments, and it will be critical for the supply side to have coordinated efforts as a means to deliver holistic and seamless solutions to meet the requirements of these customers.

In talking with organizations that have begun IoT projects and those that are looking to invest in a connected strategy, IDC has built a list of benefits that partner solutions bring to the market, including:

  • Complementary skills/offerings. Vendors working with partners that offer products, services, or solutions that don't overlap, but complement, the initial product set will see success as they work with partners that have complementary skills or offerings.
  • Ecosystem savvy. Vendors working with partners that offer exposure to new areas of the IoT ecosystem will help ensure that the combined offer is reaching the largest buyer audience possible. This is especially important for vendors that have a legacy in the IT side of the business. The IoT introduces many elements of operations technology (OT), and having a partner that can speak the language of OT and bridge the gap between IT and OT is priceless.
  • Digital transformation philosophy. It is important for vendors working together in a partnership to have a collective view on how they can help their customers evolve digitally using the best of their hardware, software, and services capabilities.
  • Edge-to-enterprise capability. Vendors that can bring together a solution that solves the whole package of edge device, software, services, and connectivity for an organization have an advantage over vendors providing point solutions. In the former instance, organizations can focus on the outcomes and business change rather than worry about how the piece parts will fit together. This saves time and resources in the end and delivers an integrated solution.

The Role of the Device OEM in the IoT Partner Ecosystem

While all elements of the IoT ecosystem —- whether hardware, software, services, or connectivity — are critical in building a holistic solution, IDC would be remiss in not mentioning the important role that the device OEM plays in the ecosystem. These particular vendors are critical to ensuring the design and engineering of these "things," including the functionality that allows them to be connected in the first place.

The device landscape in the IoT is extremely fragmented, and organizations are facing the challenge of picking the "right" connected device to fold into a connected solution strategy. While evaluating different solutions, customers need to look at who their vendors are partnering with from a device OEM perspective to ensure that the best devices and sensors are incorporated into the overall solution architecture.

IoT solution providers that have established strategic partnerships with device OEMs as a means of focusing on specific use cases or vertical applications demonstrate understanding the importance of piecing together all the elements necessary to build a holistic IoT solution.


Avnet is a provider of electronic components, embedded technology, and technology solutions.
The company works with device OEMs and equipment manufacturers as well as resellers and ISVs. Avnet is positioned to play an important role in the Internet of Things because of its close relationships with not only device OEMs but also the resellers and ISVs that are bringing IoT solutions to market.
In other words, Avnet has the breadth in its offering to provide a full IoT experience from the edge to the enterprise through hardware, software, and services integration from the endpoint (or "thing")
to the gateway to the network to the datacenter or the cloud. However, like all vendors in the IoT market, Avnet cannot solve the overall complexity of IoT by itself. As a means to building out its
IoT portfolio and providing scale to its portfolio, Avnet has strategically partnered with IBM.

From its Embedded and Electronics Marketing business, Avnet has the capability to provide the devices, gateways, and connectivity, and with its Technology Solutions business, Avnet is able to bring the expertise through its business partners in the areas of analytics, data warehousing, security, asset management, and cloud.

According to IBM's Jack Desjardins, the partnership with Avnet is a strong fit because IBM's customers need to have access to the smart, connected endpoints that have connectivity and cloud functionality built within the components. This allows IBM to integrate these components into IBM's Watson IoT Platform.

IBM itself continues to invest heavily in the IoT and seeks to be a key player in the market. In April 2015, IBM announced a $3 billion investment over the following four years to deliver IoT solutions and services to its customers — with the focus on efficiently helping create, build, and manage connected products and systems at the heart of the IoT. In late 2015, IBM announced its IBM Watson IoT portfolio, which continues IBM's focus on being the provider of enterprise IoT by enabling businesses to transform their industry with new services, offerings, and sources of revenue.

Making the Edge-to-Enterprise Story a Possibility

One of the biggest assets Avnet brings to the embedded end of the spectrum is its new Industrial IoT (IIoT) Starter Kit, which is based on Avnet's MicroZed platform. Avnet also offers its Visible Things platform to customers in EMEA. The IIoT Starter Kit provides the hardware and embedded software to connect smart sensors to the cloud. It allows organizations to prototype and develop designs with the technology building blocks that allow for production-grade industrial systems.

The Avnet Industrial IoT Starter Kit provides an excellent example of how Avnet's smart, connected systems can integrate with the IBM Watson IoT Platform, bringing additional cloud services and applications from the IBM Bluemix portfolio. With Avnet's IIoT Starter Kit and IBM's Watson IoT solution set, customers have the chance to rapidly build out IoT solutions that are smart and connected and have access to the robust cognitive capabilities that IBM offers.

Both the edge solutions and gateway are IBM Bluemix enabled, allowing easy integration into IBM's Watson IoT Platform. The Watson IoT Platform is a fully managed, cloud-hosted service that makes it simple to build and deploy applications for IoT devices, sensors, and gateways. It provides solutions for device registration, connectivity, control, rapid visualization, and storage of data derived for the IoT. When combined with the IBM Bluemix environment, and access to secure Watson APIs, the platform allows users to integrate and analyze predictive, cognitive, and contextual analytics for stronger decision making. In the end, the IBM partnership brings the cloud to Avnet's OEM customers. Conversely, it allows IBM customers to gain access to, and integrate with, the OEMs building connected sensors and devices. The partnership between Avnet and IBM is made real by the integration of their best-of-breed technologies.

Avnet also provides OEMs and ISVs with access to IBM's Bluemix and Watson IoT Platform services via the Avnet Cloud Marketplace so they can design and build scalable and secure IoT applications for connected sensors using a simple, common, and open development environment. To support this effort, these OEMs and ISVs can leverage Avnet Academy to access IBM Bluemix and Watson IoT Platform training.

At the other end of the IoT spectrum, Avnet's partnership with IBM provides the important linkage to the cloud and analytics functionality that is crucial to developing end-to-end IoT solutions. In particular, IBM provides the expertise and tools needed for cognitive analytics, information management, data warehousing, asset management, and security. These are critical elements for organizations to develop IoT solutions that take an edge-to-enterprise approach.

Together, Avnet and IBM are able to provide a complete solution — from the device and gateways to the datacenter and cloud through to the business applications and analytics needed to drive business outcomes ranging from operational improvements and enhanced customer experiences to full industry transformations. Put simply, Avnet is facilitating the connection between the cloud and analytics and the increasing number of smart sensors through its IoT development kits and platforms through Avnet Cloud Marketplace at the silicon layer. The combination of Avnet Design Services and IBM's global cloud footprint as well as industry-leading cognitive capabilities and Watson IoT Platform provides a compelling end-to-end IoT solution for OEM and ISV developers.

Avnet and IBM — A Complete IoT Offering

The strategic partnership between Avnet and IBM provides an excellent case study of how vendors can come together to augment and complement offerings for a market. In the case of the Internet of Things, this partnership allows both vendors to contribute to a holistic value proposition that truly extends from the edge to the enterprise. From providing the right tools to the device OEMs to develop connected solutions to providing the links to cloud and analytics functionality, the Avnet-IBM combined offering gives Avnet customers from both the OEM perspective and the reseller perspective the tools necessary to enable and deliver IoT solutions.


The Internet of Things market requires a complex set of devices, software, and services to come together in order for meaningful solutions to be developed. The solutions that will resonate with customers are those that account for the entire spectrum of the IoT value chain — from the edge to the enterprise. IDC acknowledges that no one vendor can provide that complete value proposition because the IoT is a collection of technologies across the entire IT landscape. With this in mind, vendors must work together to develop cohesive offerings. The Avnet and IBM partnership embodies a holistic strategy to solve the challenges of allowing connected sensors to link to the necessary cloud and analytics applications needed for IoT outcomes to be realized.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact- based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,100 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company.

Global Headquarters

5 Speen Street Framingham, MA 01701 USA
Twitter: @IDC


Copyright Notice

External Publication of IDC Information and Data — Any IDC information that is to be used in advertising, press releases, or promotional materials requires prior written approval from the appropriate IDC Vice President or Country Manager. A draft of the proposed document should accompany any such request. IDC reserves the right to deny approval of external usage for any reason.

Copyright 2016 IDC. Reproduction without written permission is completely forbidden.



Related Articles
tech workers gathered around table during meeting
5 tips to structure IoT systems for insights
By Lou Lutostanski   -   November 21, 2019
Remember: check that every choice you make is laying the foundation for delivering insights.
Business people around a table in a meeting about IoT security
Customization comes with a competitive edge—and security challenge
By Guillaume Crinon   -   October 29, 2019
Whether you have an in-house team or are exporting the building of infrastructure to a trusted partner, make sure the team is asking the right questions when it comes to implementing and deploying IoT solutions.
cars being built in automated factory
Why settle for just any IoT platform?
October 17, 2019
To capitalize on IoT, it's important to assess exactly what's needed from an IoT platform like security, interoperability and flexibility.
group of young people at office table discussing project
Don’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to IoT
October 17, 2019
Avnet’s scalable, repeatable vertical SaaS applications are each between 60 and 80% complete, speeding time to market in IoT.
the number 10 with the word
10 Things Every Intelligent Systems Needs
April 20, 2018
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way businesses use technology. This web of interconnected devices and machines gathers information from gas-oil-water exploration sensors to sensors in corn fields, to medical devices and train control sys
IoT conceptual icons in cloud server room
IoT: More Than Just Cool Technology
By Alex Iuorio   -   March 14, 2017
I can’t remember the last time I read an article about the Internet of Things (IoT) that didn’t start with market projections about the phenomenal number of devices that will be enabled in the next five to 10 years.
tablet with iCloud image and IoT icons
Finding the Best Wireless Option for Your IoT Design
March 6, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) relies on a facile communications framework able to move data easily between embedded "things" and systems located at higher levels of the IoT hierarchy. For designers, a diverse set of wireless connectivity options...
Capstone's IntelliH2O® intelligent water meter
Connected tech helps cities conserve resources and reduce costs
January 28, 2020
Capstone enables municipalities to save water with a little help from the Internet of Things (IoT) — and Avnet’s IoTConnect platform and Partner Program
man wearing virtual reality headset with graphic overlays
How LoRaWAN and AI at the Edge Revolutionize the IoT
January 3, 2020
Learn how LoRaWAN and artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge can revolutionize the internet of things by reducing data transmission and improving latency.
couple checking smart watches while exercising
Redefining nanopower for the Internet of Things
December 9, 2019
Internet of Things trends today revolve around shiny objects—whether they be artificial intelligence or blockchain—but what if one of the most revolutionary parts of the IoT is something designers consider every day in devices?
internet of things visualization with finger pointing to it
Securing the Keys to the Kingdom: Hardening the IoT-connected supply chain
November 21, 2019
To harden the IoT-connected supply chain, cybersecurity strategies need to move beyond a single enterprise’s digital infrastructure and encompass all the players within the value chain.
field of linear dots on blue background
3 ways IoT means true business transformation
October 17, 2019
IoT is business transformation and will change organizations more than Six Sigma or agile methodologies or social media.
Three men and woman having discussion in network operations center
Your business doesn’t have one IoT use case, it has dozens
October 17, 2019
It’s a well-worn story: finding the appropriate use case is crucial to ensuring that organizations can build an IoT system structured for insights.
Robotic arm industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0
Wired together: How automation systems power the Industrial Internet of Things
July 16, 2019
From process control and automotive assembly, to robotics and the food and beverage industry, the concept behind Industry 4.0 touches all industries.
Three men and woman in meeting
Getting started in enterprise IoT: Six tricks for solving the puzzle
July 9, 2019
IoT is like a technological Rubik’s Cube. Here are some of the best tips to solving the IoT puzzle.
person inserting probes into computer board
Don’t ignore analog—it’s the secret sauce of IoT
May 19, 2019
Most of the innovation in IoT is focused on digital technology. From power servers running software in the cloud, to increasingly more intelligent devices operating ever closer to the edge in our factories, homes and personal devices. What is often l
two robotic arms
Decreasing Time to Design in the Industrial Internet of Things
April 23, 2019
The huge potential for innovation in industrial IoT (IIoT) offers the promise of significant productivity gains, operational efficiency and bottom line revenue increases, but only if it’s enabled by a supply chain based on reliability, stability an
IoT Connect Platform Graphic
Designing for the IoT as Intelligence Moves to the Edge
April 23, 2019
The Internet of Everything will be all inclusive, from huge data centers to single-purpose sensors. While individual power requirements vary across the IoT, the need for energy efficiency will be present everywhere.
young woman at desk using smartphone
Don’t get caught in proof of concept purgatory
By Lou Lutostanski   -   April 9, 2019
Here are the 5 classic signs you are in PoC purgatory.
outdoor weather sensors
Making sense of sensors
March 26, 2019
If creators still don’t think that sensors are getting the attention they deserve now, then there really is no limit to where the IoT can go.
illustration of two people shaking hands with overlay of data points
How to Turn IoT Insights into Action
By   -   March 22, 2019
While an IoT platform can generate a lot of insight, you don’t improve your organization’s efficiency, increase customer satisfaction, or open a new business opportunity without applying it.
field of green icons
The Art of Creating IoT Insights
By Lou Lutostanski   -   March 13, 2019
One of the biggest opportunities created by the Internet of Things (IoT) is the ability to use data to generate surprising new insights that guide you to act.
depiction of data flowing against a black backdrop
Data Defines Your Destiny in IoT
By Lou Lutostanski   -   March 8, 2019
Data can be daunting. It’s intangible, invisible and typically isolated in physical things like the trucks in your fleet, monitors in your hospitals, or machines in your factory.
A group of colleagues working in a computer security room having a discussion
Avnet and Microsoft Azure Sphere: IoT security in hardware, software and at the edge
March 5, 2019
IoT has transformed various industries by automating them at large, but the security concerns associated are just as large as the market opportunity this technology presents. That’s where Azure Sphere comes in.
person holding superimposed globe with IoT symbols
Reimagining the ‘things’ of IoT
By Bill Amelio   -   February 28, 2019
While our collective vision for IoT’s impact on the future is grand in scale, it is still too easy for companies to get distracted by the minutiae of our present day IoT challenges.
A doctor writing on a clipboard
How AI-powered virtual assistants can transform healthcare
February 26, 2019
We have witnessed a paradigm shift in the way patients are being treated by the doctors with the help of AI and machine learning.
shopping cart in grocery store
4 ways AI connects retailers and customers
February 25, 2019
Technologies like machine learning and AI help retailers to process massive amounts of customer data. And with this data in hand, retailers can thoroughly understand their customers’ buying behavior.
computer monitor in factory
How leading manufacturing companies are reaping various benefits of AI
February 25, 2019
Manufacturing companies are applying AI-powered analytics for multiple use cases, such as, cutting unplanned downtime, better product designing, increasing product quality, ensuring employee safety, and many more.
futuristic city scene
The Car: A Rolling Smart Device
February 5, 2019
Be it for streaming your favorite music, sending emails or getting real-time information on traffic jams: cars have long since played host to mobile internet—and will continue to via diagnostics, hotspots and ADAS.
 Avnet booth at CES 2019
Our Top Takeaways from CES 2019
January 15, 2019
More than 180,000 people flocked to Las Vegas for CES, where Avnet debuted IoT and AI products as well as showed the expertise within our global ecosystem.
man using tablet computer in industrial setting
5 of the best artificial intelligence use cases
January 3, 2019
AI’s upgraded algorithms make predictive analytics, parse data, and help businesses make smarter decisions from the boardroom to the factory floor.
group of young people wearing virtual reality headsets
Top 6 Trends: Get ready to meet the demand for IoT solutions
December 11, 2018
Gartner predicts that in less than two years, more than 20 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be deployed. Here are the top six technology trends to ensure your IoT strategies are successful.
Person going through security using IoT-enabled thumbprint scanning technology
2018 Was IoT’s Breakout Year
December 11, 2018
From connected devices at home to security cameras and sensors in factories, the acceleration of IoT in 2018 has ignited the imagination and pushed product development in new directions.
Doctor checking on a patient from a remote patient monitoring device -- artificial intelligence
AI From A-Z: The biggest buzzwords around artificial intelligence
November 28, 2018
Companies across markets from consumer electronics to factory floors are finding power in the introduction of two letters: AI (artificial intelligence).
worker using tablet computer to monitor industrial robotic arm
The Building Blocks of IoT: You Just Can't Stack Them Up
By Bill Amelio   -   November 14, 2018
I’ve spent my entire career in the business of technology, and I’ve watched many ideas go from “shiny new object” to “buzzword” to “table stakes.”
Wi-Fi router on desk
How wireless communication protocols make or break designs
November 11, 2018
The design process includes many critical decisions for engineers, such as which wireless communications protocol to use.
group of professionals in a meeting
How startups can integrate with design partners
November 9, 2018
While it might feel like the rubber truly meets the road at the manufacturing stage, the design process is truly where creators’ great ideas take shape. It’s also where you’ll make major decisions that impact your production and deployment.
Crowd watching live rock band playing on stage
How the Deaf Experience Music—Then and Now
November 8, 2018
When you think of experiencing music, what comes to mind? The sound. But sound is vibrations—and the key to how Avnet created a wearable to allow deaf and hard of hearing people to listen to live music.
Thee men standing around a computer monitor
The 3 IoT Security Fundamentals Startups Need to Know
November 6, 2018
In a startup environment, when funding sources—or lack thereof—are looming every day, security might not be on the top of your mind. Here are 3 reasons why it should ... and what to consider about security.
young professionals in office setting around computer screen
How to Turn Your IoT Solution into Recurring Revenue
By Lou Lutostanski   -   November 6, 2018
Companies in almost every industry are investing in Internet of Things (IoT) applications with high hopes of creating new revenue streams. Here's how you can ensure ROI from your deployment.
Edge AI robotic hand using laptop
IoT at the Edge: How AI Will Transform IoT Architecture
By Lou Lutostanski   -   October 26, 2018
Futurists say artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform business and society more profoundly than the industrial and digital revolutions combined, and we’re now starting to see how that world might shape up.
Electronic body suits hanging on racks
3 Lessons for Hardware Creators from a Desert Music Festival
September 25, 2018
When a creator has a big idea, they often need a big partner to help them make it happen. Music: Not Impossible was no exception.
Two IoT professionals have a meeting to discuss strategy
Does your IoT strategy have a connection problem?
September 7, 2018
You’ve heard it everywhere: IoT is a game-changer, a disrupter and a gigantic business opportunity for everyone. That’s all well and good. However, the reality is that many companies have eyes bigger than their stomachs when it comes to IoT.
Solar panels providing an alternate power source with the city skyline they are powering in the background
Alternative Solutions For Powering IoT Devices
August 9, 2018
In this article, we look at why edge devices need power, and the options for reducing this need to a level where energy harvesting becomes sustainable.
Smartphone held next to locked door
How Secured Is Your IoT Business?
June 18, 2018
Think of reliability, safety and profit when considering security in the Internet of Things
trade show floor with people at vendor booths
Blending IT, OT among hot topics at IoT World 2018
May 17, 2018
Avnet Internet of Things experts harnessed the knowledge gained from working with more than 2 million customers around the world to present ideas at IoT World 2018 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Bill Amelio
As technology reshapes our world, ecosystems reshape our business models
By Bill Amelio   -   April 25, 2018
See why businesses are now increasingly reliant on formal structures that tap into the power of partnership - “the company you keep.”
IoT icons with a world map background
Insurance and the Internet of Things
April 21, 2018
Learn about the impacts of IoT on insurance - from auto, home, health and other insurance policies.
automated vehicle factory
Ensuring robust connectivity in the Industrial Internet of Things
April 20, 2018
The industrial Internet of Things promises to bring greater visibility and control of manufacturing processes. To achieve its potential, however, industrial data networks need robust interconnect solutions able to maintain robust connectivity despite
Man and woman making an adjustment to hardware wiring
Why Blockchain May Not Reach Beyond the IP Gateway in IoT Security
By Guillaume Crinon   -   April 19, 2018
Gain an understanding the basics of crypto currencies and the security built into them.
 Woman controlling thermostat temperature via mobile device
4 energy applications for smart home technologies
April 4, 2018
See four energy and utilities applications that can transform a one-off technology into an integral part of the home of the future.
Man wearing smart watch
Security and surveillance: two sides of the coin in smart homes
April 4, 2018
With smart building automation and home security comes the need to protect a home's hardware and software.
Person holding smartphone next to door
From enabled to proactive: the evolution of home automation
April 3, 2018
The demand for smart homes is booming and homes are getting 'smarter' along the way.
Three young men and young woman chatting in meeting room
3 Steps to IoT Deployment
By Michael Lamp   -   March 6, 2018
To succeed with IoT deployment you need to start well at the beginning to get your project to a strong conclusion.
Business people in meeting
IoT for Enterprise: 4 Concerns to Consider Before Deployment
By Michael Lamp   -   March 6, 2018
Interoperability, customization and convergence - some of the main concerns businesses tend to face when it comes to deploying IoT.
young man and woman inspecting equipment in computer datacenter
Buy or build your IoT infrastructure?
By Michael Lamp   -   March 6, 2018
Read about the questions many businesses face when starting to create plans for an IoT project.
Two young men and young woman looking at tablet computer in datacenter
IoT Technology 101
By Christian Curtis   -   March 6, 2018
Learn what’s in market today for IoT and what innovations are ahead.
Young man holding laptop
5 (nearly) universal IoT security problems
By Guillaume Crinon   -   February 6, 2018
While IoT is chock full of customization, there are security measures that thread through nearly all deployments.
Four people sitting at a table collaborating on a project
Why does it take 10 partners to start an IoT project?
By Michael Lamp   -   January 18, 2018
Most companies say it takes up to 10 partners to even start an IoT project. We try to understand why.
 Woman using tablet and working in data center
The importance of end-to-end security schemes for IoT deployments
By Guillaume Crinon   -   January 18, 2018
IoT machine and device security relies on trusted identities.
Avnet booth at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show
3 Hardware Takeaways from CES 2018
January 18, 2018
If the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is any indication, a huge hardware evolution is coming.
2D shape of a hea with digital data overlay and the work IoT
Cognitive Computing and IBM Watson IoT: Unlocking the Power of Information
December 9, 2017
Businesses, academic institutions, cities, and other enterprises may have diverse objectives and missions but all have two things in common: Data, lots of it, and the need for a comprehensive—and comprehensible—way to make use of it. Most executi
supply chain concept with vehicles and tools around the work IoT
For Industry 4.0, Reliability Builds on Robust Connections
December 9, 2017
Looking to relieve increasing product complexity and cost pressures, manufacturers are moving toward the next phase of industrial automation envisioned in Industry 4.0. In this concept, smart factories respond instantly to changing workloads to more
hands holding iPhone with overlaid IoT icons
Avnet: Your Key Enabler for Efficient IoT Product Development
December 8, 2017
There’s no shortage of hype when it comes to IoT! Fashion designers, futurists, gadget geeks, salespeople…Beyond the logistic efficiencies and capabilities of being the largest global component distributor, Avnet focuses significant technica
factory with robotic welders
Zero Downtime Industrial IoT Using Programmable SoCs
July 10, 2017
See an IP design from SoC-e for the Xilinx Zynq®-7000 SoC, providing a flexible solution for equipment that will be connected to HSR rings, PRP LANs, etc.
random digital data on black background
Driving Data with Unintentional New Uses: Internet of Things
June 11, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a natural evolution of the things we already make today. It is created by the convergence of several key trends, including: growing intelligence of devices that put new power to good use, ubiquitous and cheap connecti
IoT WiFi icons over cityscape
How Retailers are Using Location Awareness Technology to Track Buyers’ Habits
April 21, 2017
Location tracking has been in use for a lot longer than one may expect. For example, military Special Forces and intelligence organizations have been using trackers and tracers for decades. Auto theft recovery services such as LoJack have offered rea
IoT concept image with icons in cloud bubbles over cityscape
Harnessing the Power of IoT: Microsoft’s Unique Approach
April 19, 2017
Little could this now-famous British serial entrepreneur have known in 1999 that the name he chose to define his approach for using RFID in P&G’s supply chain would top Gartner’s 2015 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report. Hackneyed though
blue digital data
Real-Time Operating Systems - What's Really at the Core
April 2, 2017
For most design engineers, the Internet of Things is referenced regularly. From an abundance of applications and security concerns to discussions about how data will be used, the topic of IoT is pervasive. When questions arise regarding the core of I
smart phone with IoT icon overlay
OCF and Thread Group Alliance Boosts Windows 10 and its Smart Home Initiative
March 29, 2017
Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and Thread Group, recently collaborated to fire up the automated ‘smart home’ functionalities on the Windows 10 operating system.
conceptual graphic of IoT icons around a blue globe
An Introduction to IoT Components
March 29, 2017
From locomotives and jet engines to baby monitors and home appliance controls, new applications are challenging the imaginations of designers — both in startup companies and within giant corporations.
energy harvesting concept with green batteries sprouting from the ground
Powering the Internet of Things via Energy Harvesting
March 27, 2017
The push is on to add Internet capability to everything—often called the Internet of Things (IoT)—and the challenge for design engineers is to figure out how to power each of these IoT nodes.
night time cityscape with fast-moving traffic
10 Companies and Municipalities that Are Harnessing the Internet of Things to Run Smarter Cities
March 25, 2017
Many of the devices we interact with today are enabled by computers and connected to the Internet. Much of the popular interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) focuses on consumer electronics, with everything from smart refrigerators to thermostats,
man holding out his hand with icon overlay
The Internet of Everything is Here…or Is It?
March 18, 2017
The next great age of technology is the Internet of Things (IoT), if, that is, you believe everything you read on the Internet.
America flag with WIFI icon
It’s Time For The Government And The Internet Of Things
March 15, 2017
The Internet of Things or IoT has become quite the well-known term in the past year or two. What started out as a radical concept – connecting everything to everything else and to the Internet!
nurse checking person wearing health monitoring system on wrist
Internet of Things: Designing Sensor-Based Devices with Coin Cell Batteries
March 11, 2017
A popular vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that it will comprise billions of sensors gathering information about their local environment and transmitting that data back to servers in the cloud. Such data will be compiled, analyzed and shared
hand holding smart phone with IoT icons emanating from the phone
Indispensable Building Blocks of Mobile IoT Devices
March 10, 2017
The concept of IoT connected devices connotes many different ideas. Some think of data centers full of servers, network switches and storage arrays aggregating untold gigabytes of random data. Others identify with Ethernet-enabled devices in their pl
woman looking at tablet on airplane
The Internet of Things at Cruising Altitude: Airlines and the IoT
March 10, 2017
What are your thoughts when you step onto an airplane? “Where’s my seat?” “Is this a Wi-Fi flight?” “I hope I make my connection.”
shiping yard vehicles, airplan with IoT icons overlay
How the IoT will Change the Supply Chain?
March 10, 2017
The potential applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technology across any industry or sector are vast. Existing and future IoT applications promise new ways of value creation and revenue streams for businesses in a digital world.
bee polinating a puple flower field
What’s All The Buzz About? Bees And Smart Map Technology
March 8, 2017
You’ve heard about the problems with the bees, right? Their population numbers are dwindling and that’s not good news.
two racks of hanging clothing
The Internet of Slacks? IoT and Smart Clothing
March 8, 2017
When you think of wearable technology you probably think about those fitness trackers that you wear on your wrist. What you probably don’t think about is your shirt, your pants or even your socks.
diagram of smartphone and connected devices
IoT Security: Real Problems and Solutions
By Guillaume Crinon   -   March 8, 2017
Learn about the real issues behind “IoT security,” and challenges for customers both from hardware and embedded / server software aspects.
key against a map of the world
Differentiated FPGAs Provide Security in Today’s Hyperconnected World
March 8, 2017
FPGAs offer the fastest way to integrate a specific design into a single device. See why an FPGA might be the perfect solution for your next project.
Yellow rainboots and gardening tools on flowerbed
The Internet of Things Has Thumbs – And They’re Green
March 8, 2017
It’s no surprise that technology, data and intelligent systems are transforming industrial agriculture.
man pointing to the word insurance
Risky Business: IoT’s Impact on Insurance
March 7, 2017
Risky Business: IoT’s Impact on Insurance By Steve Gereb August 25, 2016. I enjoy reading about how the data collected by Intelligent Systems will help people live better lives.
conceptual image of hand with legs and city background
Smart Cities: What To Look For In 2016 And Beyond
March 7, 2017
In a recent article in Government Technology, IDC research director Ruthbea Yesner Clarke discusses three trends emerging around the growing smart cities movement
woman on laptop with smart phone and smart watch
Will HaLow Open the Door for More Intelligent Systems?
March 7, 2017
Reporting on the recent announcement of the “long-awaited Wi-Fi HaLow standard for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah wireless networking technology,” Jim Hunter of Tech Crunch explains why this new standard may pave the way for more connected
man holding tablet with chart image
Study: Digital Intelligence Driving Massive Business Transformation
March 7, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely regarded as the next revolution in technology. Cisco predicts that by 2020, there will be 50 billion things connected to the Internet, generating revenues of $19 trillion.
One-Click Manufacturing: Could It Really Be That Easy?
March 6, 2017
One click manufacturing (OCM) is a concept that arose from the 3D printing world: design a 3D model of a part ...
blue digital screen
LEDs: The Eyes and Ears of the Internet of Things
March 6, 2017
It may seem to be a stretch to assert that LEDs play a truly important role in the future of the Internet of Things. After all, by themselves, they’re just lights. However, with sensors tucked neatly inside and a bit of intelligence...
business man standing on small rowboat in the ocean
What To Do With All That Data
March 6, 2017
Just as important as the hardware and the data it collects in an Intelligent System are the tools we need to process and analyze information. Otherwise, an Intelligent System does nothing to serve our purposes.
blurry servers in a data center
Securing LED Networks in the Age of the Internet of Things
March 6, 2017
Recently, in Nuevo Arenal, a little sleepy village in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, a dozen criminals cut the lights to the town’s main street during the quiet 3 a.m. hour, and then injured...
graphic spelling out internet of things
Microsoft and GE Partnership to Make Industrial IoT More Accessible to Businesses
March 6, 2017
General Electric (GE) and Microsoft Corporation recently announced the beginning of a new alliance. The technology collaboration will make available GE’s Predix platform for Industrial Internet on the Microsoft Azure cloud for industrial businesses
beer taps in a row
Internet of Beer? Avnet Helps iKeg ‘Tap’ Into the Internet of Things
March 5, 2017
You might think that running out of beer is only a major concern if you are the “refreshment coordinator” for a college fraternity, but it turns out that beer inventory management is actually a pretty big deal for bar and restaurant owners these
cat and dog together on bed
Strange Bedfellows: Marketing and IT
March 5, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a special alliance between two business departments that aren’t always a natural fit: Marketing and IT.
military plane taking off
Defense/Aero Spinoffs Remain an Exceptional Source for Breakthrough Technology
March 5, 2017
Yes, automatic across the board cuts within the Department of Defense (DoD) will put the squeeze on many within the defense/aerospace supply chain.
hands with black gloves breaking into a laptop
Mitigating Cyber Attacks MCU Hardware Accelerators Boost
March 5, 2017
Over the years, cyber attacks on finacial institutions and news organizations have garnered the lion's share of attention...
conceptual image of IoT icons forming a cloud shape in a cloud server room
32-bit MCUs Penetrate IoT Ecosystem
March 3, 2017
While 8-bit and 16-bit MCUs are well suited for IoT end-node applications, the 32-bit MCU has a key function in the IoT pyramid: It provides the data throughput, reading sensors and sending real-time sensor data over an IP-based network.
hand navigating smart car dasboard
Automotive Electronics: Top 5 Tech Trends of Tomorrow’s Smart Cars
March 3, 2017
In the United States alone, motor vehicles travel well over four trillion miles each year according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.* To gain a sense of this distance, consider that while it takes light approximately eight minutes to travel
citi rooftops with conception IoT lights connected to one another
Antennas for RF Designs in the IoT
March 3, 2017
The physical connection for many IoT nodes leverages legacy wired networks found in homes, offices, schools, factories and other areas. As we become mobile, wireless physical connections are becoming the norm. Each wireless connection requires at lea
blue curcuit board close-up
Accelerating the Motor Control revolution Using New MCU and FPGA Solutions
March 2, 2017
Motors provide the muscle for electronic controls to interact with the physical world. Whether in transportation, process control, robotics, appliances or even just opening a garage door, motors are the primary movers in our connected and controlled
man touchign IoT wireless icons
Going Up? Elevators, Windows 10 And The Internet Of Things
March 2, 2017
People are excited about the Internet of Things for a variety of reasons. It’s already made us more connected. And as more and more things are connected, a number of industries are poised to become faster, more efficient and more reliable.
a fridge, diswasher, and smart phone on counter saying,
Alarm Bells Ring for Unsecured Connected Devices
March 2, 2017
A hot topic at the annual Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas this summer was the increasing risk companies are facing with the Internet of Things (IoT).
network icons over an abstract color background
A “Canned” Module/IC Solution Simplifies Wireless Implementation, but Potential Design-in Issues Remain
March 2, 2017
Incorporating wireless connectivity into a product is now a standard design requirement for Wi-Fi, IoT, and other applications.
Pigeons perched on the side of a building
London’s Pigeon Population Flocks to IoT
February 25, 2017
In one of the strangest, most innovative uses of Intelligent Systems we’ve seen so far, DigitasLbi Creative Director Pierre Dequesnoy came up with the idea of using pigeons equipped with sensor-loaded backpacks to analyze pollution in the UK’s ca
leaves, colorful blocks with letter designations, CFL lightbulb in shape of flower
Internet of Things: Low Power, Low Cost Connected Devices Fuel Demand for Microco
February 25, 2017
At the heart of the devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) are a variety of ultra low power microcontrollers (MCUs), sensor networks, systems-on-chip (SoC) and communications protocols such as ZigBee. These underlying technologies operate
cyber security chip on circuit board
IoT Proliferation Teeters on the Edge
By Alex Iuorio   -   February 6, 2017
Cybersecurity and the irony of what happened during U.S. President Barack Obama's January 12, 2015 speech to the Federal Trade Commission on the growing threat, during which he declared: “If we’re’re going to be connected, we’ve got to be pro
illustration of clouds with data storage symbols
The Internet of Things Pushes the Possibilities Offered by Big Data
January 29, 2017
The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses things as tangible as a light switch, things as ethereal as a cloud, and all things in-between.
3D cityscape with IoT icons
Invest in the Future with IoT
January 20, 2017
You and I have known for a long time that connected devices are becoming pervasive throughout society, and it seems like the investment world is finally catching up.
Related Events
Avnet and Microsoft Azure Sphere side view
Rapidly Secure Your IoT Applications with Azure Sphere
Date: September 4, 2019
Location: Webinar
Azure Sphere Technical Training Course
Date: August 16, 2019
Location: Webinar
How 5G will Impact IoT and Mass Connectivity
Date: May 29, 2019
Location: Webinar
Getting Started with IoT
Date: April 30, 2019
Location: Webinar
speedway logo
MiniZed SpeedWay Design Workshops™
Date: January 1, 2019
Location: Multiple Dates / Locations