IoT and Open Source the Best Technology Combination that could Work Wonders With Cloud

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Posted: August 24, 2016

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IoT is already being termed as the Next big thing ahead in the technology world. The devices made with the support of IoT and Open Source are universally connected and can do wonder when amalgamated with the Clouds. Open Source is emerging as an attractive platform for IoT operations for organizations that are including IoT in their periphery.

The combination of IoT and open source is like the match made in heaven. The enterprise and the organizations are building devices that support IoT in Open Source platform as they are more efficient and credible around the world. As the market is extremely crowded in IoT, technologies prevailing on Open Source platforms with clouds seem to dominate and control the destiny of the organizations.

The combination of IoT & Open Source technology with Cloud


The stats also confirm the above statement, 91% of IoT developers use Open Source, Open Software or Open Data as a part of their development stack. Less than 10% of the developers will not go to Open Source and rely on proprietary technology while dealing with IoT. Moreover, as per the survey of TechNavio, global IoT market is expected to grow at almost 32% between the time span of 2014 to 2019.

Today, about 14 billion objects work with IoT; the number is expected to increase at over 20 million by 2020. Therefore, as Open Source platform is the first choice of developers, the organizations are looking forward to combine them with clouds so as to target their customers with credible devices.

Here are the top most reasons as why IoT and Open source make a lethal combination.

Make the Changes subtle

The past decade has seen a steep change in the order of magnitude of IoT space as compared to other enterprise software trends. Because unlike earlier market dominating technologies, IoT provides complete, consortia driven solutions to the organizations.

The above factor makes it difficult for IoT to be maintained by a single vendor and incorporate all requirements standards and technology into the platform. Therefore, amalgamating with Open Source can help the IoT vendors to strive in the market and keep pace with the changes in order to evolve their technology at a much greater rate.

Another key thing is the value of analytics for IoT, as the devices are connected with Internet all the time creating analytics based applications is a must to drive in the customers. Therefore, Open Source becomes a perfect ally for IoT as it optimizes the facts and data to create a highly productive and statistically significant device.

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Open Source being the Right choice for developers

As developers are the key innovation engine of the IoT, getting the best out of them would prove to be the most critical advantage in this cut throat competitive world. Moreover, the developer community  is more than keen to use Open Source for IoT, as a whopping 78% of them agreed to use it whenever they can. Along with this, above 50% of the IoT developers who are actively advocating better business practices cited for Open Source making it the top motivation for innovation.

In addition to this, the enterprises will have the facility of accessing the talent required to execute IoT infrastructures without relying on the expensive system integrators. Also, almost 20% of the new age developers love Open Source as it is new and exciting with great on-board features and cutting edge technology. In fact for 1/3rd of the developer community, Open Source is the key for learning new technologies and improving their skills.

Adaption to new devices made easy

Interportability is the key with IoT devices as it is an essential element for key IoT functions. However, for a single vendor to maintain these ever evolving SDK’s is a daunting task because there are tens of thousands IoT devices available in the market. Therefore, to keep up with this mandatory evolution, Open Source models allow device manufacturers to control the Interportability with different IoT devices and use them as a distribution channel.

According to the stats, researchers have found that Open Source is the second most preferred platform (first is cloud technologies) and supports 46% of the IoT infrastructures. Moreover, an Open Source platform allows organizations to roll out improvements to their IoT services faster than the traditional methods. The ability to provide innovation and knowledge is one of the capabilities by which Open Source and IoT can thrive on for any organization.

Other than the developers, business executives are excited about the fact that Open Source can bring data from thousands of devices and creatively redefine new ways across IoT platforms.

Greater Ecosystem Support

Open Source platform allows IoT developers to make a code that meets the company’s specific security requirements. Apart from saving time and investment made at the developing stage, Open Source provides simplicity and fast product development cycle so as to accelerate the time taken to release an IoT product. Apart from this, Open Source provides rapid industrialization and quick prototyping of IoT applications so that they can be directly deployed from prototype into production.

Economic Advantages:

Amalgamating Open Source technology with IoT gives supreme quality and supports the devices. Apart from providing Interportability, they help in reducing the development cost and time. You can access and have affordable scaling of billions of devices using Open Source as it gives permission to work with different platforms and devices. IoT will be a force to reckon in the future with the potential to create an economic impact of $2.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion annually by 2025, while Cloud technology will muster up a 15-20% productivity gains across IT infrastructure, application development and packaged software.

Moreover, the IoT devices can be innovated at low risk and the developers can have a complete control over critical infrastructure during the whole process.


The stats clearly define that Open Source is a proven and the most used force for IoT. Engaging IoT with standard based Open Source platforms will enable the organizations to bring in applications that are faster, user friendly and long lived. Open Source IoT are the way to attain innovation by non differentiating parts of the technology stacks which are similar to the standard.

Moreover, Open Source can be the Kingmaker for IoT platform development giving your company a top notch position in the IoT arena.