Following the 2018 launch of the first report, the US consulting firm Gartner at the end of June once again released Magic Quadrant for industrial internet platform. Overall, the industry Internet platform market is still very immature. Like last year, two out of the four quadrants empty Diocese, empty like a distant temple, while 75 per cent of selected candidates is crowded in the lower left corner of the “niche players” at home. Was named to are concerned, both never heard of some of the new brand, a time I do not know why; there are some big-name players such as Siemens failed to actually into the column, astonishing. Established only three years impressively interconnected roots, become a microcosm of popular Chinese Internet industry.
Figure 1: 2019 Industrial Internet Platform Magic Quadrant (Source: Gartner Magic Quadrant June 2019)
The greatest significance of this report, is not that someone be selected and ranked, but it caused Thinking industrial value of the internet platform. This has been the “Industrial Internet” included in the new infrastructure of China, especially worth considering. Spring and Autumn Period industry two years ago, the author mentions the Internet platform of Internet of Things platform is a Spring and Autumn Period (Sengoku no industrial internet platform). Now judgment remains the same. Dust hardly ever settles far. The Magic Quadrant from seven dimensions, measured 16 selected enterprises, and finally around the state to monitor, analyze and predict equipment interconnect assets scored. Overall score is calculated according to 5 minutes, but not more than 3 by all the selected points. We can say that all of the selected candidates are “failing.” And this is the new thing fraction of the true portrayal of it.
Figure 2: The two dimensions of equipment and assets forecast interconnection rates
Many explored tirelessly under way, the Spring and Autumn is no just war, rivers and lakes much territory. A noisy era of Happy Valley enclosure. Warlords from the Warring States to establish hegemony, still seems very far away. The 16 selected candidates, 13 in a niche in the market. By definition Garnter, in most cases, companies tend to be niche players end IOT platform capabilities, large sales to existing loyal customer base (which is the traditional locking customers), or as a bundle of “vertical things “application platform or as a hosted service. In need IT, OT and integrate things in front of the “new customer”, since there had not previously been worked offDepartment of niche players is difficult to form a huge success. A key weakness of many niche players, despite contacts with industry, but the main focus is still engaged in the Internet of Things “commercial” applications. And three more outstanding performance of some. PTC consistent with its nimble useful technology Control Engineering Copyright , the full realization of resource integration of Hitachi’s Lumada to big data, BI plus the skill of triple OT’s (and dug from GE Digital take a lot of talent), for two consecutive years to become magic quadrant “visionary.” The Software is complex strategy with IT and OT depth of integration, became the leader of the most visionary range of children. Industrial Internet platform defined by Gartner states explicitly, industrial Internet (IIoT) platform is a set of software capabilities integrated, for those asset-intensive industries, to improve control of the factory, technical facilities and equipment optimization, operations visualization and decision support. Industrial Internet IIoT platform that differs from the general Internet of Things platform, IIoT focus on technology and architecture are around asset-intensive industries, and often in a particular environment (usually regulated) in use. Moreover, the industry must achieve the integration of the Internet platform OT and IT applications, and its integration, scalability, and taking into account the need to influence IT and OT systems. The Internet is a five-story industrial architectural model: the underlying devices, gateways, calculated from the edge, to the industrial Internet platform, and finally to the enterprise application integration.
Figure 3: Internet industry five tiers
From the structural point of view, the industrial Internet platform is only a small subset of that enterprise application, edge computation, and gateway devices at different vertical levels. This is China’s trichotomy parallel network, platform, security, there are still quite different. Of course, in terms of broad sense, the Internet platform will also include industrial edge of the platform, sometimes be distinguished. For example, for the first time named Magic Quadrant US Litmus industrial companies have Internet platform and edge computing platforms Loop Loop Edge. This is a common and simple identification. Indeed, part of the software residing in the device (e.g., controllers, routers, access points, gateways and edge computing systems) or in the vicinity of, generally are considered a part “Distributed IIoT platform”. Platform “relatives” For businesses, most of the mainTo enterprise applications including manufacturing execution systems MES, enterprise resource planning ERP, Asset Performance Management APM / condition-based maintenance CBM, Enterprise Asset Management EAM / CMMS Computerized Maintenance Management System and so on. These enterprise applications, will pass things, the use of cloud services, on-premise or hybrid approach installed to achieve both functions. But it is worth noting that the device IIoT predictive analytics platform support, although can be used to enhance enterprise application software, such as APM, EAM or FSM (Field Service Management) and so on. However, this platform to enhance the effect, should not be confused with the software. Of course, integration is increasingly common among them. There are many occasions domestic, industrial relations will confuse Internet platforms and software applications. Many vendors simply made some SaaS applications, it is known as the Industrial Internet platform. In fact, the platform itself is Internet industry play a role in connecting link, it is not itself an application. If IT is the upper part of the towering building, OT is building in the lower part of the body, it is a platform for the Internet industry up and down the stairs. The most noteworthy is that the application used by industrial enterprises increasingly rely on third-party data services. These services may include data on business and production planning is essential, such as weather (- now we can finally understand why IBM would do $ 2 billion purchase of Weather weather service company in 2015); commodities, goods and services current prices; custom needs. Internet industry solutions to only a few thousand or tens of thousands of terminals. This is business or consumer with things easily hundreds of thousands or even millions of end-points, it is different. However, these industrial Internet terminal, although a small number, but the amount of data is indeed enormous, and a high throughput rate, for example, multi-sensor data in milliseconds. So the Internet industry is a typical “little infrastructure, data and more.” Magic Quadrant The Magic Quadrant “hidden rules” The industry Internet platform, this time there’s no Siemens Mindsphere, SAP, Schneider and other big players, too eye-popping. In fact, many familiar brands, not in his column. Internet industry pioneer GE Predix, last year also failed to be selected Magic Quadrant. Therefore, for those not selected, do not distress; For users, do not take it too seriously. Because it is only one rule only, and does not have universalMandatory. In other words, this is just self Gartner defines the boundaries of a polygon, provides a screening dimension. However, this rule explore the boundaries of current understanding of the Internet industry platform, also it has a good reference. Industrial Internet Platform architecture must be able to support the deployment of six in a single packaged solution, including IoT edge device management, integration tools, IoT data management, analysis, security, and application management enabled. Gartner does not oppose integration partners on the platform, but stressed that the dominant platform advantage, must get by the vendors themselves. Selected platform requires a minimum of 20 paying customers and 100,000 connected endpoints. In this sense, the Internet industry platform needs to be able to connect a wide range of the number of terminals. Only a limited number of devices are connected and optimization, can hardly be called “industrial internet platform” – which for domestic berserk “Industrial Internet platform” hat manufacturers, but also a good will inspired. Of course, a limited number of how many CONTROL ENGINEERING China Copyright , there is no determined concept. Inclusion criteria Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant is 50,000 endpoints, a year later, the threshold doubled to 100,000 this year. For the platform provided by the manufacturer, it manages endpoints facilities must have at least 10% of the amount, is from third-party customers, but can not come from the manufacturer’s own production line. Gartner believes that industry must be able to sell Internet platform independent way to provide, without additional conditions associated equipment to buy or software, can not ask to be bundled with existing enterprise software and hardware. If you must buy while enterprise applications such as MRO, PLM, APM, MES, SCADA and historical database, then the Magic Quadrant Gartner does not meet the inclusion criteria. Thus, since can not be sold separately, provide lateral platform of services, Schneider EcoStuxure, ABB’s Ability industrial internet platform are skimming out. It should be said, Gartner inclusion rules, showing a relatively closed to industry practice “disgust.” Because these standards will do several important manufacturer excluded from evaluation. And this important choice, but also that Garnter origin IT circles, obviously a continuation of the “Internet thinking”. It hopes to be able to break things “walled garden in” the kind of close relationship and single sourcing and technical relations. IT Is that a “public teasing” the OT it. ?
Figure 4: Magic Quadrant 2018 Source: Gartner (2018 February 2009)
This time, Gartner further reinforces the view that local industry must be able to deploy the Internet, so that in either case the off-grid under use, but also can be used in the cloud. Last year, GE Predix although a loud voice, but not selected for the Magic Quadrant, because that is not deployed locally rather than met the inclusion criteria. The 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant evaluation process industry Internet platform, identified more than 40 vendors, but many big names such as Amazon cloud AWS, Ali cloud, ABB, Huawei, Siemens, not in the last column of the Magic Quadrant. Gartner had failed to be selected for these enterprises and industrial internet platform to make a simple explanation. In the internal field can not be deployed, “suffocated” a lot of heroes, Huawei OceanConnect, Microsoft AZURE, Ali cloud and so thus the move. In the layout of the Internet industry burgeoned Bosch, it does not cover any of the Magic Quadrant. Gartner does not even have to be interpreted as like last year. The Magic Quadrant is why SAP discard an important reason is that from the beginning of 2018, using a device management technology platform Telit another one of the things. This solution makes it looks incomplete, so although the position in last year’s Magic Quadrant pretty good, and this year were forced to “delisting.” This is thanks to the rules defined in Gartner’s done. The question is, if these good industrial giants of industry Internet platform can not be into them, which also makes the Magic Quadrant of “magic” greatly reduced. Several samples of both ways of scoring leader on three key items, Software AG is Germany’s number one, indicating that the software company has a very extraordinary strength in the field of industrial internet platform. However, many people do not understand it, it seems to be the name of the head of Germany’s Siemens and SAP software obscured. As the world’s largest business process management (BPM) software company, Software AG Germany this year celebrating its 50th anniversary birthday last year, on revenue of 1US $ 000 million. Its traditional business brands include business process modeling and analysis ARIS, Enterprise Architecture and IT asset management Alfabet Control Engineering Copyright , in-memory database Terracotta and other well-known in the industry. Recently, Software AG actively embrace the digital transition Control Engineering Copyright , the use of aggressive mergers and acquisitions – with another one leader PTC similar way, striding into the industrial areas of the Internet. Software AG’s industrial internet platform Cumulocity, the acquisition came in March 2017, providing integration, analysis and security-related equipment management, data management and competitiveness. Cumulity can be used independently, it can also be combined with the combination product Software AG digital service platform to other products, to the use of improved analysis, integration and data management functions. In September the same year, in order to strengthen cooperation with the German manufacturing sector, Software AG and machine tool giant DMG MORI, painting supplier Dürr, business ZEISS measuring and semiconductor equipment manufacturers ASMPT set up a joint venture to create an open, non – exclusive alliance system. The joint venture provides an Adamos (Open adaptive manufacturing solutions), making various machinery manufacturers could easily support the landing of the Internet industry, at the same time these manufacturers to develop APP, can be easily deployed on Adamos platform . In the evaluation of last year, Gartner expressed doubts on the ability Cumulocity, that the capacity of partners does not seem enough. This year Cumulocity seems a good solution to the problem of collaboration between industry Internet platform operators and machinery suppliers. The former is reflected in the large-scale wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Nordex, automatic doors and factory Entrem Italy World de empty factory SIAD and other users of use cases; the latter is reflected in the paint and pharmaceutical supplier Dürr boilers CERTUSS and other providers as ADAMOS Union industrial Alliance among internet platform. Fit well. This is a classic example of IT and OT joint operations. Cumulocity become integrated IT and Internet platform IoT technology industry leader, is not surprising. andIt is updated every two weeks once version, every 8-10 weeks for a faster iteration of a version upgrade, but also presents the characteristics of Internet technology. And its shortcomings is that, although compatible with a number of classic PC and historical databases such as Wonderware, PIS and GE Proficy, but actually do not support such a popular protocol OPC UA. And its end edge of the platform deployment, is still in beta. In simple terms, the biggest challenge Cumulocity, is the lack of veteran automation to cooperate. There are only IT + machinery manufacturers joint without automation vendors to join, the intensity is not enough. Sounded vicissitudes of old drivers: GE Predix old GE Predix, nature must be mentioned. Now mention Predix, there are always some vicissitudes of taste. I believe that for the purposes of GE, Predix has quickly become a negative equity brand, seriously affecting people’s evaluation for GE. GE’s aviation sector, medical sector, are still very outstanding, and Predix shadow is far more than its own area. GE should be ton output capacity, cut off as soon as possible. In the past year, GE Digital has its strategy from extensive market, adjusted to focus several core industrial sectors. This makes the past few years, several different GE formed technical direction and business focus, resulting in the roadmap and business models are repeatedly modified. Predix private clouds and Predix Essentials is GE products launched in 2018, designed to meet the needs of industrial customers on-site installation and “platform out of the box” experience. Predix Essentials is a complete solution Predix cloud-based package, a variety of software and applications are set up in advance, without having to deploy directly, but it does not provide a private cloud approach.
FIG. 5: Predix essentials
must be recognized, Predix having a function to handle a wide variety of industrial applications. GE Digital’s APM applications and services are built on Predix platform, in which a specific user layer circle, great value. Simple terms it is a new thing, it does not bad. GE Predix than it is just propaganda to almost. The biggest trouble is that it is a silver spoon – this tookToo much money. Drill down from the sky Monkey: US Litmus Automation industry Internet platform to many newborns left a crack in the door. This is an opportunity of traditional and mature automation will never have. The creation in 2014 of the US Silicon Valley company Litmus Automation, against the edges of end equipment advantages, but also be pushed under the door. It provides an end to end platform to deploy Internet of Things applications through the cloud industry. This can be understood as a middleware platform management sensor device, and can send data to CRM, ERP and other enterprise applications. Litmus2018年对 no stranger to Gartner, who last year was named the “cool vendor” – The annual award is used to evaluate emerging technologies to provide innovative suppliers. Litmus industrial automation and cloud platforms Loop and edge computing LoopEdge products that can support data collection from any device, data manipulation and rapid analysis, the most important thing is having a real-time visualization capabilities. In China, Litmus has been partner – Suzhou Arima, is a US subsidiary of doing memory. Arima has been a Rockwell Automation integrator, and its PLM system will rely on Oracle’s Agile. Litmus understand the layout of the Chinese partners, to understand it in the upper end of the rapid deployment of enterprise and helpful. Litmus seize the enterprise market very special way. It is a large part of the customer solutions from LoopEdge edge start – which is saying a partner should do the memory of a great relationship; after mature, industry pushed to the Internet platform. LoopEdge provides an edge gateway, equipment management and connection and cloud connection, can be connected with many different industrial equipment such as PLC, robotic systems and numerical control system; and Loop providing core material networked platforms, but also using Red Hat as an API gateway, and using the Microsoft Azure or integrated into Siemens Mindsphere to achieve the twin digital technology. And with SAP, MongoDB and Tableau software systems, it can be seamlessly integrated. This business practices, provides us with a good “Rhinestone monkey” case. It fully considered the underlying control providedPreparation of connection, while the upper has a good integration of enterprise software – which is where the domestic industry Internet platform is easily overlooked. It shows a good “smooth and slick” image. Perhaps Control Engineering Copyright , which is the platform for the Internet industry should have style. It is worth mentioning that the roots first appeared on the Internet as a list of the Chinese Internet industry platform, Gartner believes that better connections in the field of PLC, CNC system, focusing on the technical and protocol compatible API, which can be different industrial control system (ICS) which are integrated. For suggestions roots of the Internet, Gartner’s list is actually out to further expand the areas of public facilities. It looks a bit strange, but it seems to represent a consistent view Gartner: Industrial Internet platform should be asset-heavy manufacturing areas for the pan. Like last time, this is also covered by the scope of the Magic Quadrant consists of three parts: manufacturing, transportation and public facilities.
Figure 6: Comparison of the platform
Notes on Gartner Magic Quadrant The results showed that all platform providers, are offering device management and integration, data analysis, application support and secure platform. Despite all the claims that can be connected to assets, condition monitoring and predictive analytics. But this is a very new platform market, in fact, the overall capacity is still limited. Due to the Gartner define their own rules one of the words, so many excellent platform failed to appear on the list, is a great pity. They are not without magic, they just do not meet the rules of the game Garter set it. Overall, this is a good and bad, the track is not yet clear market. Many do not even seeded into the track failed. But the vision of industry Internet platform but still became clear. It may not publicized so good, but it can become an alternative road company intends to digital transformation. The real magic, we also need to look at two or three years later.