The Internet of Things is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade, and acquiring companies with related assets will be a core part of larger tech players' strategies to be at the forefront of IoT. With the Internet of Things on track to have a growing impact on the mergers-and-acquisitions landscape going forward, it's worth taking a look at some of the biggest buys so far.

Click through the following presentation for a look at the five biggest Internet of Things acquisitions so far, and what big purchases mean for Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL).

The 5 biggest Internet of Things Acquisitions So Far from The Motley Fool

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. We’re motley! Questioning an investing thesis -- even one of our own -- helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.