The best resource I've found on LoRa that is not LoRaWAN is Link Labs (www.link-labs.com). If you're already working in that space you're probably aware of them, but if not, check them out. If you want to work with the LoRaWAN standard but need it to be easy and simple - check out Everynet (www.everynet.com). They do everything from coverage to cloud to billing to APIs - and they do it quite well. My org is building a network in the U.S. with their platform but they have points of presence in something like 60 countries.
LoRa and NB-IoT look like they have lots of applications. The trade offs required for real applications are complex and there is no obvious answers even in specific segments.
LoRaWAN vs a proprietary protocol for LoRa radios is an interesting issue. Initially thinking that there was no reason not to do a LoRaWAN solution; however, we are completing a design which does not use this but actually uses the LoRa radio with a proprietary protocol. It is related to the limitations of LoRaWAN and the difficulty and cost of integrating it into other cloud systems.
Does anyone else have comments or experience to share in this area?