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Eclipse IoT: 10 Years of Connecting the World One Device at a Time

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It’s been 10 years since the Eclipse IoT Working Group was first established as the M2M Industry Working Group. I want to sincerely thank everyone that has helped make Eclipse IoT the leading community for open source IoT technology innovation and collaboration.

To celebrate this anniversary and a decade of achievements in open source IoT technologies, the Eclipse IoT community has a number of initiatives planned over the coming weeks. Keep an eye on the Eclipse IoT website, our blogs, newsletter, social posts, and your email for more information about planned activities, commemorative content, and tributes to key community achievements.

Powering the World’s Leading Commercial IoT Solutions

Today, the Eclipse IoT ecosystem is the largest open source IoT community in the world with 47 working group members, 47 projects, 360 contributors, and more than 32 million lines of code.

It’s impossible to overstate the impact this fast-growing community has had on commercial adoption of IoT solutions on a global scale. With dozens of IoT projects across device, gateway, cloud, security, edge, and other domains, the Eclipse IoT ecosystem provides easy access to all of the building blocks needed to develop end-to-end IoT solutions.

This has all been made possible by our community members. At this 10 year milestone, we want to recognize two founding members of the original working group—IBM and Eurotech—that continue to actively contribute to, and drive, Eclipse IoT technologies. Over the years, these innovators have been joined by dozens of additional member organizations, large and small, all of whom see the value that open innovation and collaboration bring to their organizations.

In addition to the original founding members, the current Eclipse IoT ecosystem now includes globally recognized players such as Bosch.IO, Red Hat, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, SAP, and Siemens, as well as smaller industrial IoT (IIoT) specialists such as Aloxy, Cedalo, itemis, and Kynetics; and edge IoT innovators such as ADLINK Technology and Edgeworx.

This broad and diverse mix of Eclipse IoT ecosystem participants has led to an extremely vibrant community that has helped drive commercial innovation and adoption at scale. As our IoT case studies highlight, Eclipse IoT members of all sizes and types are benefitting from new relationships, new business and market opportunities, and faster growth.

A Brief Word About Our IoT & Edge Research

Our 2021 IoT & Edge Computing Commercial Adoption Survey confirms that organizations clearly recognize the value of open source technologies for IoT solutions. Nearly 40 percent of survey respondents are using or evaluating the use of open source solutions exclusively, while another 35 percent are looking at a mix of open source and proprietary components. If you haven’t had a chance to read the full survey report, you can download it here

We recently launched the annual  IoT & Edge Developer Survey. Be sure to participate in what has become one of the leading research reports within the IoT and Edge Computing industries. Participate now

Congratulations to 10 Great Years and Here’s to the Next Decade!

I truly believe these first 10 years are just the beginning of what the dedicated and growing Eclipse IoT community will achieve through open source innovation and collaboration. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what comes next.

To learn more about the benefits of membership in Eclipse IoT, visit the working group website.

Written by Mike Milinkovich

September 23, 2021 at 12:15 pm

Posted in Foundation

IoT and Edge Developers: Let Your Voices Be Heard

Today, the Eclipse IoT and Edge Native Working Groups have launched the 2021 IoT and Edge Developer Survey. This is the seventh year for our annual survey, which has become one of the most widely referenced technical surveys within the IoT & Edge computing industry.

This year’s survey expands on previous editions to be more inclusive of trends in edge computing technologies. Our goal is to present a better understanding of the challenges developers face within both sectors, and to provide insights into the technical issues faced by their respective developer communities around the world. 

We welcome your participation. Your input will help IoT and edge ecosystem stakeholders with the data to align their strategies with latest trends and apply investments where needed most. Start the survey now.

You Can Influence Industry Direction

Developers, service providers, technology manufacturers, and  adopters within the IoT & edge ecosystem can all influence industry direction through survey participation. Last year’s survey received more than 1,600 responses, with the results being shared by more than 20 media outlets.

The 2020 IoT Developer Survey results revealed that IoT and edge application development is increasing at a rapid pace, fueled by growth in investments into predominantly industrial markets. It also indicated  that smart agriculture, industrial automation, and automotive are key target industries for application development.

Our expectation for the 2021 survey is that it will offer even more visibility around IoT & edge development trends, and what those trends mean to stakeholders. The survey results will also be used to help the Eclipse IoT and Edge Native Working Groups with their open source roadmaps as they work to address the evolving needs for IoT and edge development tools, architectures, deployment technologies, security, connectivity, and other requirements along the edge-to-cloud continuum.

The Developer Survey Complements the Commercial Adoption Survey

The results of the IoT and Edge Developer Survey will help complete the picture painted by our recent 2021 IoT and Edge Commercial Adoption Survey. That survey found that IoT and edge computing technologies are being adopted at an accelerated rate by a growing number of organizations. The results also revealed that 74 percent of organizations factor open source into their deployment plans, a 14 percent increase over the 2019 IoT Commercial Adoption Survey results.

With a deeper understanding of the unique challenges faced by IoT and edge developers and the latest commercial adoption trends, the entire ecosystem is better informed and better able to meet the growing demand for IoT and edge solutions.

Complete the IoT and Edge Developer Survey by October 5

The 2021 IoT and Edge Developer Survey is open through October 5. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey now, while it’s top of mind.

As usual, the survey report will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), which means that the entire IoT and edge ecosystem can benefit from the insights it provides. Stay tuned for additional blog posts and promotional activities once the report is available.

Written by Mike Milinkovich

August 26, 2021 at 8:05 am

Posted in Foundation, Open Source

Social Media Guidelines for Community Review

All of us at the Eclipse Foundation are very proud of the fact that the many thousands of individuals who collaborate across our many channels have always communicated in a very professional, respectful, and welcoming manner. It’s particularly gratifying for me that, while we’ve had a Community Code of Conduct for years, we’ve received very few complaints.

However, even our most effective policies need to be updated to reflect the way our community, and the channels we use to communicate, are evolving. Recently, we published a new Communication Channel Guidelines document. Our next significant update is to draft a set of social media guidelines. The purposes of these social media guidelines are to provide guidance to the many community members who represent our projects, working groups, and events through various social media channels. I encourage all community members to review our proposed social media guidelines and provide constructive, actionable feedback on the content. We’re collecting community input until July 12 at 11:59 PM PT through GitLab.

With our extensive use of social media platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Slack, and engagement in online conversations based on blogs, YouTube videos, news articles, Reddit posts, and wikis, it’s extremely important that everyone officially representing the Eclipse Foundation adheres to a consistent set of responsible and professional behaviors across all channels.

Ongoing Improvements in Policies and Processes

Our proposed guidelines for social media communications are the first step in a larger effort to better clarify how the standards and responsibilities outlined in the Community Code of Conduct apply to the various aspects of “life at the Eclipse Foundation.”

Over the coming months, we’ll be providing additional guidelines related to our code of conduct. In the spirit of the open collaboration and full transparency that we all value so highly, we’ll keep you up to date on our latest proposed guidelines and processes as they become available for review.

Written by Mike Milinkovich

June 28, 2021 at 9:48 am

Posted in Foundation

Shaping the Future of the Eclipse IDE

I’m very pleased to share the news that multiple Eclipse Foundation members have joined forces in a new working group focused on advancing and sustaining the Eclipse IDE used by millions of developers the world over. The Eclipse IDE Working Group members will leverage our governance framework to openly collaborate and ensure the Eclipse IDE software suite continues to meet developers’ needs for high quality tools.

To achieve this goal, the working group members — which currently includes Bosch, EclipseSource, IBM, Kichwa Coders, Renesas, SAP, VMware, and Yatta Solutions — will provide governance, guidance, and funding to the communities that deliver and maintain the Eclipse IDE software components. They will also oversee the related planning, delivery processes, and delivery technologies for the software suite. The projects that make up the Eclipse IDE such as Platform, JDT, and CDT are already wonderfully active, diverse, and vibrant. The working group will further support and strengthen their contributions by providing additional resources.

This is great news for everyone who already relies on the Eclipse Platform, desktop IDE, and underlying technologies as well as those who are thinking about adopting the software. With the focus and open collaboration the working group structure enables, everyone can rest assured there is a strong, shared vision for the future of the IDE and its related components. The software will remain relevant, sustainable, and high quality as it evolves.

In the 20 years since the Eclipse IDE was first released, it has become one of the world’s most popular and prolific desktop development environments. With tens of millions of downloads and billions of dollars in shared investment, the Eclipse IDE is a critical platform for millions of developers globally, so it’s very important that it remains vital.

Check Out the Latest Eclipse IDE Release

We timed the announcement of the Eclipse IDE Working Group to coincide with the latest quarterly Eclipse IDE simultaneous release to highlight how robust this community is. The Eclipse IDE 2021-06 release is the result of a huge collaborative effort from our dedicated community that encompasses:

·      More than 70 participating projects

·      110 committers

·      174 contributors

·      Almost 80 million lines of code

Congratulations to all of the committers, projects, and Foundation staff involved! 

I encourage everyone to check out this latest Eclipse IDE release. It provides a number of new features that will help you develop modern, world-class applications, including:

·      Java 16 support

·      Improved Eclipse Java development tools (JDT) capabilities such as new cleanups and enhanced debug capabilities

·      Mac AArch64 (Arm64) support for Apple M1-based systems

·      Improved embedded terminal support, including the ability to open files and links with Ctrl+Click, and remembering working directory, shell, and other settings

For more information and the links to download the software, visit the Eclipse IDE 2021-06 release page.

Get Involved in the Eclipse IDE Working Group

If the Eclipse IDE is important to your organization’s development efforts, joining the working group is a great way to help support and shape the evolution of a resource your teams rely on.

To learn more about how to get involved with the Eclipse IDE Working Group, visit the Eclipse IDE Working Group website, or see the working group’s Charter and Participation Agreement. Working group members benefit from a broad range of services, including exclusive access to detailed industry research findings, marketing assistance, and expert open source governance.We also welcome companies that want to support the Eclipse IDE without joining the working group. To learn more about sponsoring the Eclipse IDE, please see the working group’s Sponsorship Agreement. Individuals can also donate to the Eclipse IDE.

Written by Mike Milinkovich

June 17, 2021 at 8:03 am

Posted in Foundation, Open Source

How Real Is IoT & Edge Commercial Adoption in 2021?

Our 2021 IoT and Edge Commercial Adoption survey results are out now. 

In this second edition of the survey, we wanted to gain a better understanding of the overall IoT & edge ecosystem challenges and concerns of today’s organizations. This year’s survey not only focuses on how today’s organizations are perceiving IoT and edge adoption on a macro level, but also to gain valuable insights on the overall IoT & Edge ecosystem’s challenges and concerns. We found — as organizations adapt to market changes and a world impacted by COVID-19 — that IoT and edge adoption has risen. 

Here are some of the key findings from the survey:

  • IoT technologies are being adopted at an accelerated rate. 47% of respondents currently deploy IoT solutions and an additional 39% plan to deploy within the next 12 to 24 months.
  • Edge computing adoption is also picking up. 54% of organizations are either utilizing or planning to utilize edge computing technologies within 12 months. Another 30% have plans to evaluate edge deployments over the next 12 to 24 months.
  • 74% of organizations factor open source into their deployment plans, a 14% increase over the  2019 survey. This clearly demonstrates that the dominant IoT & Edge platforms will either be open source or based on open source.
  • The top 3 IoT and edge operational challenges are: 1) End-to-end IoT solution monitoring and management; 2) Device management; and 3) Securing the network / devices / data.
  • There is a trend towards a Hybrid Cloud strategy. 44% of respondents suggest that their IoT deployments are using, or will use, a Hybrid Cloud (i.e. composed of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures such as private and public), an increase from 22% in 2019.

Reading Between The Commercial Lines

The survey asked respondents to identify the requirements, priorities, and challenges they’re facing as they are planning, implementing, and managing commercial IoT and edge solutions, including those based on open source technologies. The survey ran for two months in early 2021 and received responses from more than 300 individuals from a wide range of industries and organizations. You can download the 2021 IoT & Edge Commercial Adoption Survey Report now.

As our survey results revealed, each player in the IoT and edge ecosystem has an important role in driving commercial adoption. Here are some key recommendations broken down by stakeholder group.

  • Enterprises:
    • Should select vendors and service providers that embrace open standards and the use of customizable, production-ready open source building blocks. Open source enables scalability and flexibility in IoT and Edge solutions, while avoiding the lock-in and cost issues associated with proprietary solutions.
    • Should start planning deployments of IoT and edge technologies at scale. The ecosystem has matured significantly, allowing enterprises to be more ambitious in their IoT and Edge initiatives. With a robust ecosystem, industry leaders can confidently deploy and start realizing the full benefits of the technology.
  • Solution Providers:
    • Should incorporate open source platforms that are capable of running seamlessly across all environments (i.e. at the edge, on-premises, and in the cloud), with a focus around hybrid, multi-cloud and private cloud offerings that enable customers to avoid using a public cloud for their mission-critical data.
    • IoT-focused solution providers should add edge computing into their offerings. Enterprises are increasingly becoming aware of the benefits of edge computing, including reduced latency and bandwidth savings. To stay competitive,  solution providers need an edge computing strategy if they do not have one already.
  • Platform & Software Vendors:
    • Should implement data security and sovereignty solutions across devices and applications. Organizations must pay particular attention to their ability to retain control over data flow and storage, e.g. for data gathered from IoT sensors and devices.
    • Should create offerings that optimize certain workflows and/or mitigate specific challenges.  While Enterprises and Solution Providers are adept at integrating and deploying the various components, broadscale adoption will be accelerated through targeted platform innovations that simplify critical processes and resolve deployment challenges out of the box. 

Be Part Of Something Big

It will take a diverse community co-developing a uniform set of building blocks based on open source and open standards to drive the broad industry adoption of IoT and edge technologies. If you’re interested in participating in the industry-scale collaboration in open source IoT and edge technologies, please visit Eclipse IoT and the Edge Native Working Group to get involved. As an added benefit of membership, Eclipse IoT and Edge Native members receive early and exclusive access to detailed industry research findings and expert guidance.

Written by Mike Milinkovich

June 10, 2021 at 9:01 am

Posted in Foundation, Open Source

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