And the winner is……Watson IoT at the IoT World Awards 2019!

By | 3 minute read | May 17, 2019

It’s been an exciting week as more than 12,000 people converged on the Santa Clara Convention Center for Internet of Things World 2019! Topics have spanned from connected cars and smart buildings to Industry 4.0 and developing an IoT Platform. In the full recap going out in the next few days, we will highlight the best moments and key takeaways of the event. But we couldn’t wait another day to share our excitement about the two awards won by Watson IoT at the inaugural IoT World Awards!

IoT Awards span notable projects, products and people

The IoT awards highlighted notable IoT achievements across 11 categories. The categories included:

  • Most Promising IoT Startup
  • Best Enterprise IoT Deployment
  • Best Consumer IoT Solution
  • Achievements in IoT Integration
  • Best Edge Computing Solution
  • Best IoT Security Solution
  • Most Notable Merger/Acquisition
  • Best IoT Connectivity Solution
  • Best Industrial IoT Solution
  • Enterprise CxO of the Year
  • Solution Provider CxO of the Year

IBM was nominated for both Most Notable Merger/Acquisition of the Year and Best Industrial IoT Solution. And we took home the prize for both!

IBM and Oniqua Named Most Notable Merger/Acquisition of the Year

IBM’s Al Opher and Skip Snyder giving a brief interview after accepting the awards at the IoT World award gala.

The first award that Watson IoT took home on Wednesday night was for Most Notable Merger & Acquisition of the Year! IBM acquired Oniqua in June 2018 and merged it into the Global Business Services and Watson IoT business units. Oniqua’s unique capabilities help optimize maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) inventories, freeing up capital for transformation and operations. Oniqua supports leading companies in asset-intensive industries such as mining, oil and gas, utilities, process manufacturing and transportation.

Oniqua completes the trifecta of asset optimization offerings

Oniqua represents a perfect complement to IBM’s existing Asset Optimization suite of offerings, which includes enterprise asset management (EAM) and asset performance management (APM). IBM EAM provides industry-leading capabilities such as scheduling and planning; work and service management; asset tracking; and order, vendor and contract management. IBM APM delivers predictive maintenance capabilities, equipment maintenance assistance, asset prioritization and asset health and situational awareness.

With MRO Inventory Optimization, Oniqua delivers the third leg of the stool, strengthening the existing APM and EAM solutions with material criticality analysis, inventory performance visibility, surplus and obsolete analysis, shared inventory optimization, and a host of other capabilities. The combination of APM + EAM + MRO Inventory Optimization powers the IBM Asset Optimization suite to deliver operational breakthroughs for customers in asset-intensive industries.

Watson IoT Platform named the best Industrial IoT Solution

The second award taken home by the IBM team was for it’s IoT Platform. Named the best Industrial IoT Solution, this service aims to simplify the collection and analysis of data from IoT devices, equipment and machines.

Al Opher and Skip Snyder accept the award for best Industrial IoT Solution at the IoT World Awards

The IoT Platform is making impacts across a range of industries, including cosmetics manufacturing, mineral mining, home appliance manufacturing, shipping, railways, energy supply companies and offshore drilling operations.

One example of a company utilizing the platform to reduce waste and produce a more consistent product is Sugar Creek Brewery. This small brewery added sensors to its bottling line and analyzed data using artificial intelligence. Real-time data on temperature, fill and foam levels give brewers the power to make faster decisions about production and quality.

In addition to benefits measured by clients, Watson IoT Platform has also been touted by multiple industry analysts. Most recently, Forrester Research evaluated Watson IoT Platform in its evaluation of Industrial IoT Software Platforms. The subsequent report (Forrester Wave: Industrial IoT Software Platforms), named IBM as a leader in its evaluation of the Most Significant IoT Software Platforms, Q3 2018

A great night of celebration!

It was a fun night of for all as the IBM team celebrated these amazing wins. To see more of the exciting happenings from IoT World 2019, be sure to check out Watson IoT on Twitter and LinkedIn and stay tuned for more highlights and interviews from the winners.