A recent Cisco survey found that IoT projects in organizations are delayed almost 60% of the time when it comes to development and deployment. This can be attributed to the fact that IoT still is considered a relatively new technology at its infancy. But there’s no question on IoT’s potential, however. If successfully deployed, IoT projects can potentially grant huge benefits.

The biggest step…

Despite the challenges and concerns, IoT application development only seems to be gaining momentum. As IoT requires various business and operational units to work harmoniously, it can be overwhelmingly challenging to design and deploy appropriate IoT strategies compared to carrying out most other software initiatives. Executing an effective IoT strategy is the biggest step towards succeeding with IoT.

Such a strategy will need to take various factors into account including collaboration among teams, interoperability, planning, adherence to business goals etc. Ironically, in many cases, considering all these factors and more to devise the perfect IoT strategy would make the IoT project cumbersome for organizations. Organizations investing in IoT are walking a thin line at this point.

Treading lightly…

There are things that companies can plan and execute that would subsequently help them with the successful deployment of their IoT projects.

Here is a list of useful tips for your enterprise to succeed with IoT project deployment.

Extensive research

The most obvious thing to do when undertaking an IT project is to define problem statements. It may sound surprising but many organizations simply don’t put an effort into understanding problems and defining problem statements clearly. This can end up causing a lot of problems for organizations developing IoT applications.

For a great beginning, every decision-maker in an organization should set measurable and attainable goals while identifying key success metrics to achieve those goals. This in turn calls for lots of research into understanding the idea behind the development of the IoT app and the impact of the app in terms of productivity, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. Good research can even cut development costs.

Understand scope for scaling IoT systems

The Internet of Things is all about connected devices and systems. If anything, an IoT ecosystem should be scalable. So it’s important to understand the scope of scaling IoT systems and services. It’s also important to ensure that once the IoT app is delivered, all components involved are working together in sync without impacting scalability in any way.

Understand hardware-software integration requirements

As mentioned before, IoT is all about components harmoniously working in a controlled, secure ecosystem. To make this possible, efficient integration of the components involved in the development process is vital not to mention feasible.

With IoT being a complicated concept, ensuring feasible integration of software and hardware components may require organizations to partner with equipment manufacturers and IoT specialists. Identifying such requirements and needs in earlier stages enables organizations to clearly comprehend the IoT application’s capabilities and its shortcomings. The information from this phase can be used to fix those areas that need more attention.

A clear scope of the project

Any IT project, be it IoT app development or something else, needs to have a properly defined project scope lacking which the project may deliver end results totally different from what was expected. Before commencing the project, it’s important to define what the project is expected to deliver as well as the steps to be taken for the project to deliver them. One great approach to do all this is to develop a project roadmap.

A project roadmap gives stakeholders an overview of the project which includes everything from the project’s timelines to expected outcomes and expected progress milestones. An added benefit to this approach is that it limits project risks. When it comes to enterprise IoT app development, a roadmap can also be useful to the development team to measure their progress and check their achievements during the development lifecycle.

Determine important metrics

As there will be a lot of connected devices in an IoT ecosystem, the data obtained from these devices will be very large. The presence of multiple data points means there will potentially be copious amounts of big data sets. Some of these data hide priceless insights that could potentially contribute to a faster growth for the organization.

This is why real-time big data analytics is trending amongst enterprises. Provided an enterprise is willing to invest in big data tools and approaches, they will be able to translate those volumes of data into useful metrics.

Prioritize intuitive user experience

A great user experience is a critical aspect of an enterprise-grade IoT application. The user experience should be based on the types of users. A typical enterprise mobile application features a UI layer built for manager-level personnel of the enterprise as well as its decision makers.  

In an IoT environment, on the other hand, there would be a ‘Supervisors’ group – people who send commands, control actuators, and monitor the connected devices. They are responsible for ensuring the harmony of the connected devices. Then there are other groups namely analysts, technical support, and decision-makers – each serving different purposes. The app’s UX should be tailored to each of them.

Determining use cases

The IoT project’s success also depends on whether the project was based on well-defined use cases. The use cases should be defined while taking into account the product’s potential to drive revenue & adoption, reduce costs, and solve a problem that bothers the targeted user base.

The usefulness of use cases can be ensured via a methodology that encourages an iterative cycle of releasing prototypes, testing them in the market, detecting flaws, and rectifying them.

Conclusion

At present, leveraging IoT for enterprise benefits requires great proficiency combined with deep knowledge. The technology is susceptible to many vulnerabilities and security issues which require focused attention more so than many enterprises presume. IoT is nevertheless a worthy investment. If your enterprise is willing to invest in IoT but lacks the expertise, we can help you out. Partner with AOT to maximize benefits from your IoT investment. Contact us for a deeper, more educative discussion.

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The success of a company also depends on its employees and how engaged they are to ensure that success. If they aren’t engaged, there would be decreased job satisfaction which would subsequently lead to loss of productivity and innovation not to mention high employee turnover rates. Disengaged employees consequently delay the progress of a business.

Fortunately, modern-day technologies can help enterprises address this particular issue, though they also made it a bit more challenging. Technology made the workforce mobile today, increasing the challenge for enterprises to figure out ways to improve employee engagement. To keep a mobile workforce engaged, enterprises turn to mobile apps.

Here are a few ways how enterprise mobile apps affect workforce engagement.

Employee empowerment

Mobile apps actually make it practical for employees to go mobile. The app can connect employees to the network of their employer, so they will be able to work from wherever they want on a great mobile user interface. Employees also get access to all the information they need to do their work, even while in transit.

Improved workflow to increase efficiency

Mobility also impacted the way businesses operate. There are mobile apps for almost everything today. Millennials now expect every technology they come across to provide the same flexibility as their mobile devices. Enterprise mobile apps grant similar flexibility to employees, allowing them to use the app to access data in the enterprise’s network. Such enterprise apps can function even when network connection drops, and synchronize later when the connection comes back online.

The apps also allow employers to assign specific tasks to employees and schedule them, while automating repetitive tasks in-house. By facilitating a centralized task management, the apps essentially make it easier for the enterprise to track employee work progress and performance, also giving them insights to improve efficiency. At the same time, the employees can seamlessly finish their tasks across multiple devices while keeping track of their progress and schedule.

Increased collaboration

Enterprise mobile apps facilitate effective communication among employees. The connections among coworkers increase employee engagement, as the workforce would be inspired with a sense of togetherness.

As the business grows, employees may end up in different teams operating in different environments. Even in such situations, they would be able to reach out to colleagues in different teams for support through the enterprise app i.e. they can work rest assured that they can get help fairly quickly should they need it.

Builds trust

Internal mobile apps in an enterprise also build trust by making the whole ecosystem transparent to every authorized person associated with it. With the apps guiding employees to perform their tasks better, the employees’ behavior would subsequently favor the business’ growth by supporting its goals.

There would be goal alignment and employee engagement, which motivates the workforce to do their best to realize the company’s vision. Meanwhile, the organization would be able to see employee contributions and achievements, and reward them accordingly.

Conclusion

This is just one aspect that enterprise mobile applications can optimize in a business’ internal ecosystem. In a world where businesses leverage mobility to boost their progress, a robust mobile app tailored to benefit the workforce in an organization plays a pivotal role in its faster growth.

AoT technologies are leading experts in crafting such apps that empower enterprises. Get in touch with us to explore the benefits of an AoT-powered custom mobile app for your business.

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