In May 2017, Vanson Bourne, a specialist technology market research company, interviewed 500 respondents about their use of, attitude to, and predictions for IoT within their organisations.

These respondents were qualified by their involvement in their organisations’ IoT-based solutions, and by the size and type of organisations they work for.

All respondents have either decision-making, influencing, or executional responsibilities for IoT initiatives in their organisations. They represent a broad range of functions within their organisations, including business strategy, engineering, information technology, and operations.

Respondents by sector (%)

Respondents were divided evenly between four target industries – agritech, energy, mining, and transport – and a fifth category that included a collection of industries. This ‘other’ category was included so that we could draw conclusions about IoT within the broader business community, and compare those to our target industries

20% Agritech
20% Energy
20% Other
20% Mining
20% Transportation

Respondents by size of organisation (%)

All the respondents work at organisations that employ at least 1,001 employees

20% 1,001-3,000 employees
16.5% 3,001-5,000 employees
13.5% More than 5,000 employees
  • Respondents by region

The geographical mix of respondents, which were sourced from throughout EMEA, the Americas and Asia-Pacific, provided us with a global and representative picture of the market.



With a broad array of organisations canvassed – some firmly rooted in previous industrial revolutions and some very much responding to recent technological developments – the findings offer a barometer on the ways that these sectors are changing, thanks in no small part to IoT.

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