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The Digital Twin Accelerates IoT Development

A New IoT Programming Pattern Enables Digital-Physical Convergence

June 2, 2017

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  • By Jeffrey Hammond
  • with Christopher Mines,
  • Allison Vizgaitis,
  • Andrew Reese

Why Read This Brief

As internet of things (IoT) projects proliferate, application development and delivery (AD&D) teams are successfully applying best practices from high-velocity mobile app development. These include adoption of public cloud-based platform services with IoT and mobile-specific capabilities to accelerate product delivery. A key component of them is a design pattern called the "digital twin" — a doppelgänger of a physical device. This report describes why IoT platform providers created it, what its benefits are, and how it will become integral to next-gen software architecture. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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