Do You Need to Build IoT Applications?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) presents an enormous opportunity to reshape entire industries. According to McKinsey & Co, the merging of the physical and digital worlds via IoT could generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in economic value by 2025.

Naturally, your organization may be wondering how to best harness IoT to improve your operations and deliver differentiating products and services. This requires building IoT applications that combine sensor data with predictive analytics and machine learning technologies to create intelligent, context-aware and proactive user experiences for your employees, customers and partners.

Unfortunately, building these types of IoT applications—or Smart Apps, as they’re often called—can be challenging.

The challenge of building IoT applications

IoT application development requires many, disparate technologies. IoT solutions are typically composed of a complex, heterogeneous mix of IoT endpoints, platforms, back-end systems and data (e.g. sensors, actuators, processors, embedded software, local and long-range connectivity, middleware, apps, analytics, machine learning, etc.).

In addition, building IoT applications requires scarce, hard-to-find specialist skills. Developers must not only be versed in their organization’s IoT platform and its underlying services but the big data and machine learning technologies required to make sense of real-time data streams. At the same time, because IoT represents unchartered territory, they must collaborate with the business to experiment with new ideas and bring new solutions to market through rapid iteration.

This all results in a lot of time and effort to build IoT applications. On top of that, the accelerating pace of change is making it hard for enterprise IT teams to keep up with new capabilities and advancements.

A rapid path for building IoT applications

The Mendix Platform is the fastest and easiest way to build IoT applications. The platform’s visual, model-driven approach enables both pro and less technical developers to consume IoT services from best-in-class IoT platforms, including AWS, IBM Watson, Microsoft Azure and KPN LoRa. Through this platform agnostic strategy, Mendix enables organizations to build rich experiences on top of connected devices to transform their operations, products and business models.

Mendix abstracts the technical complexity of developing IoT applications so users do not need to be deeply steeped in IoT or machine learning to take advantage of these services. The Mendix Platform enables users to drag and drop components and services into their applications to rapidly develop Smart Apps and bring new innovations to market at unprecedented speed.