[2022 Edition Survey Results] Building IIoT Systems

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[2022 Edition Survey Results] Building IIoT Systems

In the past several years, many companies have started to plan or implement Industrial IoT projects aimed at connecting devices and using data for operational improvement. Digital transformation promises to improve efficiency, minimize downtime, reduce costs, and help companies become more agile and responsive to changing market conditions. IIoT projects have become essential to the long-term competitiveness of these companies.

IIoT World recently conducted a survey of their community members to gain a better understanding of how companies are implementing their projects and building IIoT systems. The goal was to gather insights into how companies are adopting IIoT technologies, the challenges they face, which benefits they are achieving, and which key technologies are being deployed. A total of 402 responses were collected.

This report was written and sponsored by HiveMQ based on the data from the IIoT World Survey.


  • 67% of the companies surveyed have already deployed or are in the process of developing an IIoT strategy. 33% are still researching IIoT solutions.
  • Increased productivity (33%) and improved Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) (32%) are the top benefits companies expect to gain from implementing IIoT systems.
  • Leadership support (39%) and cybersecurity (39%) are the key challenges companies cite in implementing a new IIoT system.
  • 44% of companies are planning to execute IIoT projects with in-house development.
  • MQTT (55%) and HTTP (51%) are considered to be essential data movement tools for fulfilling IIoT strategies.
  • Sparkplug is still in its infancy but 27% of companies say they have deployed or are looking at using Sparkplug, while 37% say they need to learn more about it.
  • Microsoft Azure (20%) is the leading cloud provider for IIoT systems, followed by Amazon Web Services (17%), and multi-cloud (14%). Find more about 10 Rules Behind Amazon’s Success You Can Use on Your Digital Transformation Journey.

Overall, the industry appears to be embracing IIoT technologies and moving towards full implementation and deployment of IIoT solutions. MQTT has been identified as a key enabler for these IIoT projects and is rapidly replacing other technologies such as OPC-UA and Modbus, while Sparkplug is an up-and-coming enabler. More about Filling the Gaps of Data Interoperability with MQTT Sparkplug.

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