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Simplifying IoT and M2M Deployments: Supply Chain Consolidation

Posted by Norman Miglietta on 09/16/2016


Traditionally, IoT and M2M solutions consist of complex supply chain demands that require many different materials, parts, and vendors to manage. Even when deploying a solution consisting completely of off-of-the-shelf components calls for significant logistical coordination to account for procuring, provisioning, testing, and delivering connected devices.

At the most basic level, any IoT/M2M offering consists of four main components: the device, network, application, and connectivity management platform. Often times there are a number of sub-components associated with each of these depending on the scale and scope of the product and/or service being developed. When getting solutions to market, IT professionals and Product Managers are often faced with an organizational nightmare trying to identify, evaluate, and administer a number of unique supplier relationships to ensure a successful deployment.

To put things in perspective, consider XYZ Company initiating a wireless failover solution in hundreds of retail locations across United States. The application is designed to function using a cellular router, and because of the geographic spread, requires connectivity from two carriers to provide adequate coverage. XYZ Company must also purchase professional services to complete site surveys and installations. At this point, XYZ is managing four vendor partnerships, four support contacts, four invoices, and two connectivity management platforms. If for some reason XYZ wants to incorporate a new device or a new connectivity source into their solution, the supply chain web must expand.

With pieces of technology that are complicated to begin with, it’s clear to see how something could go wrong in this scenario. For this reason, it’s of utmost importance that companies deploying IoT/M2M solutions must carefully consider their mission-critical partnerships and consolidate as many of these as possible. Solution providers must also consider industry expertise and ensure they are working with companies that know the world of IoT and can act as a trusted advisor when launching new products or services.

Realizing the gap in end-to-end, IoT/M2M solution providers, KORE has emerged as a one-stop-shop for all things IoT. As a value-added distributor for 16+ cellular carriers and the leading manufacturers of cellular-enabled tablets, routers, and gateways – KORE is a single partner that can provide all of the pieces of the puzzle from SIM cards, to professional IT services. The team of experts at KORE are seasoned veterans of the Internet of Things, and have the knowledge to guide companies through their deployment. Offering “plug-and-play” IoT/M2M solutions, KORE delivers the flexibility, operational agility, globalization, scalability, and time-to-market that can’t be met by a fragmented vendor ecosystem.

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Topics: IoT, m2m, Enterprise Mobility Solutions