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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It isn’t a surprise that more enterprises are coming forward to invest in the Internet of Things in 2019. As more IoT value propositions pop up and adopters increase, it’s important to focus on the idea of managing the end-to-end life cycle of IoT devices.

The Internet of Things is essentially an ecosystem where different types of solutions come together to solve a problem. It will be up to the adopter to support this ecosystem so that IoT delivers on its promises. And supporting IoT effectively will only be possible if the organization can devise a unique set of support strategies, and possess the right skillset to oversee the execution of that strategy.

Capitalizing on this managed service opportunity would certainly pose a great challenge to CIOs this year.

Here’s how organizations can ensure that their help desk is fully capable of supporting IoT.

Train help desk personnel

Help desk responsibilities, when it comes to IoT, can change as the technology evolves. So the support team will need adequate training to respond to IoT issue tickets. CIOs can invest in AI solutions to help provide support to end users. Users can also be given self-help resources & access to other knowledge bases. But not all problems can be resolved by relying on such resources, knowledge bases or AI support. The help desk should ultimately be capable of resolving issues which means they should be extensively trained on IoT technologies & their radical changes.

The support team should not be focused on applications alone

IoT isn’t like any other technology we have today. It’s quite complicated yet still at its infancy. Therefore the IoT support personnel will require in-depth understanding of new IoT equipment, sensors, and other components as well as their network interface, security aspects, communications, and associated IoT applications. To conclude, help desks shouldn’t be focused on IoT apps alone.

Ensure collaboration between help desk and network/security departments

Resolving IoT issues may sometimes involve not just software but also hardware, security, and networks/communications. Therefore, the support team should have access to network and systems, and should also have the provision to contact operations personnel should they require deeper level expertise. Typically, help desks are isolated from the core departments. But it should be different in IoT’s case. It’s up to the CIOs to establish a collaborative IoT support environment.

Ensure vendor-responsiveness

The challenges associated with IoT can be both complex & simple at the same time, and can overwhelm an organization that isn’t properly equipped to provide support. IoT solutions don’t have a standard operating system. There are a lot of IoT vendors that offer unique IoT solutions. So help desk personnel may not always be able to resolve certain IoT issues by themselves.

This is why CIOs should facilitate communication between the help desk personnel and IoT vendors to resolve issues. Vendor-responsiveness should be prioritized among various other variables that CIOs take into account to measure help desk performance. To learn more about managed IoT services and bespoke IoT apps, get in touch with AOT’s experts today. Drop us a message and we will get back to you.

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By observing technological advancements, businesses would be able to leverage new-gen technology better to accelerate their growth. This is why big companies are always looking out for the ‘next big thing’. Acquiring advanced data management, network control, and analytics tools is the key to achieve smoother business flow. However, it’s not easy for businesses to figure out the right technology that meets their business needs or get the best digital solutions to carry them forward.

As of now, the technologies that are making a big difference for businesses are IoT, big data, and the cloud. We will be focusing on IoT in this blog.

IoT application development

IoT or the Internet of Things is all about synchronized connection. Devices of different shapes and sizes, serving different purposes are connected to each other in an IoT environment. To provide the best results, IoT integrates microservices, wireless technology, sensors, and powerful analytics algorithms. It’s safe to say at this point that IoT applications can deliver great results for businesses today.

Building an effective IoT application is the hard part. Most systems today are incapable of providing a uniform experience across devices in an IoT ecosystem. This is where Node.js comes into the picture.

Node.js addresses the needs of IoT

According to IHS, IoT is predicted to expand to over 30 billion devices by 2020.

Correlate this fact to the dominance of Node.js today in building highly scalable, feature-rich modern applications.

Built on Google’s V8 open source JavaScript engine, the popular cross-platform JavaScript runtime environment is a favorite of big brands when it comes to developing and maintaining powerful real-time applications.

IoT devices generate a lot of requests due to the interaction of the connected devices. Node.js is fast enough to handle the requests smoother and faster than every other alternative. In addition, the Node Packaged Modules (NPM) is armed with advanced repositories capable of meeting IoT needs. Node.js also occupies less memory on the server-side, and delivers better performance and better real-time execution capabilities.

Why it is the ideal choice for IoT apps?

If IoT is involved, there’s obviously a need to connect with sensors, beacons, transmitters etc. What makes Node.js ideal for IoT apps is its ability to handle such sophisticated interconnection and the massive number of data transactions generated.

The open source platform’s sockets and MQTT messaging protocol are designed to streamline data transmission in IoT applications. For large-scale IoT application production purposes, there exists a number of devices, platforms, and programs including Arduino, Galileo, Intel Edison, Raspberry Pi etc. The Node Packaged Modules (NPM) consists of packages for Arduino controllers, Intel Edison, and Raspberry Pi. The NPM also offers many different built-in architectures for Bluetooth sensors and devices.

Conclusion

Node.js, being a JavaScript platform, is very easy to use and understand making it a great asset for budding IoT developers. To conclude, it facilitates data collection, inter-device communication, and data analysis much better than most other options available today. Node.js certainly is a great technology for IoT application development.

If you seek an IoT partner to get your business on the Internet of Things bandwagon, you should talk with AoT’s Node.js experts. We have experienced analysts and IoT professionals to help you determine the best approach to adopting the revolutionary technology.

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