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Much of the discussion around the Internet-of-Things has centered on devicesconnectivity and IoT platforms. At the back-end, these IoT platforms provide secure and scalable device onboarding via cloud solutions. While devices, connectivity and IoT platforms are cornerstones for a good and economically viable IoT solution, these should not be the only point of attention. In this and some follow-up posts, we will build the case for orchestration for the Internet-of-Things.

What is IoT Orchestration?

We define IoT application orchestration as the process of integrating IoT application(s) with enterprise IT systems, cloud services, mobile applications within and across the boundaries of a company. Orchestration is typically used to automate or improve processes, and potentially synchronize data, all in (quasi) real-time. IoT orchestration essentially comprises three elements:

  1. Interconnecting multiple IoT horizontal or vertical solutions, potentially sourced from different suppliers.
  2. Integrating IoT with IT systems such as enterprise IT, cloud services, mobile applications and APIs.
  3. Using the orchestration platform as a foundational layer for service innovation towards customers and partners.

In this post, we will look at the first item in the list: orchestration as a way to build cross-vertical IoT applications.

Interoperability is key to unlocking the full business potential of IoT.

McKinsey estimates that up to 40% of the value to be unlocked by IoT can be attributed to ‘cross-vertical’ applications, i.e. requiring multiple IoT solutions to work together[1]. A couple of examples:

Interoperability can be achieved at various levels of the protocol stack and at various places in an end-to-end solution:

Waylay is an IoT orchestration platform that facilitates interoperability through such back-end integration.

Why an IoT orchestration platform?

Using an orchestration platform brings the following advantages to enterprise customers:

Would like to learn more about Waylay’s orchestration capabilities for enablement of cross-vertical applications? Download our white paper.


  1. McKinsey&Company : “The Internet of Things: mapping the value beyond the hype”, June 2015. ↩︎

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