IoT has continued to grow as a field in the past decade, with the world moving towards digitization and virtualization.

How to Become an IoT Solutions Architect?

IoT has continued to grow as a field in the past decade, with the world moving towards digitization and virtualization. On that account,  the field has been creating plenty of job opportunities for tech talent. Especially with the dearth of skilled talent, IoT has been producing attractive offers for the Indian talent. 

IoT demands a special kind of leadership, successful development and operation. It can be a difficult role to fill since these people are responsible for vision, strategy and end-to-end architecture of IoT solutions.  So, for instance, when a business communicates its network and system needs, the IoT architect must plan and fulfill these needs and also future needs. To do this and connect all the components and create the final architecture, the IoT architect must work on data collection, hardware, applications, systems and many other things. When the constructed project is finally completed, the IoT architect will work to create a plan that will be standardized for all stakeholders going forward. To do all of this IoT architects must have a good understanding of how the business works.

There are many industries that benefit from this technology like agriculture where it incorporates everything from drones to cattle monitors. In the energy industry for example, it is used to monitor and optimize energy. 

Finance uses this tech for automated processes and interactive credit cards. Healthcare uses tech to monitor equipment and patients remotely. Many other industries like hospitality, retail and manufacturing also uses this tech very effectively.

Technical qualifications to become an IoT architect

You will require a bachelor’s degree in IT, computer engineering or computer science. This will be a must that any employer will consider.

You will need to be familiar with IoT and related technologies. This means programming languages, data tools, embedded systems, software, hardware, networks, cloud services  and much more.

Understanding what solutions IoT businesses have used in the past can be an ace in your pack and help you to be a great IoT architect.

Managing and transferring data efficiently and appropriately is a big part of the design and solution process.

Earning IoT certifications and degrees is not so easy since this is a relatively new field. However, there are some companies that do offer training and certifications in IoT.

Skills needed to be an IoT architect

  •     Expertise in Java and Python will be needed to create solutions in the back end.
  •     Most websites today are built using HTML and CSS and so a knowledge of these will most definitely be needed.
  •     An IoT architect must be able to use data analytics to make decisions and create solutions.
  •     Knowledge of specific apps like M2M (which allows machines to share information without human intervention) and other such apps will be critical to this role.
  •     Since the work involves communication and data transfer between networks, security protocols, firewalls, cryptography and secure operating systems will be needed.         knowledge of all these are important.

·       A lot of soft skills like good communication, leadership along with collaboration and teamwork will be very useful as an IoT architect has to work with a lot of people. Interacting with leaders is part of the role and hence good presentation skills will also be useful.


Technology professionals must understand the internet of things as well as how businesses operate in order to match companies with the appropriate internet of things. IoT architects are thought leaders in their field, and they must be confident and convinced in order to communicate with other technology professionals and business stakeholders.

As an IoT architect you will need to handle big responsibilities and also have a variety of skills. Being multilingual and working with a lot of common sense would be an asset for someone in this role.

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