The potential economic impact of the Internet of Things is $11.1 trillion per year by 2025.

So Dell did a smart thing in April of 2016 by teaming up with a number of companies, including Microsoft, GE, OSIsoft, PTCSAP and Software AG to launch their IoT Partner Solutions Program.  The program builds an ecosystem of partners to help customers navigate the fragmented Internet of Thingss (IoT) landscape and identify the right technologies to develop IoT solutions. Dell, a global leader in computing technology, will offer participating partners access to their robust product portfolio and world-class support. 

Now Dell is doubling the number of partners it works with in that space through a “matchmaking” system that aims to help customers partner with the right solution providers for their specific needs. VMWare is one of those partners.

The IoT Partner Solutions Program program combine sa global network of experienced Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s) with Dell’s broad portfolio of IoT assets, including purpose built intelligent gateways and embedded PC’s, and data and integration software like Boomi and Statistica, helping organizations develop, deploy and maintain leading-edge solutions.

“Microsoft is continuing its work with Dell across our offerings for every IoT scenario, from the Azure IoT Suite to Windows 10 on the Dell Edge Gateways,” said Caglayan Arkan, general manager, Worldwide Manufacturing, Microsoft Corp. “Our collaboration will help both companies to ensure that our customers receive a world-class ecosystem of devices and services and time to production at industry-leading speeds,”

There is more to the IoT than electronics talking to one another and automating things around the house for you.

According to McKinsey‘s report, business-to-business applications will create more value than purely consumer applications.

“While consumer applications such as fitness monitors and self-driving cars attract the most attention and can create significant value, we estimated that B2B users can generate nearly 70 percent of potential value enabled by IoT,” McKinsey said.

Key areas requiring development include energy-efficient sensing and computing, security and safety, memory technology to handle an explosion of storage requirements, and insight computing that will require research in fields such as machine learning and data analytics.