Vendors collaborate to simplify and accelerate enterprise IoT projects
Cradlepoint, a provider of cloud-based wireless network edge solutions, has teamed up with Microsoft to create an integrated platform for “build your own” IoT solutions.
The Lowdown: The offering includes Cradlepoint’s NetCloud Edge Connector for Azure IoT Central, a pre-built integration that enables companies to connect IoT devices to applications built on Microsoft’s IoT platform. Azure IoT Central, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, allows customers without specialized skills or cloud experience to build and implement production-grade IoT applications in mere hours.
The companies said the new IoT solution will benefit their partners as well, providing a “blank canvas” for the development, deployment, and management of custom IoT applications for customers with specific needs – in vertical markets, for example.
The Details: Cradlepoint, which will join Microsoft’s Azure IoT Central partner program so that the two companies can jointly market their solution to enterprise and public-sector customers, announced the partnership today during a keynote at the IoT Evolution Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Background: According to a recent study by networking vendor Cisco, nearly three-quarters of IoT initiatives fall flat, mainly because IT and other business units fail to collaborate or because organizational IoT expertise is lacking. With their integrated platform, Cradlepoint and Microsoft aim to give OT (operational technology) teams the ability to build IoT solutions that maximize efficiency and sharpen their companies’ competitive edge while providing IT departments with tools for ensuring secure, reliable device connectivity at the network edge.
The Buzz: “The mission of Azure IoT Central is to improve the success rate and time-to-value of enterprise IoT projects by reducing development complexity and IT integration challenges,” said Tony Shakib, general manager of Azure IoT at Microsoft. “With Cradlepoint, we are extending this mission by addressing one of the key issues that threatens successful IoT outcomes—enabling IT to deliver secure and reliable IoT device connectivity across the WAN.”
“The Microsoft and Cradlepoint integration of the NetCloud and Azure IoT Central platforms is a huge win for companies seeking to build their own IoT solutions,” said James Brehm, founder and chief technology evangelist at James Brehm & Associates, an IoT-centric consulting firm based in San Antonio, Texas. “The new partnership promises to help bridge the OT and IT collaboration gap, improve IoT project outcomes, and finally put the IT back into IoT.”