Project Concept

This project will introduce the process of taking your IoT solution from concept to design.

Following the steps in this guide, you will create a solution that doesn’t need to be constantly revamped, by creating a comprehensive Data Model before starting to build and test your solution.

We will teach you how to utilize a few proposed best practices for designing the ThingWorx Data Model and provide some prescriptive methods to help you generate a high-quality framework that meets your business needs.

Project Info

Type Tutorial
Level Intermediate
Est. Time 60 Minutes
Published June 15, 2018
Author Jason Wyatt

You'll learn how to

    • Create user stories
    • Identify endpoints in your system
    • Break down your Data Model using an Entity Relationship Diagram
    • Decide when to use Thing Templates vs Thing Shapes vs directly-instantiated Things
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Things used in this project


This guide may be completed within any environment where you have access to the ThingWorx Foundation server.

This includes TTE, ATE, native trial, or a hosted trial.

Software components:
Previous knowledge:


  • Step 1: Data Model Methodology
  • Step 2: User Stories
  • Step 3: Data Sources - Thing List
  • Step 4: Data Sources - Component Breakout
  • Step 5: Data Sources - Thing-Component Matrix
  • Step 6: Model Breakdown
  • Step 7: Prioritize
  • Step 8: Largest Group
  • Step 9: Iterate
  • Step 10: Validate
  • Step 11: Conclusion