Before the so-called cloud eclipsed the use of the terminology "web services," as noted, several embedded software vendors were using online services, including several embedded linux vendors, and fpga tool vendor altium, which i think has its web capability built around Microsoft server framework. Several companies are already halfway there using tools that would allow them to easily up grade - cypress psoc software tools are built on an xml framework, for example.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.