This IDC Manufacturing Insights Perspective analyzes National Instruments' (NI's) Internet of Things (IotT) journey so far and future plans and opportunities. NI is a leading player in the niche market of testing, measurement, and control systems for laboratory and related industrial equipment. NI's relatively recent entry into IoT is an interesting journey given its unique legacy as a technology enabler in this large market and its related set of offerings.
Within IoT, NI sees two broad segments — consumer products and industrial Internet, the second being the area of focus for NI. This is being addressed by expanding beyond the traditional core strength of "Test and Measurement" into a more IoT-related area of "Embedded Monitoring and Control." This expansion on the focus area is keeping in line with the company's legacy engineering and control systems.