Millions of new developers are going to be working on Internet of Things applications, leading a growing number of potential ecosystem participants to prep for potential new roles in the IoT business, beginning with developer support and platforms for industrial Internet of Things, for example. According to VisionMobile, nearly 10 million developers will be active in IoT by 2020, doubling the estimated five million working in the IoT area today.

AT&T and IBM  now are working together to help developers–and the enterprises supporting them–create apps related to Internet of Things (IoT).

Separately, GE and Microsoft are working on an IoT platform support initiative of their own, working to make GE’s Predix platform for the Industrial Internet available on the Microsoft Azure cloud for industrial businesses.

The move marks the first step in a broad strategic collaboration between the two companies, which will allow customers around the world to capture intelligence from their industrial assets and take advantage of Microsoft’s enterprise cloud applications.

IBM and AT&T are expanding their investment in open-source based tools, such as Node-Red, and open standards like MQTT, all essential for creating IoT solutions.

In addition, IBM’s Watson cognitive computing and AT&T’s IoT Platforms like Flow Designer and M2X, and access to its global network, will be pushed as development and execution tools.  

Internet of Things will be a significant focus at the next Spectrum Futures conference.